Sony's ultra-premium XPERIA phones enter a new generation in 2021 with the release of the 1 III and 5 III models. These phones are designed to offer a superior experience for creators, with refined photography and video capabilities and a world's-first 120 Hz OLED screen.

Photographers will appreciate that the new phones sport an exciting new camera module, a 70-105mm 2-position zoom lens that lends these phones a total of four working focal lengths. This combines with the dual PD sensor for high-fidelity telephoto imaging. Sony continues to use Zeiss T optics to maximize the performance of the cameras on these phones.

Carried over from the previous XPERIA 1 II are photo capabilities like 20 fps shooting with AF. Now, Sony adds "real-time tracking" to the feature set, allowing for robust focus capability in difficult shooting situations.

One of the most intriguing new features comes from the video capture side. Sony claims the ability to shoot in dim lighting, which is difficult for smartphones, even ones equipped with night mode skills for stills.

Here's a feature highlight list from Sony:

  • World´s first smartphone with a Variable telephoto lens paired with a Dual PD sensor
  • Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals, newly equipped Real-time Tracking[iii] and fast, accurate continuous AF across all lenses
  • 20fps Burst Mode with low light noise reduction powered by BIONZ X™
  • Brand new AI (artificial intelligence) super resolution zoom technology
  • Updated Photography Pro feature – now equipped with ‘Basic Mode’
  • World’s first smartphone with a 4K HDR 120Hz Refresh rate display[iv] crafted from Gorilla® Glass Victus™[v]
  • Evolved Full-stage stereo speakers, 40 percent louder than previous model[vi]
  • New and improved Game Enhancer features – including a new audio equaliser, an optimised V.C microphone and high frame rate recording feature
  • World’s first smartphone to reproduce 360 Reality Audio in the speakers, as the recording artist intended it to be heard[vii]
  • Addition of brand new 360 Spatial sound – for up-mixing stereo music into an immersive audio experience
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform
  • Improved battery life (4500mAh) and the ability to charge up to 50% of capacity in 30 minutes with the kitted 30W charger - in addition to a newly extended battery life of up to three years[viii]
Availability is slated for this summer in the US. Pricing has not been announced, but will be at a later date.

Sony XPERIA product announcement video:



XPERIA 1 III Specs

Weight
2.4 oz

Video Recording

Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta," 4K HDR Movie recording 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120 fps slow-motion, OIS and EIS Video, Optical SteadyShot™ with FlawlessEye™, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Intelligent wind filter

Video recording format

.mp4 (H.264, H.265)

Dimensions
6.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in

Sensor Type
Fingerprint sensor

Number of SIM
Dual SIM hybrid

SIM type
nanoSIM

Rear camera (3)

Aperture

F2.2
Field of view
124°
Focal length
16 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/2.5" Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor

Rear camera (2)

Aperture

F2.3 (70 mm), F2.8 (105 mm)
Field of view
34° (70 mm), 23° (105 mm)
Focal length
70 mm, 105 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/2.9” Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor


Front Camera (1)

Aperture

F2.0
Features
HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Portrait selfie, Display flash, Hand gesture
Field of view
78°
Resolution
8MP
Size
1/4"

Rear Camera (1)

Aperture

F1.7
Field of view
82°
Focal length
24 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/1.7" Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor


CPU

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform

Operating System Version
Android™ 11

Networks

2G Band

850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G Band
2100 (Band 1), 1900 (Band 2), 1700 (Band 4), 850 (Band 5), 800 (Band 6), 900 (Band 8), 800 (Band 19)
4G Band
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Band
n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78

Memory & Storage

External memory

microSDXC support (up to 1 TB)

Internal memory
128GB UFS
RAM
8 GB


Entertainment Features
Dynamic Vibration System

Durability
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6

Water Resistant
Water resistant (IPX5/IPX8), Dust proof (IP6X)

Display Resolution
FHD+ HDR OLED (2520 x 1080)

Display Size
6.1" 21:9 CinemaWide™ display

Display Features
120Hz Refresh rate, 240Hz Motion blur reduction, 240Hz Touch scanning rate, Creator mode "powered by CineAlta"—Inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction, DCI-P3 100%, ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020), Illuminant D65 White point, 10 bit tonal gradation, X1™ for mobile

Image playback format
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WebP, WBMP, HEIF, DNG, CR2, NEF, NRW, ARW, RW2, ORF, RAF, PEF, SRW

Video playback format
H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 Video, AV1, VP8, VP9

Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth® 5.2 wireless technology

Location
A-GPS, A-Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Other features
Smart connectivity, Google Cast, NFC, Output video/image via Display Port support TypeC Cable or USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable (Display port 4K/60 fps)

USB type
Type-C®

USB version
USB 3.1 Gen1

WiFi
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n(2.4GHz)/n(5GHz)/ac

Camera Features

Photography Pro, ZEISS® quality lenses calibrated specifically for Xperia 5 III, ZEISS® T* Coating, Up to 20 fps AF/AE, Up to 60 times per second continuous AF/AE calculation, Real-Time Eye AF (Human, Animal), Object tracking, Dual photo diode, RGB-IR, OIS photo, Photo flash, Photo light, Hybrid zoom 12.5x (based on Wide camera 24 mm), AI Super Resolution Zoom, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo

Image capture format
JPEG (.jpg), RAW (.dng)

Camera
Triple lens camera

Battery Capacity
4500 mAh

Charging type
USB Power Delivery (USB PD) fast charging

Other features
Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode

Audio

Hi-Res

Hi-Resolution Audio, High-Resolution Audio Wireless (LDAC)

Other features
3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Reality Audio, 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding, 360 Spatial Sound, Full-Stage stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos®, DSEE Ultimate, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio

