Sony Xperia 1 III Review, The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series

Sony Xperia 1 III Review, The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series

Sony Has Introduced The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series, Despite A Significant Drop In Sales Of Its Smartphones. This Smartphone Is Called Xperia 1 III. 

Sony Xperia 1 III, Since the Xperia Z5 Premium launch in 2015, Sony’s high-end handsets have had 4K resolution displays. The Xperia 1 III combines high resolution and a high refresh rate in a smartphone to become the first smartphone with a 4K 120Hz display.

This is the first time a telephoto camera with a variable focal length has been added to a smartphone. 5x magnification periscope lenses are now available on many smartphones, but you usually have to use the digital zoom or a second telephoto camera for variable magnification.

Xperia 1 III offers an alternative; The smartphone’s periscope camera can move between the 2.9x and 4.4x magnification levels (70mm and 105mm, respectively).

The rest of the Xperia 1 III’s specs are similar to other smartphones on the market.

This is an expensive Android phone in 2021, so it is no surprise that it will use a Snapdragon 888 chip and 12 GB of RAM. The front and back of this smartphone are covered with Gorilla Gas protective glass.

Dust and water protection, a 4,500 mAh battery with a relatively fast charge, and a 21: 9 aspect ratio are other Sony Xperia 1 III features.



Sony design principles have always been evolving, not fundamental changes. Therefore, the Xperia 1 III is a smartphone similar to previous Sony mobile phones. We may see some bold changes from Sony every once in a while, but the Sony Xperia series has not undergone significant changes for several years now and may not have needed to.

As you can see, the Xperia 1 III has a familiar rectangle. Sony tends to have a minimalist design. Straight lines and smooth surfaces make the Xperia 1 III more suitable for professionals than for fashion enthusiasts.

Of course, the Xperia 1 III is not completely unchanged. The back of this smartphone is matte and anti-fingerprint. This type of design does not absorb stains and fingerprints as much as old Sony smartphones, although it still does absorb some stains. The front panel of this mobile phone is made of Gorilla Glass Tickets, and the back panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6.

The aluminum bezel surrounds the phone’s sides and is matte, just like the device’s back panel.

Another new development that we are witnessing in the Sony Xperia series this year is the inclusion of the Google Assistant hardware key. Of course, Sony’s mid-range phones have had this button for several years, but this is the first time that Sony’s flagship series has been equipped with this button.

The power button is located right in the middle of the right side of the smartphone and has a capacitive fingerprint sensor. We have generally had a good experience unlocking the Xperia 1 III with the left index finger or right thumb, both in terms of speed and success rate.

One feature you won’t find in many other handsets is the two-stage shutter button that the Xperia 1 III incorporates. The function of the shutter button of this smartphone is very similar to the shutter of a camera.

Of course, we prefer to use the touch screen to shoot with the smartphone camera, but for situations such as shooting when using gloves, the shutter of this smartphone shows great performance.

On the left side of the Xperia 1 III is the SIM card slot, which can hold two nano-SIM cards, a nano-SIM card, and a microSD memory card.

The good thing about the SIM card and memory card slot of Sony smartphones is that it can be opened without using any device and only by hand. Sony has made the SIM card and memory card slot of its smartphones so that pro-photography users can easily replace the memory card to store more photos on multiple memory cards.

This port has a washer to prevent water from entering the phone. Sony Xperia 1 III is IP 65 and IP 68 certified, which indicates that this device is resistant to dust and water.

There’s a 6.5-inch OLED display on the front of the device. The official specifications of this smartphone show that the size of the margins around the screen of this smartphone is only 0.1 mm. Sony smartphones have been known to have many bezels around the screen in recent years, and we are pleased that Sony has reduced the margins of its next-generation flagship phone.

At the top of the screen are a selfie camera, ambient light and proximity sensors, a notification LED, and a speaker.

This speaker also acts as a second speaker. At the bottom of the screen is the main speaker of this smartphone.

The Xperia 1 III is very similar to the Xperia 1 II. This smartphone is undoubtedly a tall phone, and reaching the top of the screen is not something you can do with one hand. Also, your pocket should be relatively deep so that you can fit this smartphone in it.

The Xperia 1 III is more than 40 grams lighter than the Galaxy S21 Ultra or Mi11 Ultra, so depending on its weight of 186 or 187 grams (depending on the presence or absence of a 5G modem), this smartphone is a lightweight device.



Sony Xperia smartphone displays have always had unique technologies. In many ways, Sony is moving in the opposite direction from other mobile phone companies. The Xperia 1 III uses a 4K display specific to Sony. This screen uses a refresh rate of 120 Hz.

