Sony's mobile division is still very much alive and that's a good thing. Even though Xperia phones have dropped in popularity (and sales) in the past few years, the Japanese tech giant puts a lot of effort into bringing the line back to its former glory. Ever since the Xperia 1 debuted back in 2019, Sony's been trying its best to show people that Xperia devices are worth their money. And for the most part, they really are. Sony is giving people something fresh in the design department — a gorgeous AMOLED display with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio, uninterrupted by notches, cutouts and other eye-sores.
Xperia 5, and the affordable Xperia 10. That's it, more or less, and we've already seen two generations of these phones. A lot of resources have gone into reimagining the modern Xperia smartphone — Sony brought experts from its highly successful Alpha camera department to help with the camera systems on the new phones and the results are obvious. The Xperia 1 II (Mark two) refined all the rough edges of its predecessor and so we're really excited to see what the next generation flagship from Sony — the Xperia 1 III — will bring to the table.The modern Xperia lineup features three main devices - the flagship Xperia 1, the compact
Sony Xperia 1 III Price
Pricing has always been a sort of controversial topic when we talk about Xperia phones. The first flagship of the "new wave" - the Xperia 1 - received a hefty $1,000 price tag, only to fall below the $600 mark a year later. Then the Xperia 1 II came along and that phone was even more expensive — $1,199 at the launch. Now, several months later, it can be found for just a hair under $1,000 and it will probably keep depreciating.
It's safe to assume that the Xperia 1 III will arrive with a premium price tag too. We don't know the exact figures yet, but we'll be very, very surprised if the price of the Xperia 1 III happens to be below $1,200. Now, looking at the previous two iterations of this model, you'll be better off waiting a couple of months before getting the phone. Chances are the Xperia 1 III will depreciate and fall below the somewhat psychological $1,000 threshold.
Sony Xperia 1 III Release date
If Sony decides to stick to tradition, like a traditional Japanese company, which it is, we should expect the Xperia 1 III announcement to take place sometime in February 2021. However, as with the previous two generations, we'll be in for a long wait before the actual devices hit the stores. We're talking about months here. The Xperia 1 III will probably go on sale in late May, early June 2021.
Sony Xperia 1 III Specifications
This one is easier than it looks. It's the next big flagship from Sony, so we expect top-notch specs all around. The Xperia 1 III will be powered by the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset — there's little doubt about that. The latest rumors talk about 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage, so no surprises here either. We expect the phone to have full 5G support out of the box and to launch with Android 11 onboard. More tweaks are expected in the display department.
Sony Xperia 1 III Design and Display
As far as design is concerned, Sony won't go bonkers with the Xperia 1 III. The whole line of modern Xperia phones has something really going for it with the 21:9 aspect ratio and the elongated, slim bodies of the devices. This won't change anytime soon probably. Let's talk about the display, shall we?
Japanese sources have leaked some information about Xperia 1 III's screen. No changes to the resolution, which is a good thing, as we're looking forward to another 4K panel. According to the Japanese sources though, there'll be a 15% bump in overall brightness compared to the previous generation. The Xperia 1 II achieved around 540 nits of peak brightness in our display test, so we should expect something in the vicinity of 620 nits for the new model.
Sony Xperia 1 III Camera system
Little is known about the main camera system in the upcoming Xperia 1 III. The same Japanese sources from the display leak suggest that the selfie camera will have a larger aperture but its sensor and resolution will remain the same. This is not a bad thing — we were genuinely impressed with the selfie snapper of the previous model and a larger aperture will allow for better light gathering and hopefully — better selfie shots in low-light conditions.
As for the main camera systems, there's not much information about it at the moment. There's a good chance Sony will retain the same configuration we're familiar with from the Xperia 1 II, with some tweaks here and there.