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Sony unveils the Xperia 1 III

Today, Sony unveiled the Xperia 1 III during its Xperia New Product Announcement, alongside the Xperia 5 III and the Xperia 10 III.

Aesthetically, the Xperia 1 III retains the tall and narrow Xperia design language adopted since the introduction of the Xperia 1, attributable to the 21:9 display synonymous to the line. The display features Corning’s Gorilla® Glass Victus™ – the toughest Gorilla® Glass yet, coupled with a distinctive application of frosted glass on the back of the blasted metal frame. In contrast, the Xperia 5 III features Corning’s Gorilla® Glass 6™ on the display and the rear with a sleek mirror-glass finish.

The new Xperia models utilise sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment. In addition to unique hardware decoding, a newly developed speaker virtualiser enables Xperia 1 III  and Xperia 5 III to be the world’s first smartphones to reproduce 360 Reality Audio in the speakers. If the music source being listened to is 2-channel in nature, the new 360 Spatial Sound comes into play. It enables the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III to upmix stereo tracks and virtualises to an immersive sound experience in real-time. The technology works with local audio files and streaming services to further enhance the listening experience.

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The Full-stage stereo speakers are placed at the front of the phone to reproduce the sound field effectively. And as an exclusive update for Xperia 1 III, they are now 40% more powerful than their predecessor, thanks to a new speaker box structure, which has been designed both to improve sound pressure and eliminate vibration. The audio volume through audio-out (via the 3.5mm audio jack) has also been improved by approximately 40%, while sound quality has improved with less distortion near the maximum output level.

Through the Full-stage stereo speakers, wired via the 3.5 mm audio jack or wireless via Bluetooth, listeners can look forward to immersing themselves in an experience that allows them to feel like they are at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio.

Both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III offer DSEE Ultimate, enhancing digital music quality using Sony AI technology, including audio and video streaming services. It automatically improves the audio frequency and dynamic range in real-time, taking each track closer to high-resolution audio.

Equipped with a 4,500 mAh battery (500 mAh more than previous models), both models feature Xperia Adaptive Charging allows the battery life to be extended up to three years (up from two in previous models) in both models. Xperia Adaptive Charging works by monitoring the phone as it charges to make sure the battery isn’t overworked.

With both the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III positioned as flagship line-ups in the Xperia line, what are the differences between them? For starters, you will get a Snapdragon 888 processor and support for 5G on both models. Both models will also feature the same three lenses on the rear (equivalent to a 16mm f/2.2 ultrawide, a 24mm f/1.7 wide, and a 70mm f/2.3 & 105mm f/2.8 telephoto given the folded periscope lens design), each with a 12-megapixel sensor, with the Xperia 1 III equipped with an additional time-of-flight sensor.

The Xperia 5 III is the more compact of the two with a 6.1 inch 21:9 1080p display compared to the 6.5 inches 21:9 4K display of the Xperia 1 III. Finally, the Xperia 1 III supports wireless charging and battery share function, which allows it to double as a wireless charging pad for other devices that support wireless charging.

The Xperia 1 III will be available in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple (colour availability may vary depending on region) while the Xperia 5 III will be available in Black, Pink and Green (colour availability may vary depending on region), both shipping with Android™ 11 from the third quarter of 2021. Price will be announced at a later date. 

Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

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