This year’s top phones from Sony have seen the light of day during a press conference on Wednesday morning. These are the super luxurious Xperia 1 III and the slightly less luxurious Xperia 5 III. It has been a while since Sony took the more specialized film and photo track and the company does not seem to have any plans to stop it. The new top models come crammed with sharp (and odd) features in these areas.
Camera party with Alpha technology
The Xperia 1 III and 5 III are equipped with a variable telephoto camera that can quickly switch between two different zoom modes: 70 and 105 millimeters. The mobiles also support dual pixel autofocus, which makes it quick to find focus when you change modes. A total of four and three camera sensors are located on the back, and three of them have optical image stabilization.
Xperia 1 III is equipped with real-time tracking technology commonly found in Sony’s Alpha cameras. This enables precise tracking of moving objects and ensures that the focus is constantly on, for example, a face. Both 1 III and 5 III should be able to deliver a series of 20 images where the object is constantly in focus.
Sony has also put a lot of effort into improving the phones’ eye-autofocus, a trend in which the company has invested for several years. Another thing that will return is the Photography Pro mode, which will mimic the setting experience from professional cameras. The hobby photographer who is starting to get a little confused by all the advanced features can look forward to the new Basic Mode, which provides quick access to the most used settings.
Both phones can record 4k movies at 120 frames per second with the main sensor, but also choose to adapt the recordings to Sony’s cherished 21: 9 format (up to 60 fps) for a more cinema-like feel. Sony has added a host of aspiring master film features, which include everything from reducing wind noise to pre-adjustable color filters and quick access to a multitude of recording settings.
4k, oled and 120 Hz
All this, of course, needs to be reproduced on the sharpest of screens. Sony Xperia 1 III boasts OLED panel with 4k resolution, HDR and 120 Hz frame rate. The format is still elongated 21: 9 and the screen size is 6.5 inches. The Xperia 5 III also runs on OLED, but lacks 4k resolution and has a 6.1-inch screen.
The phones are not only optimized for making movies – but also for watching it. They use, among other things, HDR remastering technology from the company’s Bravia TV, and this year’s models also support Dolby Atmos sound. There are special modes for both sound and image to be experienced as close to the filmmaker’s intended end result as possible. Xperia 1 III also has stereo speakers placed on the front of the phone, which according to Sony should be 40 percent more powerful than those in Xperia 1 II.
Mobile gaming is getting hotter, and of course Sony is hanging on. The new Xperia flagships include the ability to adjust motion blur in fast games, tinker with the white balance and gamma correction that will make it easier to see opponents in dim light. This is done in Sony’s own Game Enhancer app. Sony also keeps the headphone jack on their mobile flagships, making it easier to use your favorite headphones, no matter how old they are.
Released later this year – prices unknown
Otherwise, Sony looks to offer everything you can expect from a top phone in 2021. This year’s fattest Qualcomm circuit, Snapdragon 888G, drives the builds, which also get access to fast 5G and Wifi 6. Xperia 1 III and 5 III get a 4 500 mAh large battery to party on, which can be charged to half in just over half an hour. Xperia 1 III also gets support for wireless charging and a function that allows the mobile to function as a charging tablet for other devices.
Xperia 1 III gets a slightly more luxurious design with metal and glass cast in the latest Gorilla Glass technology Victus, which will be the most durable to date. Both mobiles are in the classic Sony spirit IP 65/68-certified, which makes them tight against dust, as well as long-lasting water baths at a depth of 1.5 meters and low-pressure jets.
Just like last year, Sony is frugal in providing price and availability information. Exactly what Xperia 1 III and 5 III may cost and when they will be released in Sweden we do not know yet. This summer sometime they seem to land in store, that’s all we have to go on. Stay tuned, quite simply!