Tech - Compare & Reviews Updated: April 14, 2021

Phone Review: Sony Xperia 1 III

By Lawrence Agbo
April 14, 2021

  • Camera 8.5

  • Storage 8.5

  • Connectivity 8

  • Design 8

  • Battery 8

  • Display 8

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Sony has just unveiled the company’s 2021 flagship, the Xperia 1 III, at the just concluded Xperia event on Wednesday and it has the first 120Hz 4K display on an Android smartphone. A competitive advantage with the very best in the business.


The new Sony Xperia 1 III is expected to engage with other sophisticated smartphones in the mobile business - Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. At 6,5 inches, this flagship Xperia retains the 21:9 aspect ratio, which means a "tall, thin aesthetic.” The new Xperia can easily be confused with last year’s Xperia 1 II.

The larger-than-average bezels on the Xperia 1 III can be excused slightly as Sony has stuck with front-facing stereo speakers, which should really help improve immersion when viewing all kinds of video and gaming-related content.

The Sony Xperia 1III is expected to come in beautiful bright colours and coming soon. “Exp. release 2021, Q2.”


The new Xperia is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of microSD card exchangeable storage.


The Sony Xperia 1 III comes with Android 11 pre-installed with a suite of Sony Pro camera apps loaded and ready for use.


The battery is rated at 4,500mAh, with 30W Wired and Qi wireless charging, Reverse wireless charging, USB Power Delivery – although no speed was mentioned.

It has a side-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner also returned here too for biometric unlock and device security.



One of the core features of the Sony Xperia 1 III is the Zeiss-powered quad-camera setup to the rear, Zeiss T* lens coating, LED flash, panorama, HDR, and eye-tracking. Sony is sticking with the triple 12-megapixel sensor layout but with some added tweaks over last year’s flagship. The lens setups are rated in more traditional camera focal lengths being co-developed with the Sony Alpha camera.

There is a 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm (telephoto), f/2.8, 105mm (telephoto), 1/2.9", Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4.4x optical zoom, OIS, 2 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.6", Dual Pixel PDAF and 0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth), camera features.

These features allow the telephoto lens to actually move or shift between two focal lengths physically rather than digitally or by using a periscope.

Sony Xperia 1 III telephoto sensors shifts between 70 and 105mm focal lengths without losing focus. Both the main and telephoto lenses support OIS, while a Time-of-Flight sensor joins the setup here too. At the front, the selfie camera is rated at 8 megapixels.


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Xperia 1 III has other notable features that include the ability to use the smartphone as an external camera monitor in a similar manner to the vastly overpriced Sony Xperia Pro. It was also launched alongside the more affordable Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III.

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