Sony just announced two new flagship smartphones, the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III. This time, they appeared together in the Xperia's Launch Event. Like the former launch, Sony aims to cater to consumers who want something more compact without losing user experience. The 1 is a big guy while the 5 is a smaller guy that features the same quality with some different unique features as Sony did.
Both phones feature variable telephoto cameras that can move between 70mm and 105mm, equating to 2.9x and 4.4x optical zoom, respectively. The camera itself has a Sony 12MP 1/2.9" sensor with an aperture of f/2.3 or f/2.8 depending on the focal length and optical image stabilization. Sony calls it AI super-resolution zoom because digital zoom can now reach the equivalent of 300mm, up from 200mm on the Xperia 1 II and 5 II.
The displays distinguish the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, as the cameras are nearly identical. The 6.5-inch 4K OLED screen on the Xperia 1 III has a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio and can run at 120Hz when displaying HDR content. The Xperia 5 III adopts a 120Hz refresh rate as well, but on a smaller 6.1-inch OLED screen with Full HD resolution, the same 21:9 aspect ratio, and HDR support.
The Snapdragon 888 chipset powers both phones, with the Xperia 1 III having 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. The 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB models of the Xperia 5 III are slightly more conservative. Both phones have hybrid dual SIM slots, allowing you to expand storage with a microSD card if required. Even the battery is the same - a 4,500mAh device with up to 30W rapid charging (50 percent in 30 minutes) and a 3-year life expectancy. Wireless charging is also available on the Xperia 1 III, but not on the Xperia 5 III.
Sony doesn't disappoint in this department either. It wouldn't be a proper flagship release if multimedia and gaming features were not included. In supported games, both devices have strong stereo loudspeakers and 240Hz motion blur reduction. The low gamma raiser helps with shadow visibility, while the sound equalizer helps you hear gunshots and footsteps better. Sony has also gone to great lengths to enhance the microphone feedback during voice chat, which eliminates background noise and improves speech clarity.
Up to 1080p@120fps game recording is also available, as well as a cool feature Sony calls Rewind time recording. It's similar to Nvidia's highlight recording, in which the last 30 seconds of gameplay are continuously recorded. So, if you want to save a game highlight, simply press record, and the app will rewind and save the last 30 seconds.
The screen protection is the last significant difference between the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III. The larger model has two Gorilla Glass 6 sheets and the former has Gorilla Glass Victus for the front and frosted Gorilla Glass 6 for the rear. Both phones have an IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Xperia 1 III comes in Frosted Black, Frosted Gray, and Frosted Purple colors, while the Xperia 5 III simply comes in Black, Green, and Pink. Both phones will be available at the start of this summer, according to Sony, with pricing to be announced later.