Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III Review – the phone equipped with variable telephoto lens

Sony announced today the launch of two new phones Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Both are the latest in Sony’s move to redefine the Xperia brand, which is the equivalent of the Xperia brand and its well-known Alpha digital camera. As a result, the camera system has once again become the main focus. Sony specifically promotes “the world’s first smartphone with a variable telephoto lens and dual PD sensor” and has improved its already fast and accurate autofocus system.

Design of Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Recently, Sony has been doing its thing in designing Xperia phones, which is a whole new change compared to most other smartphones in the market. The new Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III follow the same design concept: a tall 21: 9 screen, a unified framework, a beveled metal frame, and a glass back cover.

The camera bump remains elongated in the upper left corner of the back, and the power button / capacitive fingerprint reader on the right side of the frame doesn’t change either. This time it also provides a two-step physical shutter button with a beautiful tactile pattern, which will appeal to photography enthusiasts. The 3.5mm headphone jack still exists.

Display: Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

Camera of Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III

It’s time for exciting news. Sony has decided to be brave and has added a periscope zoom system to the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Unlike other similar fixed focus camera systems, this camera has a variable telephoto lens. This means that there is an optical element that can be physically moved within the camera system and can be switched between two focal lengths (70mm and 105mm).

camera of sony xperia 1 III, sony xperia 5 iii camera, variable telephoto lens of sony xperia
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Sony claims that choosing this setting can produce better quality images, and the custom dual PD sensor under the innovative camera system can help with this as well. Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III provide a total of four focal lengths for photo and video recording (16mm, 24mm, 70mm, and 105mm) covering most photo and video scenes. There are a total of three cameras on the back of the two phones, and the system is the same, except that the Xperia 5 III lacks a ToF sensor.

It now provides the magic of autofocus that shoots directly from the Sony Alpha professional camera, and there is now a basic model in the Photography Pro app, allowing people to take advantage of all the professional algorithms without manual settings. Both models provide the continuous autofocus function, which can take up to 20 frames per second in continuous shooting mode without losing focus or detail. Sony’s BIONZ X processor can handle low-light environments and can also use the same continuous shooting mode at 20fps when shooting at night.

The Hardware

Not surprisingly, both phones use top-of-the-line chips, the specific Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. Xperia 1 III is equipped with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal storage, while Xperia 5 III has an 8/128 GB memory configuration (256 GB variant is also available).

Both phones have a touch scan frequency of 240Hz and a motion blur reduction feature, which is well suited for gaming. Heat suppression technology also allows for cooler, throttle-free games because the game can be plugged into a phone and powered directly from the power cord, bypassing the battery and all the heat associated with charging.

The audio has also be improved. Sony has introduced support for its proprietary 360 Reality Audio technology in the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III stereo speakers and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The stereo speakers of the Xperia 1 III are also 40% better than those of the Xperia 1 II.

Both new smartphones have an IP65 / 68 protection rating, which in this case means dipping them in freshwater for more than 30 minutes in 1.5 meters deep water according to Sony’s internal testing procedures. Xperia 1 III has Gorilla Victus on the front and Gorilla Glass 6 on the back, while Xperia 5 III is sandwiched between Gorilla Glass 6 on both sides.

Battery and Charging feature

Given that the Xperia 5 III is much larger than its big brother, Sony managed to find space for a 4,500 mAh battery in both models, which is a feat in itself. We won’t call this capacity a large capacity, but it’s enough to keep you full for at least a full day on a single charge.

There is no conspiracy or drama surrounding the included charger; the word itself means “incidental.” Sony has included a 30W fast charger in both phones, claiming that it charges 50% of the battery in 30 minutes. Although this statement means that these phones cannot compete with China’s fast-charging champions, it will be a major improvement compared to the previous generation of products.

Price and Availability

Xperia 1 III will be available in matte black and matte purple, and it comes with Android11. Xperia 5 III will be available in black and green and will ship with Android 11. Prices for the two models will be announced later. The product will ship to US customers this summer.

Article Source: Phonearena

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