Sony Xperia 5 III

Sony Xperia 5 III
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128 GB

Pro and cons Sony Xperia 5 III

  • Rather compact 6.1" screen
  • Advanced camera system
  • Strong in multimedia
  • Relatively large battery
  • Still expensive, no wireless charging

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Sony Xperia 5 III product description

The Sony Xperia 5 III is the slightly smaller brother of the Xperia 1 III but with the same camera. A compact flagship with an impressive Zeiss camera system. What more you get with the Xperia 5 Mark 3 is something we will explain here.

Variable zoom

The name suggests that we are dealing with a mid-range model, but nothing is further from the truth. Sony uses the Xperia 5 series as a compact and slightly more affordable alternative to the Xperia 1 model. Don't get us wrong, this Xperia 5 III is still an expensive phone, but you won't pay the absolute top price for it. And yet you get Sony's best mobile camera system. It is the same as in the Xperia 1 Mark 3 that is based on the Alpha 9 series. It excels mainly in autofocus, which keeps even moving subjects in sharp focus. New this year is the optical telephoto lens with 2 different focal lengths. You can switch between 70 and 105mm. That translates roughly into 2.9 and 4.4x zoom.

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Physical camera button

In addition to the variable telephoto lens, you'll also have access to a 12MP main camera with 24mm f/1.7 lens, ideal for portraits, and a 12MP camera with 16mm f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens for landscape shots. Sony applies its own camera sensors that are praised for their speed. The Xperia 5 III shoots 20 photos per second, so there is always a useable one. And this even works in low light and with autofocus. Handy about Sony phones is that they are equipped with a shutter button. Taking photos by pressing a physical button works more accurately than a button on the screen. Moreover, it is more comfortable.

Main Sony Xperia 5 III specifications

  • 6.1-inch CinemaWide HDR OLED screen with smooth 120Hz display
  • 3x12MP camera with wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and variable telephoto lens
  • 12MP selfie camera above the screen
  • Waterproof and dustproof Gorilla Glass 6 casing
  • Powerful Snapdragon 888 processor with 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of built-in storage (expandable up to 1TB)
  • 4500 mAh battery with 30W fast charge (50% in 30 minutes)
  • Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • 5G support for extra-fast mobile internet

Audio with cord

We already wrote that the Xperia 5 III is a compact flagship, but one with a large 6.1 inch screen. In the year 2021, when this Sony was announced, that can now be called compact. It is an elongated 21:9 CinemaWide display with high HDR colour reproduction. The refresh rate comes from 120Hz which makes animation look smooth and fluid. The screen lends itself extra well to watching movies on. Partly because there are no nicks and cuts in it and because there are speakers on both sides. Thanks to Dolby Atmos support, stereo sound sounds extra spatial. You can also listen to music by plugging in your own headphones. This is possible thanks to the 3.5mm audio jack. Most phones lack this feature nowadays.

Still quite pricy

Inside the Xperia 5 III, Sony has used the most powerful Qualcomm processor available: the Snapdragon 888. The same as in the more expensive Xperia 1 III. It has 8 GB of RAM memory to work with which results in a smooth operation and powerful performance. The battery measures a neat 4500 mAh and can be half-charged in half an hour. Wireless charging is unfortunately not an option. The housing is waterproof, made of Gorilla Glass 6 and available in 2 colours. There is so much more to tell about the 5M3 but unfortunately our time is up. All in all a very interesting device, still quite pricy but worth it.

Sony Xperia 5 III specification summary

Dimensions 157 x 68 x 8,2 mm
Weight 169 gr
EAN code 7311271701552, 7311271701545, 7311271701484, 7311271701477
Fingerprint recognition
Operating system
Android 11
Colour display 6.1 inch, CinemaWide
Camera 12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP
Dirt and waterproof
Front camera 8 MP
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa core
Dual SIM
Data network
4G (LTE)
Build-in memory
Internal memory 128 GB (Storage)
Power supply
Battery 4500 mAh
Fast charging

All Sony Xperia 5 III specifications

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Sony Xperia 5 III alternatives

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Sony Xperia 5 III
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Samsung Galaxy S21 (G991)
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OnePlus 7

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 Current product    
Fingerprint recognition
Colour display6.1 inch, CinemaWide6.1 inch, CinemaWide6.2 inch, Infinity-O Display, hole-punch display6.58 inch, OLED, hole-punch display6.41 inch, Optic AMOLED, notch
Camera12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 12 MP12 MP, 12 MP, 64 MP12 MP, 40 MP, 50 MP48 MP, 5 MP, dual camera sensor
Dirt and waterproof
Front camera8 MP8 MP10 MP32 MP16 MP
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888, octa coreQualcomm Snapdragon 865, octa core2.4 GHz, 2.8 GHz, 2.9 GHz, Samsung Exynos 2100, octa core1.95 GHz, 2.36 GHz, 2.86 GHz, octa core2.84 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, octa core
Dual SIM
4G (LTE)
Internal memory128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)256 GB (Storage)128 GB (Storage), 256 GB (Storage)
Battery4500 mAh4000 mAh4000 mAh4200 mAh3700 mAh
Fast charging

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