Sony Xperia 1 iii Review

There are two worlds- one is of Android phones and the other is of iPhones. Both of them rule nicely in their own world. If we talk about the Android one, then the variety is more than the iPhone’s world.

We have tons of options when it comes to android phones. Some brands have been in this industry for years and some are newbies. Some phones struggled to create a secure place for themselves and some managed to earn the trust of their users, making their place a permanent one in the market. This all depends on how satisfied the company is keeping its customers.

If the customers are happy, the company will have a permanent place in the market.

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Sony Xperia 1 III is the latest model Sony came up with, this phone is something different than the usual style of Sony. With this model, it seems like Sony is getting back on the competition fully prepared.

Honestly, there is always a competition going on between the Android phones, of course, this is bound to happen if there are so many options available in the same field at the same time.

Phone companies need to do something unique and catchy, only then they will be able to grab customers towards them. They did, companies always create something different all the time to catch up with the trends in the technology.

We can always see a new advertisement for a new phone with new features all the time and they grab our attention almost immediately, that’s why creating something new is always the key to keeping the company’s name inside people’s heads all the time.

What’s the deal with Sony’s latest model?

Sony has been experimenting with Android phones for a long time now. As mentioned above, to keep the customers interested in them, they create phones with unique and up-to-date features.

Not only Sony, but all the companies also have to keep up with the constant shifts of trends in the Android world.

Some of the old companies, like LG, are now getting a little weaker trying to follow the latest technology, while companies like Samsung are coming forward with new models that are matching the updates and some Chinese companies are actually leading the competition.

Like said earlier, Sony is not for everyone, they are focused more on themselves but with good features. As the competition is getting tougher by the day, Sony too came up with a new model with significant changes. It seems like now they are focusing more on Android styles and less on Sony Style.

The Sony Xperia 1 III is the company’s latest flagship phone and is built better than its predecessor. This is Sony’s third take on a phone targeted at creative types.

This could be the best handset you will ever have if video performance and audio quality are the key factors for you when choosing a mobile.

All about Sony Xperia 1 Ill

The previous model, Sony Xperia 1 II, was amazing. It had an elegant design and long-lasting battery came with a 4K display and an upgraded chipset and GPU. The periscope lens provided a camera quality that even the other companies became a fan of! That’s how excellent this last-gen model was. 

Now, if I tell you that Sony Xperia 1 Ill handsets have somehow proved to be better than Sony Xperia 1 II, would you believe it? Obviously, it is difficult to believe this considering how incredible the previous model was. But it is the truth, and now it is safe to say that Sony has outdone themselves.

But not everything is picture-perfect. With too many advantages come drawbacks that need to be discussed if you truly are looking to buy this new model.

What is the design of the Sony Xperia 1 Ill?

The design of Sony Xperia 1 iii is not different from Sony’s usual designs.

So, if you are a Sony user or have seen previous handsets from the company, then you have an idea of how Sony Xperia iii looks.

sony xperia 1 iii design
Source: Engadget

Like all Sony phones, this model too is long with narrow designs to give users the effect of big screens. This model comes with a 6.5-inch 21:9 aspect ratio display, this ratio clearly shows that this model is longer than other phones of reputed brands, like Samsung and MI.

The main difference between this phone and 2020’s Sony Xperia 1 II is that it’s slightly thicker.

If you are one of those people who don’t like holding large or big phones then Sony Xperia 1 III is not going to be comfortable for you.

This phone lacks a screen sensor because the fingerprint scanner is built into the power button.

It also has a dedicated camera shutter button at the bottom of this edge, which is easy to use when you are holding your phone in landscape mode.

One thing that makes this model stand out the most is its 3.5mm headphone jack located at the top of the edge, a feature that is not available on many famous brands.

If you are a music lover and are obsessed with high-quality speakers, then this new model is for you, because Sony always has front-facing stereo speakers on their phone and for this model they are 30% louder!

What about its Display?

Those who have proper knowledge of what to look for while buying phones know the importance of Display.

Sony has proudly announced that Song Xperia 1 III is the world’s first smartphone with a 4K 120Hz display which is true but the fact that Sony is the only company offering 4K displays on smartphones right now needs to be mentioned too.

But having no competition in the Display factor doesn’t mean the experience is not fantastic.

The smartphones with medium-sized screens or phones with 6.5-inch screens don’t really show its users any significant difference between a 4K resolution and QHD resolution, this way 4K resolution often gets wasted on smartphones with small screens but this is not the case with Sony. 4K resolution is noticeable here because you can easily watch 4K videos and movies in the model.

The feature which makes them the most attractive one is that this time Sony has introduced a 120Hz refresh rate which is a rare feature because Sony smartphones haven’t offered anything above 60Hz. 120Hz means the images will look smoother when you are playing games or watching movies, or even if you are just simply scrolling because your screen refreshes at 120 times per second!

If you want a big screen watching experience on phones then try this one out, the 21:9 ratio will allow you to see more than any other handsets will.

Let’s talk about the Camera Quality 

Can’t leave this factor out if you are looking to buy a new phone. Sony smartphones have never disappointed their users with their camera quality but neither did they impress them too much. It is just neutral, not too bad or good, just in the middle.

