Our Sony Xperia 1 III video review is out

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The Sony Xperia 1 III is possibly the ultimate power user phone – it marks check boxes that other phones do not even know exist (eg dual focal length telephoto) or have forgotten all about (3.5 mm jack, what is it?). But it is also a phone that is not easy to love due to some frustrating limitations.

The main attractions are out in the open – the 4K OLED 120 Hz display, the stereo speakers, a microSD slot, two-stage shutter head, mainly stock Android 11 along with the aforementioned headphone jack.

But as we dug into the details, we found that not everything is as it seems. First, only some apps actually run in 4K resolution, and it’s not always easy to tell which ones. This is perhaps best, as 4K mode disables 120 Hz refresh rate and drops you back to 60 Hz.

Here you will review all the amazing and not so great features of Sony’s Mark 3 flagship:

Some of the issues can be traced back to the high resolution with high refresh rate display. It’s not as bright, but still draws more energy and negates the benefit of the larger battery compared to the Mark 2. When you play HDR content, however, it looks great and some apps get a brightness increase with Creator Mode.

If the first 4K 120 Hz screen ever is not why you want to upgrade to an Xperia 1 III, is that unique camera a better reason? The main and ultra-wide cameras show really good photos, though Sony should consider adding a dedicated night mode. The unique telephoto camera performs well at 2.9x magnification even in (not too) dark scenes. However, we wish the image was sharper at 4.4x magnification.

To take a closer look at camera samples from the Xperia 1 III, check out our written review.

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