The three current product lines of Sony’s mobile phone division were all updated at today’s press conference and entered the third generation together. The appearance design of the newly announced Xperia 1 III, 5 III and 10 III is almost the same as the previous generation. The difference is mainly the color matching, and the weight has basically increased. The head of the three is naturally the flagship positioning Xperia 1 III, and Sony still focuses its improvements on the screen and camera.
First of all, Xperia 1 III is the “world’s first” mobile phone equipped with a 4K 120Hz HDR screen. The size of the OLED panel is 6.5 inches, the ratio is 21:9, and it is covered with Gorilla Glass Victus. It has a touch sampling rate of 240Hz and supports motion compensation. Sony emphasizes that it has carried out strict display calibration before the product leaves the factory, so that the color performance of the device can be more “uniform and stable.” In order to ensure the audio-visual experience, the phone also has built-in Dolby Atmos dual speakers that sound forward, which has increased the volume by about 40% compared to the previous generation. At the same time, the device also retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, and the volume is increased by about 40% when wired headphones are connected, and it can reduce distortion during high-volume playback. As for wired/wireless Hi-Res, LDAC, DSEE Ultimate, 360 Reality Audio, they are not surprisingly available.
In the shooting part, Xperia 1 III has an 8MP selfie camera on the front and a triple camera plus ToF module on the back. The three photosensitive elements are all 12MP, and they all support Dual-PD focusing, and the lenses are all equipped with Zeiss T* coating. Among them, the CMOS size of the main camera at the 24mm end is 1/1.7 inches, equipped with an f/1.7 lens, and optical image stabilization. The 16MP ultra-wide-angle end uses a 1/2.6 inch photoreceptor, and the lens aperture is f/2.2. Compared to the Xperia 1 II, the changes between these two cameras are actually not that big. The really interesting place is the remaining telephoto camera.
At the telephoto end, the Xperia 1 III uses a 1/2.9-inch CMOS and also has optical image stabilization. The great thing is that it can use the lens set inside the periscope structure to shoot the two focal lengths of 70mm or 105mm (corresponding to f/ 2.3 and f/2.8 aperture). Sony calls it “the world’s first variable telephoto lens capable of instantaneous autofocus,” which can give users greater freedom of shooting. In addition, real-time human eye and animal eye AF, 60 continuous AF/AE calculations per second, and AF/AE continuous shooting up to 20fps are also the same as the previous generation. Photo Pro and Cinema Pro applications are also inherited. The latter still provides various recording tools and 8 preset styles. The improvement lies in the ability to shoot 4K 120fps HDR slow motion video.
It is worth mentioning that you can use the Xperia 1 III as a camera monitor via a USB-C to HDMI cable, which may give professional users one more reason to start. As for other specifications, the Snapdragon 888 processor is clearly expected, as well as 12GB RAM and 256GB/512GB built-in capacity. The battery of the mobile phone is 4,500mAh. When using a USB-PD charger of more than 30W, it can charge about half of the power in half an hour (a 30W charger is included with the box, supporting USB-PD, PPS). At the same time, the device also supports wireless forward and reverse charging, and the body has IP65/68 dust and water resistance. Depending on the region, it will support Sub-6 or millimeter wave 5G.
As for Xperia 5 III, compared to Xperia 1 III, it mainly weakens the screen. It uses a 21:9 6.1-inch HDR OLED panel. The refresh rate and touch sampling rate are still 120Hz and 240Hz, but the resolution is only FHD+. Except for one less ToF module, its camera configuration remains the same as the flagship, and its performance in real-time tracking will be slightly inferior. Xperia 5 III will also be equipped with Snapdragon 888 and 4,500mAh battery, support USB-PD fast charge, but lack the wireless charging function.
In addition, its RAM has been reduced to 8GB, and the built-in capacity is divided into 128GB and 256GB. The device also has dual forward speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack, but the improvement is not as obvious as the Xperia 1 III, but Sony audio technology including 360 Reality Audio has been inherited.
Finally, the Xperia 10 III, which has the lowest positioning, is still taking the route of a lightweight and beautiful mid-range machine. In the case of supporting Sub-6 5G and inserting a 4,500mAh battery, its length and width are slightly reduced compared to the previous generation using 3,600mAh, and the thickness has only increased by 0.1mm to 8.3mm. It is equipped with a 6-inch 21:9 FHD+ HDR OLED screen with a refresh rate of only 60Hz, and the outer glass has been replaced with Gorilla Glass 6.
The device provides a 3.5mm headphone jack, which has several Sony audio certifications except 360 Reality Audio. In addition, the body is also IP68 dustproof and waterproof, the battery supports USB-PD charging, the processor is equipped with Snapdragon 690, and the RAM size is 6GB. Xperia 10 III has an 8MP selfie camera, a 27mm wide-angle main camera with 12MP at the rear, and a 16mm ultra-wide-angle and 54mm telephoto camera with both 8MP.
In terms of listing information, Sony has only confirmed that three new opportunities will be launched this summer, and the specific prices are yet to be announced. At present, Japan and the United States have confirmed that they will release Xperia 1 III, and Xperia 10 III and 5 III will be on the shelves respectively. If it is based on previous experience, we may not have all three.