Sony has once again manufactured a beautiful and robust device that incorporates a ton of modish features and functionalities. It has a 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a sturdy chipset with impressive battery life. There is no denying that the new Sony Xperia 1 III will cost you an arm and a leg, but it certainly has the hardware and software capabilities that justify the price.
Sony Xperia 1 III Design
The physical appearance of the Sony Xperia 1 III is quite similar to most of the present-day Sony flagship smartphones. It boasts the same slender design with an expansive display of 6.5-inch. Besides, the device is a bit thicker than its precedent versions, making it easier to hold.
Sony Xperia 1 III has a dimension of 165 x 71 x 8.2mm and weighs around 186gm. We can undoubtedly comprehend from the size that people with smaller hands will struggle to hold the device. If you are one of these people, we suggest you put on a case, as you might drop the device easily.
The tactile power button and the volume rocker reside on the right panel. Further, the fingerprint scanner is built into the power button, so you cannot get an in-screen sensor. Similarly, you will find the USB-C port and the SIM tray on the device’s left edge, while the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top panel.
The front-facing stereo speaker is one of the benchmarks of the Sony Xperia 1 III. They are 30% louder than their prior variant and produce a soothing and resonant sound. If you are looking for a device with excellent speakers, then this might be a good contender.
The new Sony Xperia 1 III boasts a 4K display with a 120Hz refresh rate. However, this is not a massive bombshell as Sony is the sole company that offers 4K display on smartphones at present. Besides, it cannot differentiate between a QHD resolution and 4K resolution in smartphones as 4K resolution is often wasted due to restricted size.
On the other hand, the 120Hz refresh rate is certainly a game-changer. The 120Hz refresh rate means that the on-screen image refreshes 120 times per second. Therefore, the optimum refresh rate will give a smoother and better view of the on-screen images, especially while playing games or watching movies.
Likewise, you can select one of the two image quality modes on Sony Xperia 1 III: Standard mode or a Creator mode. The creator mode provides superior color reproduction and a variety of image processing elements. These enhancements make the content look as close as possible to how its creators want it to look.
Surprisingly, this time Sony has not done the best job in camera. The camera is not the best in auto mode. However, its picture quality still gives a tough competition to its competitors. It packs 12MP primary sensor with an aperture of f/1.7. Similarly, Sony Xperia 1 III also has a 12MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture that allows you to capture expansive landscapes.
Besides, it also has an adaptive telephoto camera that contains a 12MP sensor and two lenses. Out of these two lenses, the 70mm telephoto lens has an f/2.3 aperture, while the 105mm lens has an f/2.8 aperture. As a result, the switching between the telephoto lenses is extensively smooth. The 70mm lens can zoom up to 2.9x, while the 105mm lens offers 4.4x zoom. In addition, it also has a digital zoom of up to 12.5x.
Unlike the rear camera, the front camera is the same as the previous variant. The 8MP f/2.0 front camera resides on the top bezel. It produces good quality selfies that you can readily upload on your social media.
Sony Xperia 1 III Performance
The Sony Xperia 1 III is equipped with the superior Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and an adequate 12GB RAM. Talking about the storage, you can either pick the 256GB variant or the 512GB variant. Further, if you need more storage, then you can quickly expand it using a microSD slot.
Sony Xperia 1 III offers a sturdy performance and can run graphically demanding games without hassle or laggings. Similarly, all the Android 11 onboard software works perfectly fine. Besides, the company boasts that it will be upgrading the software to Android 13 in the future.
Another luring element of the Sony Xperia 1 III is the incorporation of 5G technology. This is the first time Sony has manufactured a device with next-generation Internet technology. The 5G connectivity works efficiently, and its signal strength stands streets ahead of other 5G compatible flagship devices.
Sony Xperia 1 III Battery Life
Sony Xperia 1 III packs a sturdy, big battery of 4500mAh. Besides, the better optimization of Snapdragon 888 allows the battery to last for 10hours easily.
Unlike most manufacturers that don’t offer chargers with smartphones, Sony Xperia 1 III comes out of the box with a 30W fast charger. It can charge your device from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes. Besides, there is also an option for wireless charging, although it is relatively slower than wire charging.
Another peculiar aspect of this device is that it includes a reverse wireless charging feature. The reverse charging allows you to charge other external devices like headphones and smartwatches from the phone’s battery.