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Xperia 1 III
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Updated January 10, 2024·

The Sony Xperia 1 III offers a larger screen and more RAM, which may provide a smoother experience, especially for multitasking and gaming, but it's at a premium price. Its camera system is very similar to the Sony Xperia 5 III's, meaning you'll get comparable photo and video quality from both devices despite the price difference. If a large screen and more RAM are not critical for you, the Xperia 5 III has a similar camera quality, and its battery life is actually better, all for a lower price. Both have the 3.5mm headphone jack and similar design and build, but the Xperia 5 III may provide more value for money if the larger screen and additional RAM are not your priorities. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Sony Xperia 1 III
  • Best in class display quality
Advantages of the Sony Xperia 5 III
  • Good battery life

Key differences

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5.6 Hours
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Xperia 5 III
7.3 Hours
The Sony Xperia 1 III has 5.6 hours of battery life. The Sony Xperia 5 III has 7.3 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Sony Xperia 1 III has a screen size of 6.5 inches and the Sony Xperia 5 III is 6.1 inches.


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The Sony Xperia 1 III has a price of $1,298 and the Sony Xperia 5 III costs $600.
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Key similarities

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Overall Camera Quality

Xperia 1 III
Xperia 5 III
The Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III both have only fair overall cameras quality.

Photo Quality

Xperia 1 III
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The Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III both have poor photos.

Video Quality

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The Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III both have only fair videos.

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How the Sony Xperia 1 III and the Sony Xperia 5 III compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Sony Xperia 1 IIISony Xperia 5 III
Sony Xperia 1 IIISony Xperia 5 III


Operating System
Release Date
August 25, 2021October 8, 2021


Screen Size
3840 x 16442520 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
Pixels Per Inch
Display Type


Internal Storage
256 GB128 GB
12 GB8 GB


Overall Camera Quality Score
Photos Score
Videos Score
Rear Cameras
Main, Ultrawide, TelephotoMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS


Battery Life
5.6 Hours7.3 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh4500 mAh
Wireless Charging
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging


6.5" x 2.8"6.18" x 2.68"
5.93 oz5.93 oz
Back Material
Stereo Speakers


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


Biometric unlock
Fingerprint sensor: SideFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Side
Unlockable Bootloader
BlackBlack, Green
Stock Android
SD Card


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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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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 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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