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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you're looking for a more affordable option with good camera quality and long battery life, the Asus Zenfone 10 is a solid choice. It also has a high refresh rate screen, but the display is smaller and less sharp compared to the Sony Xperia 1 III. On the other hand, the Sony Xperia 1 III offers a higher quality build with a glass back, a larger and sharper screen, and superior screen quality overall. It also features more RAM, which can be beneficial for performance, but it comes with a significantly higher price tag and shorter battery life. Both phones run on Android, offer 5G connectivity, and have comparable overall camera quality, so your decision may hinge on your budget and preferences for screen size, build quality, and battery requirements. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Asus Zenfone 10
  • Very good battery life
  • Excellent performance
Advantages of the Sony Xperia 1 III
  • Best in class display quality

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

6.5
Zenfone 10
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Asus Zenfone 10 and Sony Xperia 1 III both have only fair overall camera quality, though the Asus Zenfone 10 has somewhat better overall camera quality.

Video Quality

6.7
Zenfone 10
Xperia 1 III
6.0
The Asus Zenfone 10 and Sony Xperia 1 III both have only fair videos, though the Asus Zenfone 10 takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

8.7 Hours
Zenfone 10
Xperia 1 III
5.6 Hours
The Asus Zenfone 10 has 8.7 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 1 III has 5.6 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Asus Zenfone 10 has a screen size of 5.92 inches and the Sony Xperia 1 III is 6.5 inches.

Cost

$750
Zenfone 10
Xperia 1 III
$1,366
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$1,000

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The Asus Zenfone 10 has a price of $750 and the Sony Xperia 1 III costs $1,366.
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Key similarities

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Photo Quality

6.1
Zenfone 10
Xperia 1 III
5.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Asus Zenfone 10 to have only fair photos, while the Sony Xperia 1 III takes poor photos.

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How the Asus Zenfone 10 and the Sony Xperia 1 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Asus Zenfone 10Sony Xperia 1 III
Asus Zenfone 10Sony Xperia 1 III

GENERAL

Price
$750
$1,366
Brand
AsusSony
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
August 22, 2023August 25, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.92"6.5"
Resolution
2400 x 10803840 x 1644
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
445643
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD8G2SD888
Internal Storage
128 GB256 GB
RAM
8 GB12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
6.6/106/10
Photos Score
6.2/105.9/10
Videos Score
6.8/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
50 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.7 Hours5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
4300 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
7.5 W15 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
5.77" x 2.68"6.5" x 2.8"
Weight
6.07 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesYes
Bluetooth Version
5.35.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
76
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 29, 30, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78, 88(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: SideFingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Midnight Black, Starry Blue, Aurora Green, Comet White, Eclipse RedBlack
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoYes

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Tom's Guide

Richard Priday | August 2023
"It's the best small phone for fans of compact handsets, but the Asus Zenfone 10 could pull users away from Samsung and Google flagships with top-quality performance and battery life. If you can forgive its more limited photography options and the shorter-than-average software support window, the Zenfone 10 is a top choice."

Sony Xperia 1 III

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TechRadar

James Peckham | August 2021
"For those who enjoy Sony’s Android phones, or who want a top-tier smartphone with a versatile camera, a beautiful screen and strong battery life, this is a great choice. If your budget can stretch to it, and you're a fan of its looks, it could be a great option."

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About ASUS

Asus is a well-known player in the mobile world, and in the past few years it has been known for covering specific niches in the smartphone market. Their Zenfone line of devices appeal to small phone enthusiasts, by providing very well-rounded and capable phones at a package that is not too large to operate with one hand – something hard to find in modern Android smartphones. Conversely, their ROG line of devices cater to mobile gamers, by providing a slew of hardware and software features, specifically tailored to enhance the mobile gaming experience. Additionally, Asus is one of the only manufacturers left that continues to include headphone jacks in their lineup of phones, a feature that has become exceedingly rare in today's market.

About Sony

Sony has had a long history in the mobile market, entering the scene all the way back in 1993 with its first commercially available phone, the CM-H333. Nowadays, their Xperia line of phones provide well-rounded and sometimes expensive devices with a focus on camera software that includes extensive support for manual tweaking of settings. Sony's dedication to audio quality is also evident in its smartphones, which often feature high-resolution audio support while also being one of the few remaining manufacturers that consistently provide headphone jacks in their phones. The company's version of Android is also considered to be close to stock, enabling a bloatware-free experience for its users.

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