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Sony launches the flagship Xperia 1 III & Xperia 5 III smartphones

After months of stasis, Sony is finally back to the limelight with the launch of the flagship Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III smartphones that will compete with some of the finest flagship phones in the market including those from the Samsung’s Galaxy S21 and OPPO’s Find X3 series lineup.

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Sony Xperia 1 III | Image: Sony

Just like their predecessors, both the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III will come with largely identical specs, except for some differences in their display, camera setup, as well as memory configurations.

For starter, the Sony Xperia 1 III sports a 6.5” OLED display which offers an ultra-sharp 4K screen resolution and a smooth 120Hz screen refresh rate. The Xperia 5 III on the other hand, settles for a slightly smaller 6.1” OLED display with FHD+ screen resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Both devices however, feature the company’s signature 21:9 tall aspect ratio.

Sony Xperia 1 III Camera Specs
Sony Xperia 1 III | Image: Sony

In the camera department, the Sony Xperia 1 III flaunts a versatile quad-camera system lead by a 12 megapixels (f/1.7 aperture) primary shooter with OIS stabilization and a 12 megapixels (f/2.2 aperture) ultra-wide unit.

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Sony Xperia 1 III | Image: Sony

Moving on, there’s also a 12 megapixels variable telephoto lens which can actually switch between 70mm and 105mm focal length which translates to 2.9x to 4.4x optical zoom. Finally, we also have a 0.3 megapixels 3D ToF sensor for depth sensing. As usual, these cameras will feature ZEISS optics with T* coating.

As for the Xperia 5 III, it retains the same 12MP primary shooter, ultra-wide camera and telephoto lens but lacks the 3D ToF sensor. Both devices are also able to support up to 4K recording @ 120fps. Upfront, they also have an 8 megapixels shooter for selfie and video-calling purposes as well.

Under the hood, both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are powered by the latest Snapdragon 888 chipset. For the Xperia 1 III, it will be available in 12GB RAM alongside an option between 256GB or 512GB onboard storage. The Xperia 5 III on the other hand, has 8GB RAM as well as an option between 128GB or 256GB storage.

The duo draw power from a respectable 4,500mAh power plant which carries support for 30W fast-charging support. On the audio side, both devices are also equipped with a front-facing stereo speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other than that, they also come with IP65/ 68 rating for dust and water resistance.

At the moment, there’s still any words on the pricing and availability of the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III devices. However, Sony did confirmed that they will be available at the start of this summer.

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