Review Sony Xperia 1 III – Sony has just held its Xperia event and introduced three new phones with two of them being full-fledged flagships called Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III.
The Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III feature a unique variable telephoto camera that can switch between 70mm and 105mm, which equates to approx. 2.9x and 4.4x optical zooms.
The lenses of both phones themselves use a Sony 12MP 1 / 2.9 “sensor with an aperture of f / 2.3 or f / 2.8 depending on the focal length you are using and optical image stabilization. Digital zoom can now reach the equivalent of 300mm, compared to 200mm on the Xperia 1 II. and 5 II and Sony calls it AI super resolution zoom.
The main cameras of the Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III use a 12MP 1 / 1.7 “sensor combined with an f / 1.7 OIS lens while the ultrawide lens has a lens of 12MP 1 / 2.6”, f / 2.2 aperture and autofocus, which is not common in ultrawide units even among flagships in general.
For optimal performance on this camera, Sony has attached a ZEISS lens with a T coating. Additional software features for the Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III cameras include real-time Eye AF on top of the existing Eye AF which works on animals and humans. , Optical SteadyShot and 4K recording at 120fps for crisp slow motion.
The front camera remains unchanged from last year – using the same 8MP sensor. The only difference on the camera front is the 3D ToF camera, which is exclusive to the Xperia 1 III. This means the phone is also the only one that supports autofocus tracking, even though the Xperia 5 III still has “Realtime Eye AF”.
With camera types being largely identical, it is the display that sets the Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III apart. The larger Sony Xperia 1 III sports a 6.5-inch 4K OLED panel with a 21: 9 cinematic aspect ratio and is capable of running at 120Hz and displaying HDR content.
The Sony Xperia 5 III is also moving to a 120Hz refresh rate, but on a smaller 6.1-inch OLED panel with Full HD resolution with the same 21: 9 aspect ratio and it comes with HDR support.
Both phones are powered by the Snapdragon 888 flagship chipset with the Sony Xperia 1 III having 12GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB storage. The Sony Xperia 5 III gets the slightly more conservative 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB versions. Both phones have hybrid dual SIM slots so you can easily expand storage via a microSD card if you need to.
Even the battery is the same at 4,500mAh with support for fast charging up to 30W (50% in 30 minutes) promising a lifetime of 3 years. The Sony Xperia 1 III also adds wireless charging, but the Sony Xperia 5 III doesn’t have it.