Playback Format
AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM, Opus, ALAC, DSD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, 360 Reality Audio Music Format

Recording Format
AAC-LC , AAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Accessibility

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC), Teletypewriter (TTY) /SCREEN READERS: Select to Speak, TalkBack, Text-to-speech output /DISPLAY: Font size, Display size, Dark theme, Magnification, Color correction, Color inversion, Large mouse pointer, Remove animations /INTERACTION CONTROLS: Accessibility Menu, Switch Access, Click after mouse pointer stops moving, Power button ends call, Auto-rotate screen, Touch & hold delay, Time to take action (Accessibility timeout), Vibration & haptic strength, System navigation /AUDIO & ON-SCREEN TEXT: Mono audio, Audio balance, Caption preferences /EXPERIMENTAL: High contrast text, Shortcut from lock screen




XPERIA 5 III Specs

Game Features
PS4 Remote Play, DUALSHOCK®4 Control compatibility, Game Enhancer

Weight
2.4 oz

Video Recording Features
Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta," 4K HDR Movie recording 24, 25, 30, 60 and 120 fps slow-motion, OIS and EIS Video, Optical SteadyShot™ with FlawlessEye™, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Intelligent wind filter

Video recording format
.mp4 (H.264, H.265)

Dimensions
6.2 x 2.7 x 0.3 in


Sensors

Sensor Type

Fingerprint sensor

Number of SIM
Dual SIM hybrid

SIM type
nanoSIM

Rear camera (3)

Aperture

F2.2
Field of view
124°
Focal length
16 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/2.5" Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor

Rear camera (2)

Aperture

F2.3 (70 mm), F2.8 (105 mm)
Field of view
34° (70 mm), 23° (105 mm)
Focal length
70 mm, 105 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/2.9” Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor

Rear Camera (1)

Aperture

F1.7
Field of view
82°
Focal length
24 mm
Resolution
12 MP
Size
1/1.7" Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor


Front Camera (1)

Aperture

F2.0
Features
HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo, SteadyShot™ with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Portrait selfie, Display flash, Hand gesture
Field of view
78°
Resolution
8MP
Size
1/4"


CPU
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform

Operating System Version
Android™ 11

Networks
2G Band

850, 900, 1800, 1900
3G Band
2100 (Band 1), 1900 (Band 2), 1700 (Band 4), 850 (Band 5), 800 (Band 6), 900 (Band 8), 800 (Band 19)
4G Band
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 48, 66, 71
5G Band
n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n28, n38, n40, n41, n66, n71, n77, n78

Memory & Storage

External memory

microSDXC support (up to 1 TB)

Internal memory
128GB UFS

RAM
8 GB

Entertainment

Features

Dynamic Vibration System

Durability
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 6

Water Resistant
Water resistant (IPX5/IPX8), Dust proof (IP6X)


Display Resolution
FHD+ HDR OLED (2520 x 1080)

Display Size
6.1" 21:9 CinemaWide™ display

Features
120Hz Refresh rate, 240Hz Motion blur reduction, 240Hz Touch scanning rate, Creator mode "powered by CineAlta"—Inspired by Master Monitor color reproduction, DCI-P3 100%, ITU-R BT.2020 (REC.2020), Illuminant D65 White point, 10 bit tonal gradation, X1™ for mobile

Image playback format
JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, WebP, WBMP, HEIF, DNG, CR2, NEF, NRW, ARW, RW2, ORF, RAF, PEF, SRW

Video playback format
H.263, H.264, H.265, MPEG-4 Video, AV1, VP8, VP9

Connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth® 5.2 wireless technology

Location
A-GPS, A-Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS

Other features
Smart connectivity, Google Cast, NFC, Output video/image via Display Port support TypeC Cable or USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable (Display port 4K/60 fps)

USB type
Type-C®

USB version
USB 3.1 Gen1

WiFi
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n(2.4GHz)/n(5GHz)/ac

Camera Features

Photography Pro, ZEISS® quality lenses calibrated specifically for Xperia 5 III, ZEISS® T* Coating, Up to 20 fps AF/AE, Up to 60 times per second continuous AF/AE calculation, Real-Time Eye AF (Human, Animal), Object tracking, Dual photo diode, RGB-IR, OIS photo, Photo flash, Photo light, Hybrid zoom 12.5x (based on Wide camera 24 mm), AI Super Resolution Zoom, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo

Image capture format
JPEG (.jpg), RAW (.dng)

Camera
Triple lens camera

Battery
Capacity

4500 mAh

Charging type
USB Power Delivery (USB PD) fast charging

Other features
Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode

Audio

Hi-Res

Hi-Resolution Audio, High-Resolution Audio Wireless (LDAC)

Other features
3.5 mm audio jack, 360 Reality Audio, 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding, 360 Spatial Sound, Full-Stage stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos®, DSEE Ultimate, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio

Playback Format
AAC-LC, AAC+, eAAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, FLAC, MP3, MIDI, Vorbis, PCM, Opus, ALAC, DSD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby AC-4, 360 Reality Audio Music Format

Recording Format
AAC-LC , AAC+, AAC-ELD, AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Accessibility

Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC), Teletypewriter (TTY) /SCREEN READERS: Select to Speak, TalkBack, Text-to-speech output /DISPLAY: Font size, Display size, Dark theme, Magnification, Color correction, Color inversion, Large mouse pointer, Remove animations /INTERACTION CONTROLS: Accessibility Menu, Switch Access, Click after mouse pointer stops moving, Power button ends call, Auto-rotate screen, Touch & hold delay, Time to take action (Accessibility timeout), Vibration & haptic strength, System navigation /AUDIO & ON-SCREEN TEXT: Mono audio, Audio balance, Caption preferences /EXPERIMENTAL: High contrast text, Shortcut from lock screen