Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III

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BEST RATING
Performance:
4.2
CAMERA: Fair6.0/10
SIZE: Large Android
BATTERY: Fair6.0/10

The Sony Xperia 1 III comes at a premium price and is suitable for those who value a high-quality display and camera performance. With a glass back, the phone offers a solid build. It has a large battery capacity providing average battery life, and a 6.5-inch screen size that does not have a curved edge. The high-resolution OLED display features high brightness and a 120 Hz refresh rate, which is ideal for smooth scrolling and video playback. The Xperia 1 III retains the 3.5mm headphone jack, which many users appreciate for wired headphones. It features Android operating system and offers fair camera quality for both still photos and videos, and even supports HDR video and RAW output for more advanced photographic needs. The multiple camera setup includes a high-resolution main and telephoto camera, as well as an ultrawide camera. It also offers 5G capabilities for fast internet speeds. The phone has a dedicated shutter button which is great for photography enthusiasts. Wireless charging is supported, and features like water and dust resistance make it durable. Keep in mind, its performance is good, though there might be phones with better battery life or camera quality at a similar price point. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • High screen resolution
  • 3.5mm headphone jack included
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • 5G capability
  • Wireless charging available
Cons
  • Moderate battery life
  • Average camera performance
  • Heavier than some competitors
  • Limited high brightness mode

Ratings by Category

Performance:
4.2
The Performance rating is based on GeekBench performance benchmark scores, combined with PerfectRec’s assessment of real-life typical use cases.
Overall Camera:
3.0
The Sony Xperia 1 III has a software experience for photos that users find very good, which can make the phone's interface and features enjoyable to use. However, the camera's dynamic range and low light performance are considered poor, which may result in less than ideal photo quality in high contrast or dimly lit situations, and the selfie camera quality is rated as fair, indicating that self-portraits may not be as detailed or well-balanced compared to higher-rated phones.
Battery Life:
3.0
The Battery Life rating is based on overall actual measured battery life during typical usage.
Photos:
3.0
The Sony Xperia 1 III delivers fair photos largely due to its selfie quality, which is not ideal for capturing high-quality self-portraits. Additionally, the camera’s dynamic range and low light performance are below par, impacting the overall photo quality in various lighting conditions.
Videos:
3.0
The Sony Xperia 1 III’s video-taking capabilities are considered fair due to its average video stabilization and video software experience, meaning that while it can record videos, they may not be as smooth or intuitive to capture as on other phones with better stabilization and software integration.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$1,298
Brand
Sony
Operating System
Android
Release Date
August 25, 2021

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.5"
Resolution
3840 x 1644
Variable refresh rate
No
Pixels Per Inch
643
Display Type
OLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888
Internal Storage
256 GB
RAM
12 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
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6/10
Photos Score
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5.9/10
Videos Score
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6/10
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.6 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless charging Speed
15 W
Reverse wireless charging
No

PHYSICAL

Size
6.5" x 2.8"
Weight
5.93 oz
Back Material
Glass
Stereo Speakers
Yes

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
Yes
Bluetooth Version
5.2
A2DP
Yes
WiFi Version
6
NFC
Yes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
No
Color
Black
Stock Android
Yes
SD Card
Yes

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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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