Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III announced with 120Hz screens, variable telephoto lenses

Sony just held its Xperia event, showcasing three new phones, two of which are flagships in their own right – Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. As before, the latter aims to appeal to users looking for something more compact without sacrificing anything in terms of user experience. Both phones have unique variable telephoto lenses that can switch between 70mm and 105mm, which equates to around 2.9x and 4.4x optical zoom.

The shooter itself uses a 12MP 1 / 2.9 “Sony sensor with an f / 2.3 or f / 2.8 aperture depending on the focal length you are using and optical image stabilization. digital zoom can now reach the equivalent of 300mm, up from 200mm on the Xperia 1 II and 5 II and Sony calls it the AI ​​super resolution zoom.

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III announced with revolutionary cameras

The main camera uses the good old 12MP 1 / 1.7 “sensor paired with an f / 1.7 OIS lens while the ultra-wide snapper has a 12MP 1 / 2.6” imager, f / 2.2 aperture and autofocus. , which is not so common on ultra-wide units even among the flagships.

For optimum performance on these precious cameras, Sony put ZEISS lenses with T-coating. Additional software features include Real-time Eye AF in addition to the already existing Eye AF that works on animals and humans, Optical SteadyShot and 4K recording at 120 fps for those crisp slow-mo shots.

The front camera apparently remains unchanged from last year – using the same 8MP sensor. The only difference in the camera department is the 3D ToF camera, which is exclusive to the Xperia 1 III. This means that it is also the only one to support Real-time Eye autofocus. monitoring, although the Xperia 5 III still has Real-time Eye AF.

Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III announced with revolutionary cameras

With the cameras mostly identical, it’s the screens that set the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III apart. The larger Xperia 1 III uses a 6.5-inch 4K OLED panel with a 21: 9 cinematic aspect ratio and is capable of running at 120Hz and displaying HDR content.

The Xperia 5 III also switches to a 120Hz refresh rate, but on a smaller 6.1-inch Full HD resolution OLED panel with the same 21: 9 aspect ratio and again with HDR support.

Both phones are powered by the flagship Snapdragon 888 chipset, with the Xperia 1 III having 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage. The Xperia 5 III gets the slightly more conservative 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB versions. Both phones have dual-SIM hybrid slots so you can easily expand storage via a microSD card if you have one. need.

Even the battery is the same – a 4,500mAh unit with support for fast charging up to 30W (50% in 30 minutes) promising a 3-year lifespan. The Xperia 1 III also adds wireless charging, but the Xperia 5 III does without that.

It wouldn’t be a suitable flagship version if the multimedia and gaming features were left out so Sony doesn’t disappoint here either. Both devices feature powerful stereo speakers and 240Hz motion blur reduction in supported games. The low gamma elevator improves visibility in the shadows, while the sound equalizer helps you hear gunshots and footsteps better. Sony has also gone the extra mile to improve microphone input during voice chat – removing background noise and making speech clearer.

Game recording is also available up to 1080p at 120 fps and there is a cool feature Sony calls rewind time recording. It’s similar to Nvidia’s Highlights recording, where it constantly records the last 30 seconds while playing the game. So if you want to record your game highlight, just hit Record and the software rewinds the last 30 seconds. and saves them.

Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III
Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

The last key difference between the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III is the screen protection. The former uses Gorilla Glass Victus for the front and frosted Gorilla Glass 6 for the back, while the smaller model makes do with two Gorilla Glass 6 sheets. Both phones are rated IP65 / 68 for dust protection and the water.

The colors available for the Xperia 1 III are Frosted Black. Frosted Gray and Frosted Purple while the colors of the Xperia 5 III are just black, green and pink. Sony says both phones will be available early this summer with pricing to be confirmed later.