Sony has unveiled the new Xperia smartphones for this year. There are three novelties and they follow last year’s types, so they have the Roman number three in the designation. They continue to confirm that Sony is going its own way in the field of smartphones and is not looking at current trends.
While this means the brand is far from mainstream and its sales are no longer significant in the global mobile market, on the other hand, individuality can help Sony survive: Xperia phones are clearly identifiable and stand out, which of course can attract many customers.
The three new products are called Sony Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III. The first two models are high-end smartphones with high-end hardware, the Xperia 10 III, like the previous generation model, belongs to the middle class. In all cases, Sony will offer 5G support for these models, for the middle class type is the premiere.
The common feature is also a triple camera, which is, of course, much more advanced in the best models 1 and 5 and provides significant technical innovation. In addition, Sony phones have recently had an elongated design and a screen so typical of “noodles” without doubles, clippings, bullets or other disturbing elements. There is only a good flat screen.
As has been the case for the last two generations, the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III have a lot in common and only differ in size. The aforementioned camera is proof that these are the same “inflated” smartphones in both cases. Again, as in the previous generation, Sony uses a triple array, but has a total of four useful focal lengths. The telephoto lens of the novelty provides for the first time the possibility of switching between a couple of focal lengths.
This is due to variable telephoto technology. It has a focal length of 70 and 105 millimeters, which is approximately 2.9 or 4.4 times the approximation compared to the basic 24mm of the main sensor. In addition, these Xpers also have a wide-angle sensor with a focal length of 16 mm, so the total range of the camera set is 16 to 105 mm. In addition, Sony also offers enhanced digital zoom, which allows you to zoom in to the equivalent focal length of 300mm via AI with only minimal image quality loss.
The high-end zoom camera has a sensor with a resolution of 12 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.3 of / 2.8, depending on the selected focal length. While the competition may boast of better values on paper (e.g., several optical zooms), it is possible that Sony, along with Zeiss Optics, which again lent its certification to the camera, would fall into something. We are curious about the practical results, Sony promises fast approaches and quick reactions in general, especially for the whole camera, which can make the camera compete.
As for other details, Sony stays with the 12 megapixel chips and other cameras in the set, the main lens and telephoto lens have optical image stabilization. The wide-angle sensor has autofocus, which is not, of course, even with the best models. Sony also has an enhanced professional photography mode that provides the familiar features of Sony Alpha cameras.
There should also be an easier-to-use basic mode, which facilitates automatic shooting in professional mode; it will probably eliminate the need to use two photo apps, even if it looks like the original is left for autopilot. At the same time, it opens up the possibility of the existence of a night mode, although Sony does not mention it in any way.
Equipment as expected
The other equipment of the new Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III has the expected look. It builds on last year’s predecessors, bringing some improvements. The screens are of the OLED type, the Xperia 5 III has a 6.1-inch panel with FullHD + resolution (and an aspect ratio of 21: 9), the largest 1 III has a 6.5-inch panel with 4K resolution. In both cases there is a refresh rate of 120 Hz, Sony presumes that in the case of 4K, it assigns a mobile potential with this refresh rate.
Both models run on a Snapdragon 888 processor, the Xperia 1 III gets 12GB of RAM and the Xperia 5 III gets 8GB of RAM. The performance difference between the two models may not be significant, the lower resolution display of the Type 5 III naturally requires lower performance. This also applies to the battery, which in both cases has a somewhat surprisingly identical capacity of 4,500 mAh. Charging is possible with a power of up to 30 W, type 1 III also has wireless charging (5 III does not have it). Sony will also offer users a lot of memory: the Xperia 1 III can have 256 or 512 GB of storage, the Xperia 5 III 128 or 256 GB. There is also a memory card slot and the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack is also nice. The phones maintain water and dust resistance according to IP68.
Other highlights are stereo speakers or special gaming features, such as reduced motion blur reduction by 240 Hz or the ability to save the last 30 seconds of action to the screen at any time.
Follow in his footsteps
Even the most affordable Xperia 10 III takes on various functions of its main sisters. The phone has a six-inch FullHD + AMOLED display, but this time with a normal refresh rate. However, there is also no lack of resistance to water and dust or headphone connectors. The camera is triple, the main sensor has 12 megapixels, the wide angle sensor has 8 megapixels and the dual zoom telephoto lens has the same value. The front camera also has eight megapixels.
The phone runs on a Snapdragon 690 5G, with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of user memory expandable via microSD cards. The battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh, the charge works with a maximum power of 18 W. Of course, all models have a USB-C connector.
Sony has not announced the prices of the new products, but it can be assumed that they will roughly correspond to the prices of last year’s models at the time of launch. The launch itself should take place in early summer, with Sony announcing availability and pricing later.