The XPERIA 1 III and XPERIA 5 III from Sony have just been released for smartphone users who are serious about enjoying and creating content. Continuing to leverage its professional camera know-how in the mobile space, Sony has equipped both phones with a triple rear camera system, true ZEISS optics with ZEISS T* coating, and a wide range of features for photographers and cinephiles alike. These new XPERIA phones utilize a large 21:9 CinemaWide OLED 120 Hz display, measuring 6.5" on the XPERIA 1 III and 6.1" on the smaller XPERIA 5 III. This display, along with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile platform and 5G connectivity, offers solid support for those who require advanced connectivity, fast mobile gaming, and smooth streaming content.
Focusing on photography and video creation, the triple rear cameras of both phones consist of 12MP wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses. The telephoto lens is special in that it offers you two different focal lengths (70mm and 105mm), something rarely seen in a mobile phone. The XPERIA 1 III benefits from the addition of a 3D iToF sensor, which can immediately measure distance between the phone and subject. So, while both phones can track subjects, the XPERIA 1 III can do so in real time. Coupled with continuous autofocus and AI processing, shots of fast-moving subjects result in clear images and video.
When it comes to video creation, each phone is capable of recording in Ultra HD 4K resolution at 60 fps, along with slow-motion support at 120 fps. Unlike many phones, the XPERIA 1 III and XPERIA 5 III supply a lot of creator control over the resulting footage. You get eight different color settings, the ability to separate audio to filter out wind, multiple setting adjustments such as ISO, WB, and focus, and much more.
Mobile gaming continues to advance, and Sony fully supports casual and pro-level players with its smooth 120 Hz display and 240 Hz motion blur reduction technology. To further immerse players, Dolby Atmos audio is supported, and you can enjoy game soundtracks and effects through each phone’s full-range front-firing stereo speakers, or use your favorite headset with the integrated 3.5mm headphone jack. A slew of additional features is offered to further enhance your matches with screen tweaks for spotting players more quickly, fast touch support, and more.
In addition to support for 4G LTE and 5G Sub-6 networks, each XPERIA phone can connect to Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) networks with Sony’s Smart Connectivity. Smart Connectivity scans networks before joining to ensure solid connections for a seamless online experience. With so many features, both phones need to stand up to daily use, which is why Sony equipped them both with IP65/68-rated water and dust resistance and Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
There is so much in common between both the XPERIA 1 III and XPERIA 5 III, but there are significant differences to be aware of in addition to the lack of 3D iToF on the XPERIA 5 III. Speaking of Gorilla Glass, the XPERIA 1 III sports Victus glass on the front and Gorilla Glass 6 on the rear, while the XPERIA 5 III only has Gorilla Glass 6 protecting the screen. The XPERIA 1 III packs the most punch with its display capable of 4K resolution, a large 256GB storage capacity, 12GB of RAM, and Qi wireless charging and reverse wireless charging capabilities. The XPERIA 5 III provides 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, and lacks any wireless charging ability.
If you are a content creator or just a photo and mobile enthusiast, the XPERIA 1 III and XPERIA 5 III stand alone via the shear breadth of features that Sony packs inside each phone’s glass and blasted metal frame.
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