In a surprise announcement this morning, Sony has taken the wraps off of the third generation of their 21:9 phone series, the Xperia 1 III, the Xperia 5 III and the Xperia 10 III, and these are pretty damn cool, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III have a new telephoto setup with dual focal length, and the Xperia 10 III brings a much larger battery and also the new Snapdragon 690 chipset to give it a performance kick, but also 5G support.
Starting with the Xperia 1 III this is the same balls to the wall phone it’s been for a few years but with some lovely new additions. you still get the 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED screen, but it’s now 120Hz with a 240Hz touch sampling rate. these screens have always looked insane, now with 120Hz refresh they’ll feel it too, though sadly this is not the fancy new LTPO panels with variable refresh rates, it’s either 60Hz or 120Hz. the SoC is of course the new Snapdragon 888 chipset, the top of the line get up from Qualcomm as it stands with a Cortex X1 prime core, 3x Cortex A78 cores and 4 Cortex A55 on Samsung 5nm fabrication, that SoC paired with the sizeable 4500mAh should hopefully mean decent battery life, but we have to see. Then there is the start of the show, the camera system. still a trio of 12MP cameras with the legendary Zeiss T* coating for lower reflections and less distortion, the main lens is a 24mm effective focal length with an aperture of f1.7. the Ultrawide is a 12MP 16mm effective focal length lens with a 124-degree field of view and an aperture of f2.2 lastly is where the cool begins. the Telephoto now have variable focal lengths, either 70mm at f2.3 or 105mm at F2.8. All three of these lenses support Dual Phase Detection autofocus which when paired with Sony’s excellent eye-AF system and the ToF (Time of Flight) sensor on the rear should enable some pinpoint and split-second focus abilities.
The Xperia 5 III actually keeps nearly all the cool stuff from the Xperia 1 III, the 6.5″ 4K HDR OLED gets downgraded to a 6.1″ 1080p HDR OLED, you go from 12GB of RAM to 8GB of RAM and you lose the ToF sensor and Qi charging, but otherwise you have the same camera setup, the same Snapdragon 888, the same battery and wired charging performance at 30w and importantly the stellar Stereo speakers which Sony claim are 40% louder this year. Given my dinky hands, I think this might be the one I would pick up if given the choice.
Lastly is the Xperia 10 III, this is more different but still very cool. sadly you don’t get the dual-focal length telephoto snapper here, and they aren’t all 12MP (the main is 12MP, the ultrawide and telephoto are 8MP) but you do get a 6″, 1080p HDR OLED display covered in Gorilla Glass 6, you still get a 4500mAh battery, although charging speed is reduced to 18w here and you still get 5G, which is provided by the new Snapdragon 690 chipset. So far I’ve only seen this chipset in one other phone so I would be very excited to get my hands on this if possible.
We don’t have availability or price for the UK just yet but we will keep you posted once we get that information.