This is a commendable success for Sony, but with a few important points. 4K resolution is not always active. This phone automatically changes the screen resolution, and 4K resolution only enables a select few applications. There is no easy way to tell if a device has a resolution of 1080p or 4K.

When the mobile phone decides to enable 4K resolution, the maximum refresh rate drops to 60Hz. The 120Hz refresh rate is not supported at the highest resolution. Sony has officially confirmed this.

 The screen resolution of this smartphone is exactly 3840 by 1644 pixels.

This resolution is just like the resolution of Sony’s previous flagship smartphones. The pixel density of this screen is 6.5 inches, 643 pixels per inch.

The Xperia 1 III has a maximum brightness of 560 nits in adaptive brightness mode and a maximum brightness of 356 nits when the screen brightness is adjusted manually. This level of brightness is not competitive with the best on the market, but it is acceptable.

The Xperia 1 III display supports HDR capability, and you can easily watch videos from popular services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

Battery life


The Xperia 1 III has a 4,500mAh battery, which is up from last year’s 4,000mAh battery. The battery capacity of this smartphone is similar to the battery capacity of the OnePlus 9 Pro but slightly less than what the Galaxy S21 Ultra and May 11 Ultra have. Of course, these two smartphones have much larger screens.

In our tests, the Xperia 1 III achieved significant results in terms of battery life. The average battery life of this smartphone is 82 hours. In the Wi-Fi web browsing test, the smartphone lasted 9 hours, which is a significant amount considering its 120Hz refresh rate.

The smartphone played about 13 hours of video (at a 60 Hz refresh rate), which is fairly good, though still less than all the competitors.

The Xperia 1 III had a battery life of 22:42 hours, which is shorter than all its competitors. However, the battery life of this smartphone was relatively good in standby mode.

Processing power

Xperia 1 III is equipped with the Snapdragon 888 chip that we were expecting, considering the price. Qualcomm’s current flagship chip has a very high CPU and graphics processing power and has a built-in 5G modem. In addition, this chip has all the advantages of using a 5-nanometer architecture.

That being said, the results of the various benchmarks we implemented on the Xperia 1 III were mediocre and even lower than the competitors, except for the remarkable Geek Bench result in the singles section.

The processing power of this smartphone is acceptable when the temperature is cool. However, as the chip temperature of this smartphone rises, its processing power decreases rapidly. It can be said that the processing power of this smartphone is reduced by 20% or even 25%. In the stress test, the Xperia 1 III performed very poorly.

The phone also heats up to an uncomfortable level. Of course, this is good because heating the phone’s body means heat loss, but apparently, the heat loss system of this smartphone is not efficient enough. Overall, the performance of the Xperia 1 III is moderately weak.


Sony Xperia 1 III Review, The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series


The Xperia 1 III has a triple camera on the back. Still, unlike other existing triple cameras, this camera module gives the user four normal or magnified focal lengths if the user wishes. This is due to the new telephoto lens of this smartphone, which uses Sony’s new periscope lens with a focal length of 70 to 105 mm.

The smartphone’s telephoto lens offers 2.9x and 4.4x magnification, and its aperture changes from f / 2.3 at 70mm to f / 2.8 at 105mm. Optical stabilization is also used in this lens. The periscope camera used in this smartphone is a sensor called Sony XM 663. The sensor is a 1.2-megapixel 1.2-megapixel camera with dual-phase autofocus support.

The Xperia 1 III main camera uses the Sony IMX557 sensor.

This sensor has a size of 1.7 inches. It is smaller than competing cameras such as the Galaxy S21 Ultra (1.33 این 1) or the May 11 Ultra (1.1 ۲ 12 inches), but Sony has a much faster sensor than other companies’ quad-bear and nano pixel sensors. The Xperia 1 III is capable of capturing 12-megapixel images at 20 frames per second.

The resolution of this camera is 12 megapixels, and each pixel has a size of 1.8 micrometers. This camera has a fixed 24mm lens with an aperture of f / 1.7.

Sony Xperia 1 III Review, The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series


The other camera of this smartphone, which uses an extensive-angle, uses another sensor of Sony called IMX 363, which has a size of 1.2 x 55 inches with a pixel size of 1.4 micrometers. This lens has a focal length of 16 mm and an aperture of f / 2.2 and uses the autofocus feature. In addition to these cameras, a pair of transmitters and depth-field receivers help focus these cameras.

