Sony brought its smartphone lineup for an entire year in a single announcement this week, and there are things we want to talk about.
So here goes a few early thoughts on what we found interesting, what are the key points, and what we think of them.
A real band of brothers
Sony Xperia 1 III, Xperia 5 III and Xperia 10 III are very different and yet they clearly follow the same formula. You could say they have more things in common than any smartphone lineup out there.
All three have 21: 9 OLED screens, stereo speakers, a 4,500 mAh battery, expandable storage, 3.5 mm headphone jack and all have a triple camera. They are all also IP68 certified.
Xperia 10 III cuts the most corners you would expect from a cheaper phone. But it still has the same priorities as its more premium siblings.
All about the cameras
Sony has always focused on its smartphone cameras, but with the Xperia 1 III and 5 III it does things that no one else has done.
Sony was keen to keep the resolution of all three of its 12MP camera sensors, noting that a lower resolution means it can perform computational readings up to 3 times faster than competing phones with higher resolution sensors.
All three sensors have dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, which is aided by the 3D iToF sensor, which measures the distance to help with focus accuracy and focus tracking.
But the real news comes from the telephoto lens, which offers two zoom levels – 70mm and 105mm. It translates to approx. 2.9x to 4.4x zoom from a single lens and sensor, which is a first on a smartphone.
The dual telecamera sits in front of an impressive 1 / 2.9-inch sensor and has optical stabilization.
We are very eager to take this new zoom camera around and try it out.
Sony has brought its Eye AF technology from its popular series of cameras and is currently the only phone maker to have both human and animal autofocus.
Another thing that Sony brought from its camera line to the flagship Xperia 1 III and 5 III is its real-time tracking technology. The phone cameras can focus on a selected target within the camera’s field of view. And if the subject is lost behind an object or obstacle, real-time tracking can resume tracking automatically when it becomes visible again.
Finally, you get a nicer side-mounted release button with an embossed finish for improved tightness.
Potent film viewing machines
Sony wants all three new Xperias to be ideal for movie viewing. All three have HDR-ready AMOLED displays with a 21: 9 aspect ratio movie format, and all three have forward-facing stereo speakers set with Dolby Atmos.
Sony’s creator mode preset has a specially calibrated D65 white dot to match Sony’s professional displays used in Hollywood studios. And you can set Creator Mode by default specifically for your video playback apps.
The X1 mobile engine can remaster videos and simulate an HDR effect, even for lower quality streaming content.
Headphone jack and expandable storage – yay!
Sony is one of the last remaining manufacturers to still include a headphone jack on its high-end flagships. And it includes microSD card slots on all three of its new phones, which is also rarely late.
The new Xperias offer 360 Reality Audio, which simulates the stereo effect you get in a live concert or studio session. And if your music content is 2-channel, you can enable 360 Spatial Sound, which upscales sound in real time.
DSEE Ultimate improves the quality of digital music through AI, increased frequency and dynamic range both on locally stored files or streaming music.
Finally, you can get 3 months of TIDAL for free with an Xperia 1 III purchase.
Like its predecessor, the Xperia 10 III is a truly compact phone that is only 154 mm high. It is also light at just under 170g.
This makes the Xperia 10 III a unique proposition for those people who are looking for a reasonably (hopefully hopefully) compact phone that does not skimp on advanced features.
The Sony Xperia 5 III is also reasonably small at only 3mm higher than the 10 III and 1 gram lighter. And it adds 0.1 inches to the screen, not to mention the superior cameras and processor.
Price and lack of availability
Sony made three phones that they thought specifically catered to the needs of its loyal fans. Those who love the cinema’s image format on the screen, the headphone jack, the camera’s processing and functions and styling of phones – both hardware and software.
And we have no doubt that the very loyal fans will buy their choice of the three new phones.
But the thing is, Sony has not said when these phones will be available, except in the “early summer”. And more importantly, there was no official price statement.
History points to a high bid for the flagship Xperia 5 III and 1 III, and a listing in Russia seems to confirm this – around $ 1,300 for Xperia 1 III and around $ 1,100 for Xperia 5 III.
Still, when you can go out and buy your coveted Xperia, you could have had a number of other high-profile and highly skilled camera phones for a few months, which is something to consider.
Okay, we admit that we are also struggling to get to the new Xperia, especially 1 and 5, and give their new variable telecamera a thorough test.