Sony Xperia 1 III
Sony has started taking pre-orders for its new flagship phone, the Xperia 1 III. It will ship unlocked in the US on August 19th. The $1,300 phone will come with the Sony WF-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling earbuds (a $230.00 value) when ordered by Sept. 26th. It will come in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple. Frosted Purple will be exclusive to Sony's web site. The Xperia 1 III has a 4K HDR 120Hz OLED display. Its triple rear cameras include a variable telephoto for optical zoom. Other key features include a Snapdragon 888 chip, 12 GB RAM, IP68 water resistance, headset jack, and wireless charging
Sony today announced its 2021 phone lineup for consumers: the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. The two phones are both high-end models with similar specs and features, with the 5 III being the smaller of the two. Both phones have OLED displays with 120 Hz refresh and three 12-megapixel rear cameras. While the standard and wide-angle cameras are similar to last year's models, the new periscope-style telephoto camera has its own optical zoom feature, offering both 2.9x and 4.4x zoom. The main and telephoto cameras include OIS (optical image stabilization). The phones are powered by Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 888 chip and offer excellent support for the (sub-6) 5G and 4G networks of T-Mobile and Verizon. Other specs include 4,500 mAh battery with 30W USB-PD fast charging, Android 11, NFC, memory card slot, headset jack, and IP68 water resistance. The stereo speakers are the first in a phone to support 360 Reality Audio. The Xperia 5 III has a 6.1-inch display with FHD+ resolution, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB storage. The larger Xperia 1 III has a 6.5-inch display with 4K resolution, 12 GB RAM, and 256 GB storage. The 1 III also adds a ToF camera, wireless charging, Gorilla Glass Victus on the front, and speakers that are 40% louder than last year's model. The Xperia 1 III design consists of frosted glass and "blasted" metal, available in black or purple. The 5 III has a mirror finish and will be available in black or green. Both phones will be ship in the US "this summer". Pricing is to be announced.