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Updated January 10, 2024·

If a high-quality camera is a priority, the Sony Xperia 5 III has a better overall camera system with more features, such as RAW output and HDR video, which will provide better photo and video quality. On the other hand, if you prioritize a larger screen and longer battery life, the Motorola Edge (2021) offers a larger 6.8-inch display compared to Sony's 6.1 inches, and it is reported to have a longer battery lifespan. Both phones are Android-based and are similarly priced, but the Motorola Edge (2021) has a plastic back which may not feel as premium as the glass back on the Sony Xperia 5 III. Additionally, the Motorola offers a high refresh rate for smoother visuals, but the Sony's OLED display is typically more vibrant. If you listen to music through wired headphones, the Sony also has a 3.5mm headphone jack which the Motorola lacks. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Motorola Edge (2021)
  • Very good battery life
Advantages of the Sony Xperia 5 III
  • The Sony Xperia 5 III has no clear advantages over the Motorola Edge (2021).

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

5.2
Edge (2021)
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Sony Xperia 5 III has only fair overall camera quality, while the Motorola Edge (2021) has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

5.3
Edge (2021)
Xperia 5 III
5.9
The Sony Xperia 5 III and Motorola Edge (2021) both have poor photos, though the Sony Xperia 5 III takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

4.7
Edge (2021)
Xperia 5 III
6.0
The Sony Xperia 5 III takes only fair videos, while the Motorola Edge (2021) takes poor videos.

Battery

8.7 Hours
Edge (2021)
Xperia 5 III
7.3 Hours
The Motorola Edge (2021) has 8.7 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 5 III has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Motorola Edge (2021) has a screen size of 6.8 inches and the Sony Xperia 5 III is 6.1 inches.
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Key similarities

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Cost

$600
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Xperia 5 III
$600
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The Motorola Edge (2021) has a price of $600 and the Sony Xperia 5 III costs $600.

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How the Motorola Edge (2021) and the Sony Xperia 5 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Motorola Edge (2021)Sony Xperia 5 III
Motorola Edge (2021)Sony Xperia 5 III

GENERAL

Price
$600
$600
Brand
MotorolaSony
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
September 2, 2021October 8, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.8"6.1"
Resolution
2460 x 10802520 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
YesNo
Pixels Per Inch
395449
Display Type
LCDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD778GSD888
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB8 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
5.3/106/10
Photos Score
5.4/105.9/10
Videos Score
4.7/106/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
108 megapixels12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
8.7 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
5000 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
NoNo
Wireless charging Speed
0 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.65" x 2.98"6.18" x 2.68"
Weight
7.05 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
PlasticGlass
Stereo Speakers
NoYes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoYes
Bluetooth Version
5.25.2
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
6e6
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 25, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Nebula BlueBlack, Green
Stock Android
YesYes
SD Card
NoYes

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Motorola Edge (2021)

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Tom's Guide

Philip Michaels | October 2021
"If you've overlooked Motorola's higher-end phones in the past, the Motorola Edge 5G UW does a very good job at trying to regain your attention. Improvements to the main camera impress. I'm also impressed by how quickly the phone recharges. It's the affordability that ultimately wins the day for the Motorola Edge. this phone offers enough premium features to put it at the forefront of midrange options."

Sony Xperia 5 III

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Android Authority

Robert Triggs | October 2022
"The Sony Xperia 5 III excels when it comes to rear camera photography, its display and multi-media features, and all-day battery life. Buy the Xperia 5 III if you’re looking for a fun but imperfect camera setup, customizable gaming features, all-day battery life, and all the best multimedia capabilities that Sony has to offer"

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About Motorola

Motorola, a well-known name in the smartphone world, has a long-standing legacy in the industry, with a history dating back to the early days of mobile phones. The brand is mostly known for striking a balance between affordability and functionality, as well as providing a clean and straightforward interface with their software skin on top of Android. While they have traditionally been prominent in the budget and midrange categories, Motorola has also occasionally ventured into the high-end category for smartphones.

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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