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Sony presents the new Xperia 1 III and entry-level models

Sony unveiled the company's flagship, the Xperia 1 III, on Wednesday. It has some pretty notable hardware, including the first 120Hz 4K display in an Android smartphone. The slimmer Xperia 5 III and the entry-level smartphone Xperia 10 III were also presented.

Impressive specs

The specifications of the Sony Xperia 1 III could keep up with the best smartphones in the industry. The display measures 6.5 inches and maintains the special 21: 9 aspect ratio. Looking at the appearance, it hardly differs from the previous model, the Xperia 1 II. However, the screen has been significantly improved and now has a resolution of 4K with a frame rate of 120 Hz. Sony also continues to stick to the front-facing stereo speakers.

The new flagship is powered by the 5G-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of memory, which can be expanded with a micro SD card. The battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh and can be charged both wired and wirelessly using Qi technology. Biometric unlocking will continue to be made possible by a fingerprint scanner, and a headphone jack will still be available.

Improved camera

The camera equipment of the Sony Xperia 1 III is one of the main features of the new smartphone. The camera consists of four camera lenses on the back and a triple 12-megapixel sensor layout.

Since the lenses were developed in cooperation with the Sonys Alpha camera team, the lenses are more adapted to traditional focal lengths. You can choose from a 24 mm wide-angle lens, a 16 mm ultra-wide-angle lens and a sensor with variable dual PD optics. This allows the telephoto lens to physically switch between two focal lengths instead of switching digitally or using a periscope. The telephoto lens sensor can switch between 70 and 105 mm focal length without losing focus. Both the main and telephoto lenses have an optical time-of-flight image stabilizer. There is an 8 megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Price not known

Users of a Sony Alpha camera can also use the Sony Xperia 1 III as an external camera monitor and for remote control. The smartphone is said to come with Android 11 and a number of Sony Pro camera apps.

The Sony Xperia 1 III will be available in two colors: purple and black. The flagship is expected in the summer of 2021; more precise details on regional availability or price have not yet been announced.

Slimmer models Xperia 5 III and 10 III

In addition to the Xperia 1 III, Sony has also officially presented the Xperia 5 III and the Xperia 10 III, so this year's smartphone line-up from the Japanese company is complete.

The Sony Xperia 5 III can be understood as a lite version of the Xperia 1 III. The display size of the 5 III shrinks to 6.1 inches and the resolution from 4K to FHD +. However, the frame rate is still 120 Hz. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip remains the same, but with a slimmer working memory of 8 gigabytes of RAM, 128/256 gigabytes of storage space and a 4,500 mAh battery - but without Qi wireless charging.

The camera set-up is also the same as that of the Xperia 1 III, only the time-of-flight sensor has to be dispensed with.

The cheapest Sony smartphone of the year is the Xperia 10 III. Compared to the 5 III, further savings are made in terms of technical specifications. The 6-inch FHD + OLED display is capped at 60 Hz, but the touch sampling rate is 120 Hz. It is equipped with the 5G-capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chip, 6 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of storage, the can also be expanded.

There is also an entry-level set-up for the camera. It consists of a 12-megapixel 27 mm wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel and 16 mm ultra-wide-angle lens and a 54 mm 2-fold tele-lens. (hsu, April 14, 2021)