April 14th, Sony released two flagship smartphones globally – the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III. Here are the complete Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III's specifications, features, availability, and pricing.


The brand new Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III mirror the old design language of the Japanese corporation's previous flagship. Thus, they still utilize a 21:9  aspect ratio display, an aluminum frame, and a glass back panel. The right side of the frame offers a capacitive fingerprint reader that acts as a power key. Both devices also retain our good old friend the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Though Sony Xperia's line of devices always had a high rate of recognition due to their unique design, one of the other selling points of these handsets is the display panel. 

The Sony Xperia 1 III features the world’s first 6.5-inch OLED display with a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio, 4K resolution and supports for HDR 10+, 120Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, the Xperia 5 III comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display with a 21:9 CinemaWide aspect ratio,  an FHD+ resolution and supports for HDR 10+, 120Hz refresh rate. Interestingly, both phones support the X1 remastering technology acquired from Sony’s Bravia TV series. Plus, they support  DolbyAtmos as well as Bravia HDR. One of the apparent differences between the Xperia 1 III  and Xperia 5 III is the display protection. The Xperia 1 III utilizes Gorilla Glass Victus for the front and frosted Gorilla Glass 6 for the rear. And its sibling uses Gorilla Glass 6 sheets both front and rear. Of course, like any other Xperia device, they have a high-grade official IP rating of IP65/68.


Like any other flagship in 2021, Under the hood, both devices feature the Snapdragon 888 5G SoC from Qualcomm. The Xperia 1 III has an option of 12GB of memory and 256GB or 512GB of flash storage, while the Xperia 5 III has a variant of 8GB+128GB or 256GB. Both phones also have a battery with a capacity of 4500 mAh with support for a 30W fast charging, which can charge 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. The Xperia 1 III also has support for wireless and reverse charging but  Xperia 5 III doesn’t.


In the camera department, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III utilize a periscope zoom system. They come up with an innovative zoomable telephoto lens, which can be shifted between two focal lengths of 70mm and 105mm. The camera lineup of the new lineup can produce 16mm, 24mm, 70mm, and 105mm focal lengths, incorporating most photo and video scenes. Its autofocus technology is originated from the Sony Alpha professional cameras. But, if telling only these features of the cameras, we will lower their charm.

The Sony Xperia 1 III was together developed by sony's Alpha 9 series mirrorless camera engineers. Plus, there were precious evaluations of professional photographers who have contributed to the betterment of the photography experience and the effect of the film. It largely includes the fast autofocus that includes the camera’s quad-focus image system. It also combines real-time tracking technology to precise capture moving subjects.

As for the rear telephoto camera, Sony has utilized a 12MP 1/2.9″ unnamed Sony sensor with a variable aperture of f/2.3 or f/2.8 depending on the focal length you use and it supports optical image stabilization. For the main rear camera, the phone uses a 12MP 1/1.7″ sensor coupled with an f/1.7 aperture & EIS + OIS support, while the ultrawide shooter sports a 12MP 1/2.6″ CMOS sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and fast autofocus, which is not that obvious on ultrawide cameras even among the flagships. On the front, there is no difference in comparison to the last year’s flagship. Hence, it has an 8MP front-facing camera. The only distinction in the camera department between Xperia 1 III & Xperia 5 III is the 3D ToF camera, which is restricted to the Xperia 1 III. That means this camera supports a real-time Eye autofocus tracking system. But the Xperia 5 III nevertheless supports the real-time Eye autofocus.


The lens arrangement of the Xperia 1 III has been particularly calibrated by Zeiss Optics. The Zeiss T* coating suppresses light reflection to give more well-defined picture details and contrast.

Thanks to the inclusion of the dual-core PDAF focus sensor, in continuous autofocus mode, the Xperia 1 III can continuously focus the moving target without any blurry effect. Also for long-distance shooting, Sony’s telephoto camera can still achieve fast autofocus.

Pricing & Availability

The Sony Xperia 1 III comes in three colors option including  Frosted Black. Frosted Gray and Frosted Purple. And the Xperia 5 III is available in Black, Green, and Pink. Both will go on sale in Summer 2021. And pricing is not yet announced.

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