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Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III
Brand: Sony
Category: Smartphones
  • RAM / ROM: 12 GB / 256, 512 GB
  • CPU: Octa-core Kryo 680
  • Camera Back / Front: Quad (12, 12, 12, 0.3 MP) / 8 MP
  • Battery: 4500 mAh, Li-Po
  • Display: 6.5 inches, OLED, 1644 x 3840 pixels
  • OS: Android 11

Our Rating

The overall rating of this product is based on the review by our experts.

  • Design 9 / 10
  • Display 9 / 10
  • Performance 8 / 10
  • Camera 9 / 10
  • Battery 9 / 10
  • Features 10 / 10
  • Price 9 / 10

Sony Xperia 1 III was launched on the 25th of August 2021, almost four months after it was announced on the 14th of April 2021. The device is powered by the top-of-the-line Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G processor, which is based on the 5 nm technology. The device runs Android 11 out of the box, but Sony has clarified that the phone will get at least two Android updates. The phone has an octa-core processor and its AnTuTu benchmark score is a huge 727000. The device comes in two configurations. The price for the 12 GB RAM with 256 GB internal storage is $1099 while the price for the 12 GB RAM with 512 GB internal storage variant is $1149. For color, there are three options, Black, Gray, and Purple which Sony brands it Frosted Black, Frosted Gray, and Frosted Purple.

While the device supports two Nano-SIMs and connectivity from 2G to 5G, it also comes with a hybrid sim slot. However, that shouldn’t be a problem as the phone’s internal storage should be sufficient for most users. The device measures 6.50 inches in height, 2.80 inches in width, and 0.32 inches in thickness. Also, the device weighs 186g, which is definitely on the lighter side. The Sony Xperia 1 III has an aluminum frame, a glass back protected by Gorilla Glass 6, and a glass front protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. The smartphone has an IP65 and IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. The Adreno 660 GPU looks after the gaming requirements of this phone. It’s worth mentioning here that while the performance of this phone is great, overheating is an issue here.

Coming to display, the phone has a 6.5 inches OLED display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The aspect ratio, screen-to-body ratio, and the PPI density of the device are 21:9, 84.2%, and 643. The phone has a 12 MP wide-angle camera, 12 MP telephoto camera, 12 MP ultrawide camera, and a 0.3 MP depth sensor camera. On the front, the phone has an 8 MP wide-angle camera. The rear camera set-up allows you to record videos at 1080p and 4K while the front camera can only record videos at 1080p. The camera performance of this phone is great and what sets this phone’s camera different from the competition are features like Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, and eye-tracking. The gadget has 3.5 mm headphone jack and hi-resolution audio, thereby ensuring a good multimedia experience.

Sensors include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, and color spectrum. When it comes to battery and charging, the Sony Xperia 1 III has a 4500 mAh non-removable lithium-polymer battery. The phone supports 30W fast charging and according to advertisements, the device can go from 0 to 50 percent in 30 minutes. The phone has USB Type-C 3.1 and USB On-The-Go. Staying on the subject of charging, the device also supports fast wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. Coming to the topic of communication, the phone has dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, and Bluetooth 5.2. The phone has NFC, but you won’t be able to hear FM Radio on this phone.



Announced Date 2021, April 14
Release Date 2021, August 25


Dimensions 165 x 71 x 8.2 mm (6.50 x 2.80 x 0.32 in)
Weight 186 g (6.56 oz)
Colors Frosted Black, Frosted Gray, Frosted Purple


Display Type OLED
Size 6.5 inches, 98.6 cm2 (~84.2% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1644 x 3840 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~643 ppi density)
Display Features Corning Gorilla Glass Victus


Primary Quad (12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.7", 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS |12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm (telephoto), f/2.8, 105mm (telephoto), 1/2.9", Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4.4x optical zoom, OIS |12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.6", Dual Pixel PDAF | 0.3 MP, TOF 3D, (depth))
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), 1/4", 1.12µm
Video 4K@24/25/30/60/120fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps
Camera Features Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating, LED flash, panorama, HDR, eye tracking


Chipset Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
CPU Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
GPU Adreno 660


Card Type microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal 256 GB / 512 GB


OS Android 11


Technology Used Li-Po
Capacity 4500 mAh
Fast Charging


3.5mm Jack
Loud Speaker
Features Stereo Speakers


WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
USB USB Type-C 3.1; USB On-The-Go,


Technology Used GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Other Features

Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum



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