The 8-megapixel selfie camera is another familiar feature of Sony smartphones, and it is the only camera that uses a sensor made by Samsung called the S5K4H7. This lens has a focal length of 24 mm and an aperture of f / 2.0 but unfortunately lacks autofocus.

The Xperia 1 III features Sony’s new camera app. 

The new version of the app combines the previous regular camera app features with an advanced shooting app.

Normal shooting mode is the same as the old program, and this is probably where the user will spend most of their time. Of course, its design has changed.

The available options for white balance and exposure compensation, bokeh mode, drive mode, flash, and aspect ratio have been moved to a new location. By selecting the zoom option, you can perform all the different functions at once.

All you have to do is use your thumb without having to use your other hand.

The quality of the images taken

Sony Xperia 1 III Review, The Flagship Of The New Generation Xperia Series


The daily photos taken of the Xperia 1 III main camera are outstanding overall. The details of this camera are the same as other 12-megapixel cameras, but most importantly, the captured images look very natural and attractive. There is no noise in the captured images.

The white color is well recorded, and the captured images have good color accuracy. Dynamic range is also great overall, though we’d prefer slightly shaded images.

A high-performance ultraviolet camera delivers clear, accurate images.

Distortions can be seen in the corners of the images, but this is not unique to the Xperia lens. Dynamic range is fairly good, although depending on the scene and the state of the phone, you may encounter some relatively inconvenient ones. The colors are very accurate, and in this respect, there is no difference between the main camera and ultraviolet.

Images taken with the Xperia Telephoto camera are suitable at 2.9x magnification (or 70mm focal length), although the camera sometimes does not focus well on the subject. The noise of the images taken with this lens is much higher than the previous two lenses.

The colors of this camera, just like the other two cameras, have good accuracy. Dynamic range is also excellent.

In low light, the Xperia 1 III’s main camera captures sharp, precise images with relatively little noise. The color accuracy of the images taken at night is also excellent. Dynamic range is generally good, especially in bright areas, and details can be seen well in darker areas.


The Sony Xperia 1 III is not marketed to compete. Certainly not, as Sony does many things in its own way and moves in the opposite direction of the market. Forget massive camera sensors with weird color filters, night modes, or adaptive refresh rates. Sony pays less attention to these things. However, while all competitors have removed the memory card slot and headphone jack in their mobile phones, Sony has included these two features in the Xperia 1 III.

Glamorous colors and glossy surfaces have become the design language of many mobile phone companies. The Xperia 1 III, on the other hand, has a minimalist design.

If you are a person who enjoys simple design, straight lines, smooth and matte surfaces, and sharp corners, and you are worried about why other companies do not design and manufacture such smartphones, buying Xperia 1 III is your best choice.

Also, if having a physical two-step shutter button is your preferred way to take a photo, the Xperia 1 III is your only choice.

Many professional users are accustomed to shooting with the camera shutter, and having such a feature is a great advantage for them.

But comparing this smartphone with competitors is inevitable. The Xperia 1 III looks promising in camera hardware but lags behind some competitors in true photo quality.

The smartphone’s new technology, a telescope lens, takes poor photos in some cases, while the other two lenses are good. Of course, the good quality of this smartphone’s main camera and ultraviolet does not mean the best.

The 4K1Hz display looks great on paper, but if you like these two features simultaneously, you know this smartphone can’t do it. 4K resolution is just one feature for marketing, while its maximum brightness is acceptable but weaker than competitors. Add average battery life to this.

The Xperia 1 III looks good, but it doesn’t look great in terms of design principles.

Finally, the Xperia 1 III is not a bad phone. But this is a mobile phone for special people. Of course, we can not recommend it to someone who is not loyal to Sony. It may be better for even die-hard Sony fans to look for alternatives and better options in their search for their smartphone. Of course, this does not mean that the Xperia 1 III is a poor-quality phone, but there are far more options to buy for the price.


  • Minimalist design with beautiful appearance, advanced build quality, and IP 65 and IP 68 certification
  • Lots of options in the camera app for professional users
  • Dedicated shutter button
  • Stereo speakers, microSD slot, headphone jack, and LED notification

weak points:

  • You can not put the screen in 4K mode with a refresh rate of 120 Hz
  • The screen brightness could have been higher
  • Battery life is below average, even with the use of the Snapdragon 888 chip
  • Charging speed is not very high
  • Tendency to overheat during heavy processing
  • Decreased processing power with increasing temperature
  • The quality of the images taken with the periscope telephoto camera is not very satisfactory.