Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III
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256 GB

Pro and cons Sony Xperia 1 III

  • Beautiful 4K screen
  • Strong camera performance
  • Many audio functions
  • Powerful performance
  • High price

Price Sony Xperia 1 III SIM Free

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Frosted Purple
£ 698,99 £ 704,99   View
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£ 749,99 £ 755,99   View
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£ 999,00 £ 999,00   View

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Sony Xperia 1 III product description

The Sony Xperia 1 III, also known as Xperia 1 Mark 3, is Sony's flagship phone for 2021. It is the first Xperia phone to have a periscope camera that allows you to zoom in between 5 and 10x without losing quality. Let's find out whether it manages to stand out enough from the rest.

Is this the perfect screen?

The biggest disadvantage of Sony phones is that there is so much to tell about them. That always makes these texts a bit longer than average, so we apologise for that already. This Xperia 1 III also has a lot to tell. Starting with the screen. It's a 6.5-inch fully notchless screen with HDR colour reproduction, a high-contrast OLED panel, high 4K resolution, an elongated 21:9 ratio and with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate. Huge overkill but the best available today without any concessions. So it seems but it's just who you ask. The fingerprint scanner is not below the screen but on the side and the screen is also quite narrow. Perfect for those who can handle it but hated by others.

Sony Xperia 1 III purple overview

Variable telephoto lens

Biggest innovation of this "Mark 3" is the camera system. This comes from the Alpha 9 series and for the first time features a periscope camera with variable aperture. In total there are four cameras; a primary 12MP with 24mm f/1.7 lens, a 12MP ultra-wide-angle with 16mm f/2.2 lens, a 3D iTOF depth camera to accurately measure distances and the star of the show: a 12MP periscope camera with variable f/2.3 and f/2.8 lens. The Xperia 1 III detects the object you want to photograph, tracks it and focuses on it at lightning speed. Thanks to this Real-time Tracking, you never miss a chance to get a sharp picture. Especially since you can shoot 20 frames per second in a row. Zooming can be done this time with 2 different focal lengths; 70 and 105mm. That corresponds roughly to 3 and 4.5x optical zoom. Switching between both is especially fast, partially because the lens is combined with a Dual PD sensor for accurately sharp images.

Main Sony Xperia 1 III specifications

  • 6.5-inch large 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display with 120Hz display
  • 12+12+12 Quad Camera with periscope lens for zoom and accurate eye and object tracking
  • Powerful Snapdragon 888 processor with 12GB of RAM memory
  • 4500 mAh large battery with 30W fast charging + wireless charging
  • Waterproof glass body (IP65/68)
  • 256GB of storage memory, expandable up to max. 1TB
  • Dual SIM slot (shared with memory slot)
  • 5G support for blazing fast mobile internet

Sound, both wired and wireless

As usual, the Xperia 1 III is another excellent multimedia phone. Not only can you watch content back on the screen in biscuit style, but the sound is also of a high standard. Spacious Dolby Atmos sounds over the stereo speakers and over the 3.5mm headphone port is high-fidelity sound with less distortion and up to 40% more volume. Wireless music listening is also improved by high-resolution audio codecs such as LDAC. The Xperia 1 III also features 360 Spatial Sound. With headphones on, stereo audio doesn't move with your head but is instead locked in space. This gives an extra dimension and unique listening experience.

For the Content Creators

Sony also stuffs this Xperia 1 III full of all kinds of features that actually deserve a whole chapter of explanation. Think of BionZ X engine for better nite shots, Optimise V.C. microphone that in combination with a gaming headset can reduce background noise, DSEE Ultimate that can upscale sound files with the help of artificial intelligence and the numerous video features including a wind noise filter and FlawlessEye. There is simply too little time to discuss everything in depth. Hopefully it's now clear that there's plenty to explore when you get your hands on an Xperia 1 III. Everything has been thought of and that makes this the ultimate phone for content creators and purists.

Also just a phone

We would almost forget that the Xperia 1 M3 also just a phone. A 5G phone that is. All thanks to the Snapdragon 888 processor with built-in 5G modem. It also has a generous 12GB of memory for extremely powerful performance. The battery measures 4500 mAh and that seems meagre for all the functions. Yet numerous reviews show that the battery life is very decent. Moreover, a 30W quick charger is included in the box. Your battery will be half full after half an hour. Wireless charging is also one of the possibilities and for the first time you can charge other devices wirelessly. The housing is still IP65/68 waterproof and this time it is matte with Gorilla Victus glass in front, and Gorilla Glass 6 behind. Unfortunately, all this does come with a hefty price tag.

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Sony Xperia 1 III specification summary

Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8,2 mm
Weight 187 gr
EAN code 7311271700708, 7311271700685, 7311271700647, 7311271700623
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 11
Colour display 6.5 inch, OLED
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
Front camera 8 MP
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa core
Dirt and waterproof
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 256 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 4500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging

All Sony Xperia 1 III specifications

Videos about the Sony Xperia 1 III

The downside of marketing images is that they look so slick. A phone always looks a little different in real life. And that's why Sony takes the Xperia 1 III in Frosted Purple outside with them

Aeric Reinheart is going on a trip and taking with him... Sony's Xperia 1 III. Today, we go to the Alps and shoot some nice pictures. A piece of cake for the Xperia 1M3

Sony Alpha camera makers explain why the Xperia 1 III's camera is so good

In this video, Dom unboxes Sony's Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. See what's in the box, what's not, and we also get an instant look at Sony's latest mobile phones

Sony Xperia 1 III alternatives

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Sony Xperia 1 III
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (G998)
Samsung Galaxy S21+ (G996)
OnePlus 9 Pro
Samsung Galaxy S22+ (S906)

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Colour display6.5 inch, OLED6.8 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.7 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.78 inch, Fluid AMOLED, hole-punch display6.6 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP10 MP, 10 MP, 108 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP2 MP, 48 MP, 50 MP, 8 MP10 MP, 12 MP, 50 MP
Front camera8 MP40 MP10 MP16 MP10 MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa core2.2 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa core2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa core1.7 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 2.8 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2200, octa core
Dirt and waterproof
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
Internal memory256 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery4500 mAh5000 mAh4800 mAh4500 mAh4500 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging

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