Sony Xperia 1 iii is not on the FHS top in the camera department. When on auto mode, their camera won’t be at its absolute best, but that doesn’t mean the picture quality is extremely poor, they are average.

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If we talk about the camera in tech terms then we can say that the camera array is a 12MP f/1.7 aperture 24mm wide-angle shooter, which acts as the main camera. 

You can get more people or background scenes into the frame with the help of 12MP f/2.2 16mm ultra-wide attached to the main camera.

The addition of an adaptive telephoto camera to the Sony Xperia 1 iii is commendable because you will get a greater reach with its 12MP sensor and two lenses – an f/2.3 70mm telephoto lens, and an f/.2.8 105mm lens.

Sony says that the two adaptive separate cameras will give you a smooth camera experience and will offer you great image quality and versatility that no other handsets can.

One thing to remember is that the zoom feature is not that good, its zoom won’t offer the same qualities as other products would. So, if zooming is going to be an important part for you then this model might disappoint you a little bit. Sony offers a good experience alongside the main camera.

The Storage System

Sony offers two handsets for this category. You can either pick up a handset with 256 GB or a handset with 512 GB of storage.

But in this case, the RAM is not the same as it was for the previous-gen model, in Sony Xperia 1 iii you will get 12 GB of RAM in both the handsets and if even after this you need more storage then you can expand it through the micro SD slot rather easily.

The Flexibility

Android phones are known for hanging whenever the phone takes too much load.

But not with Sony Xperia 1 iii smartphones!

These smartphones offer high-quality performance to their users. You can easily run many apps at the same time in this model like you can download any game that you’ll find on the Google Play Store, and find that apps loaded as quickly as you’d expect for a famous phone brand.

The best part is that, while doing all these you won’t experience any hanging or stuttering, the phone will work smoothly, which is not likely for Android devices.

The Internet facility

Sony always plays safe, obviously too much risk is never going to do any good.

But this time, a little something new was accepted by Sony. The internet connection for Xperia 1 iii is focused more towards 5G and this is the first time Sony has offered the next-gen internet technology on its smartphones. People who have used this model, and got the 5G connectivity, where it is available, have said that the 5G connectivity works well with perfect strength and more than enough signal.

The battery Life

Compared to sony’s previous model, this one has a larger battery, and it matters because users and experts have noted that the phone lasts at least an hour longer than the last-gen model.

sony xperia 1 iii battery life
Source: Android Authority

It’s a 4,500mAh cell, compared to a 4,000mAh one in the Xperia 1 II which actually makes a noticeable difference.

Sony- the most popular company

Sony is ‘that’ company that managed to make its way through this huge crowd of phones and reach the front, towards success. Once the companies, any company or brand, taste the enjoyment of success and popularity, they can go in two ways, either they will continue to work hard to maintain the fame they got or the fame will get inside their head and will make them too confident, resulting in them relaxing more than required.

Sony is the first one here, even after getting widespread popularity, they still chase after their customers like they did when everything was new. That’s why Sony is one of the most trusted phone companies among the other thousands of phone companies in the Android world.

This company has launched a variety of phones with all types of features you can think of, one way or another, people always seemed to like whatever new model Sony released.

A true Sony user would know that Sony models are not for everyone. They are unique and many times are not like other Android phones. Sometimes people like it and sometimes they don’t, because Sony phones are not the most simplest or comfortable models out there. Sony phones are tricky phones, either you get ‘too into’ it and eventually become a Sony fan, or you just move on to some other company, lacking the patience to get to know the true essence of what Sony models are.

FAQ – Sony Xperia 1 iii Review

What is the price of the Sony Xperia 1 mark 3?

The Sony Xperia 1 III is estimated to price for Rs. 64,999 in India. Sony Xperia 1 III Is Scheduled to Launch on September 19, 2021.

Does the Sony Xperia 1 iii have 5G?

The Xperia 1 III is a top phone in every way. It is powered by a Snapdragon 888 processor and is equipped with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There is 5G connectivity here, and unlike last year’s model, it will be available to anyone in the United States – as long as they are on Verizon or T-Mobile.

Does Sony Xperia 1 iii have a headphone jack?

Sony’s Xperia 1 III smartphone features a 4K display, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and a headphone port. Additionally, you’ll receive a 4K OLED display, a microSD card slot, and the common headphone jack. Regrettably, the Xperia 1 III is an extremely pricey smartphone. Additionally, it is difficult to obtain in some parts of the world.

Does Sony Xperia 1 iii have wireless charging?

The phone’s battery capacity is 4500 mAh, and it supports 30W fast charging as well as Qi wireless charging with reverse wireless charging. The phone features front-facing twin stereo speakers with 360 Reality Audio compatibility that Sony claims are 40% louder than the predecessor.

Conclusion

As mentioned in the review, Sony Xperia 1 iii is not for everyone. If you are a regular Sony user then you should try this one and if you want to try something different and are ready to learn about Sony phones then it is recommended to try this new model out. It is expensive and if you are ready to adjust your budget then you should definitely experiment with this Sony phone.

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Aishwarya Verma

Aishwarya Verma is a technology writer. She loves researching the latest improvements in Cybersecurity, Headphones & Laptops.

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