Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III launched with OLED 120Hz CinemaWide Display, Snapdragon 888 SoC, Variable Aperture Telephoto camera

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Sony Xperia 1 III launch

Sony just launched its latest flagship 5G smartphones the Xperia 1 III (Pronounced Mark 3) and Xperia 5 III at an online event, as we expected. The Xperia 1 III has a 6.5-inch 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, while the Xperia 5 III has 6.1-inch 21:9 CinemaWide FHD+ HDR display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 240Hz touch scanning rate, but comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner instead of the in-display fingerprint scanner. Both runs on the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of RAM, 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, support for sub-6GHz 5G, and based on Android 11.

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Coming to the cameras, these phones have a triple rear camera setup where a 12 MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS along with 12 MP ultra-wide camera, and a 12 MP telephoto lens that can shoot in 75mm and 105mm focal lengths with fast AF that lets you capture moving subjects even at a distance. Because two focal lengths are present in one telephoto module with Dual PDAF sensors when you switch between 70 mm and 105 mm, the focal lens unit and the AF lens unit work in unison to focus fast.

Sony Xperia 1 III camera features

The Xperia 1 III has a 3D iToF (indirect Time-of-Flight) sensor, and both features ZEISS optics with T* (T-Star) anti-reflective coating that gives the best quality of images and delivers the best photography experience and up to 20fps AF/AE tracking burst, same as the previous one. Only Xperia 1 III has Cinema Pro features, powered by CineAlta offers 21:9 Movie recording in 4K HDR that provided the best results even in backlit scenes or low light.

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These phones have Gorilla Glass 6 protection for the frosted glass back panel and have Full-Stage stereo speakers, a 3.5 mm audio jack, Sony’s own 360 Reality Audio with Dolby Atmos sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment. Both are powered by a 4,500mAh battery that supports fast charging and Qi wireless charging, but Xperia 5 III doesn't have wireless charging.

Sony Xperia 1 III 2             Sony Xperia 5 III 2

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III Specifications -

  • Xperia 1 III - 6.5-inch (1644x3840pixels) 4K OLED HDR Display with 21:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, X1 for mobile, illuminant D65 White point, 10-bit tonal gradation, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection
  • Xperia 5 III - 6.1-inch (2520×1080 pixels) Full HD+ OLED HDR Display with 21:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
ProcessorOcta-Core Snapdragon 888 5nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 660 GPU
  • Xperia 1 III - 12GB RAM, 256GB (UFS 3.1) internal memory, expandable memory up to 1TB via microSD card
  • Xperia 5 III - 8GB RAM, 128GB (UFS 3.1) internal memory, expandable memory up to 1TB via microSD card
OS/UIAndroid 11
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
Rear Cameras12MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 1/1.7″ sensor, f/1.7 aperture, Hybrid OIS/EIS, 12MP f/2.2 aperture 1/2.″124° ultra-wide-angle, 12MP f/2.3 (70 mm), f/2.8 (105 mm) variable aperture 1/2.9″ telephoto lens, Up to 12.5x hybrid zoom, 3D iToF sensor, ZEISS T* coating, (Xperia 5 III) Real-Time Eye AF (Human, Animal) 
Front Camera8MP front-facing camera with 1/ 4″ Exmor RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, 84° wide-angle lens
  • Side-mounted Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Reality Audio, 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding, 360 Spatial Sound19, Full-Stage stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, DSEE Ultimate, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm aptX HD audio
  • Water-resistant (IPX5/IPX8), Dustproof (IP6X)5
  • Xperia 1 III - 165.1 × 71.12 × 7.62 mm
  • Xperia 5 III - 157 x 68 x 8.2mm
Weight 187.1g (Xperia 1 III) / 168g(Xperia 5 III)
Connectivity5G (sub-6GHz) / 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz / 5GHz) 2 x 2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS/ GLONASS, NFC, USB 3.1 Type-C
Battery/Charger4500mAh Battery with (USB PD) fast charging, Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, (Xperia 1 III) Qi Wireless charging, Battery Share function

The Sony Xperia 1 III comes in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple colors and Sony Xperia 5 III comes in Black, Green, and Pink colors. Both will be available in early Summer, and the pricing will be announced near the sale date.