Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III
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128 GB

Pro and cons Sony Xperia 1 III

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

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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.

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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.

Sony Xperia 1 III in the news

Xperia 1m3 Camera

Sony announces Xperia 1 III and 5 III with variable telephoto lens

Phone news ·

Sony has given its Xperia range an update today ranging from the most premium Xperia 1 III to the affordable Xperia 10 III. Special about the Xperia 1 III and 5 III is the variable telephoto lens; by switching between 2 different focal lengths, it is possible to focus over a larger range.

Perhaps the variable telephoto lens of the Xperia 1 III and 5 III reminds you of the Dual Aperture feature of the Galaxy S9. In the latter, the aperture can change between f/1.5 and f/2.4 but Sony's technique is different. It is not the aperture that changes, but the position of the lens. The zoom camera can therefore switch between 2 different zoom levels.

Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III
The new Xperia 1 III and 5 III are clearly inspired by the Alpha 9

Another difference from last season's Xperia 1 II is the presence of a 120Hz OLED screen with 4K resolution. This higher refresh rate makes animations look smoother and the device seem much more responive. Furthermore, Sony has upgraded the processor to a Snapdragon 888 with 12GB of RAM memory and a 4500 mAh battery. The latter can be charged wirelessly just like its predecessor, but can now also charge other devices wirelessly.

Sony Xperia 5 III

Sony also launched the Xperia 5 III. Thanks to its 6.1 inch screen, this one is a bit more compact and with FHD+ resolution a bit less sharp. Yet it has the same zoom camera with variable telephoto lens and even a 120Hz OLED screen. Sony even keeps the material choice the same; frosted glass with a metal frame. Only the version of the Gorilla Glass is different; 6 versus the newer Victus (7) on the 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 Mark 3 and Xperia 5 Mark 3
The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Sony borrows a lot of camera features from Sony's Alpha cameras. The three cameras have fast autofocus (up to 60x per second) and can shoot short bursts of 20 fps. Both cameras recognise the eye of humans and animals and focus on them. The Xperia 5 III has the advantage of Object Tracking, where a moving object is sharply followed after a single tap on the screen.

Sony Xperia 10 III

The more affordable Xperia 10 also received an upgrade in the form of the Xperia 10 III. This one gets 5G support for the first time thanks to the new Snapdragon 690 processor. Nice! Another improvement is the significantly larger battery capacity. It is now 4500 mAh.

Sony Xperia 10 III in blue
The Xperia 10 III in blue

The 21:9 OLED screen, the waterproof IP65/68 housing and the headphone input have all remained the same. However, the cameras have been renewed so that it can now recognise animals.

New Xperia's in the store

Sony hopes to have the Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III in stores at the beginning of the summer of 2021 in the colours black/purple, black/green and black/white/blue. Prices have not been announced yet and are expected later.

Xperia 1 Mark3 Onleaks

Sony Xperia 1 III spotted for the first time

First Xperia with periscope camera

Rumours ·

Now that Huawei has been decimated, it seems like it's all about Apple and Samsung nowadays. But Sony also knows how to surprise us every now and then. Today, for example, thanks to this leak of its next flagship; the Xperia 1 Mark 3.

We sincerely hope that Sony doesn't give up on mobile phones in the soon future. After all, it does make some very attractive phones. Phones that are packed with Sony technology when it comes to multimedia. Whether this Xperia 1 III also has all of that remains to be seen, as that is not what today's report is about. We will use this article mainly to talk about its appearance.

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First look at the Xperia 1 Mark 3

According to leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, it's going to be a 6.5-inch device with a display ratio of 21:9. That unusually elongated screen has become a characteristic of Sony phones and according to the Japanese it should be ideal for watching (cinematic) movies. The flat back has, just like the Xperia 1 II, a pill-shaped camera island in the top left corner. This time consisting of 4 cameras. It is possible that the extra camera is a ToF sensor for depth recognition, because it looks a bit small in comparison with the rest.

First Sony with periscope lens

The most striking thing about the camera is the periscope camera. It should be possible to zoom in significantly further than cameras with a fixed lens, for example between 5 and 10x. It is the first time that Sony fits such a periscope lens in a phone. Huawei, Samsung and Oppo previously released phones with a periscope lens.

Sony Xperia 1 Mark 3

In order to remain distinctive, Sony has equipped the Xperia 1 III with a 3.5mm audio jack for your headphones and a memory card slot. Whether Sony also includes a charger remains to be seen; we do not have any concrete rumours about this. What we do know is about the future processor. That is probably the Snapdragon 888; Qualcomm's most extensive model to date. So expect a high-end flagship with correspondingly high price.

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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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Colour display6.5 inch, OLED6.5 inch, OLED6.7 inch, Ultra Vision Screen, hole-punch display6.7 inch, Ultra Vision Screen, hole-punch display6.8 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP13 MP, 48 MP, 48 MP13 MP, 3 MP, 50 MP, 50 MP10 MP, 10 MP, 108 MP, 12 MP
Front camera8 MP12 MP32 MP32 MP40 MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, octa core2.84 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa core1.8 GHz, 2.4 GHz, 2.84 GHz, Qualcomm 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)256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)512 GB (Storage)256 GB (Storage)1 TB (Storage), 128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage), 512 GB (Storage)
Battery4500 mAh5000 mAh4260 mAh4500 mAh5000 mAh
Fast charging
Wireless charging

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