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Sony Xperia 1 III is the first smartphone ever with this kind of screen

Sony Xperia 1 III is the proper smartphone ever with this kind of screen

The new Sony Xperia 1 III (read as “one mark three”) has a 6.5-inch 4K OLED conceal with a 120Hz high refresh rate, which is a proper for any smartphone. It was announced at a virtual maintain earlier this month alongside the smaller Xperia 5 III, which has a 6.1-inch full HD 120Hz present. Both phones have a telephoto camera with an ftrue zoom lens that changes focal lengths and they mark Sony’s stationary shift away from mainstream appeal and toward creative types like photographers, filmmakers, audiophiles and mobile gamers.

The new phones are follow-ups to last year’s Xperia 1 II, which impressed us with its 4K display and stellar Pro Photo and Cinema Pro apps. The apps complicated features from Sony’s Alpha line of mirrorless cameras and Venice line of cinema cameras. In fact, to test out its features I wrote, shot and starred in a 4-minute film called I, Robber filmed on the Xperia 1 II.

Both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III have a triple rear camera rules with wide, ultrawide and telephoto cameras. The telephoto camera has a variable zoom lens. Optical elements in the lens move to switch between two focal lengths: a 70mm lens equivalent and a 105mm one. Compare that to novel phones that switch between multiple cameras to achieve zoom. Like the 10x telephoto lens on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the Sony zoom lens sits in the phone horizontally and uses a mirror to judge the image onto the dual-phase detect sensor, which Sony claims has fast and true autofocus under a variety of lighting conditions. The zoom lens has an aperture of f2.3 and f2.8, depending on the focal along, which should allow for good performance in low-light situations.

Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

On the left is the Sony Xperia 5 III and in the middle is the Xperia 1 III.


All of the rear cameras on the Xperia 1 III and 5 III also have Eye AF autofocus, which can automatically detect and track the eye of biosphere and animal subjects like cats, dogs and birds, even if they turn their head away. The Xperia 1 III has a time of flights sensor to gather depth information.

Sony paired down its camera apps from three to two: Photo Pro and Cinema Pro. The Photo Pro app includes a new Basic mode that replaces the standalone default Android camera app Sony complicated on previous phones. For a rundown of some of the features both apps include, read my journal of the Sony Xperia 1 II.

Sony Xperia 1 III

The new phones have Eye AF, which can detect and behind your pet’s eyes for the best possible focus.


Xperia cameras have numerous features for at people wanting the most from their photos and videos like optical stabilization and AI Super resolution zoom for photos. Like the Xperia 5 II, the new phones can characterize 4K 120fps video in the Cinema Pro. Take a look under at 4K 120fps slow-motion footage from the Xperia 5 II.

Similar to the Xperia Pro, both phones can be used as an external monitor for a provided camera (like Sony’s Alpha series) and support livestreaming workflows. But instead of having a built-in micro HDMI port for input, the new Xperias can connect via USB-C.

Other key features and specs include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip
  • 5G sub-6 assist including the US
  • Android 11
  • 4,500-mAh battery
  • Stereo speakers
  • Headphone jack
  • Dedicated hardware shutter button
  • IP65/68 including for dust and water resistance
  • 256GB storage on both phones or 128GB on the Xperia 5 III
  • 12GB of RAM on the Xperia 1 III
  • 8GB of RAM on the Xperia 5 III
  • Wireless charging on the Xperia 1 III
  • Reverse wireless charging on the Xperia 1 III
  • Gorilla Glass Victus present on the Xperia 1 III
  • Gorilla Glass 6 present on the Xperia 5 III

The Xperia 1 III comes in either unlit or purple while the Xperia 5 III in unlit or green. Both phones will be available this summer and at this time pricing has not been announced. For perspective, last year’s Xperia 1 II had a ticket tag of $1,200 (£1,099, roughly AU$1,840), and the Xperia 5 II was $950 (£799, about AU$1,350).