Sony Xperia 5 III release date, price, features and news

Sony Xperia 5 III release date, price, features and news
Sony continues to dish out Xperia phones despite the questionable financial situation of the company’s mobile department. But it’s actually good news, as the Xperia devices of late are quite decent. After the Xperia 1 release, the series received a much needed fresh start, and now Xperia phones are scoring near the top of the scale in reviews. Whether these phones actually sell well subsequently is another matter altogether.

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Nevertheless, Sony not only dared to skip the notch wars and go for a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio but also continued to add premium and professional software to its phones. With the launch of the Xperia 5, the Japanese company sort of rekindled the compact flagship fire, and the model and its successor - the Xperia 5 II - both enjoyed a positive reception throughout the community, despite their more than premium price.

The Xperia 5 II was a great phone, no doubt about it but technology never stands still and today we’re gonna take a look at the next Xperia device bearing the number 5. Let’s dive into everything we know about the upcoming Xperia 5 Mark III.

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Sony Xperia 5 III Price

  • $950 (rumored)

The Xperia 5 II was criticized mostly for its high price - $950 for a compact flagship seems to be too much, especially now when we have the iPhone 12 mini selling for $699. Sadly, we don’t expect Sony to budge and lower the price of the Xperia 5 III, so if you want some Sony magic, you better start saving now.

Sony Xperia 5 III Release date

  • September 2021

Sony usually announces its new Xperia 5 phones in September, so no reason this year to be an exception. Expect the Xperia 5 III to be officially unveiled around mid-September 2021, with sales going live a month later.

Sony Xperia 5 III Specifications

  • 6.1-inch FullHD+ HDR OLED display with 21:9 ratio
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 888 processor
  • 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • 5G support
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • 4000mAh battery
  • IP65/IP68 water and dust resistant

It’s still early days, so we don’t know much about the Xperia 5 Mark III and its specs. However, Sony has kept things quite consistent with the new lineup and we can make some educated guesses about the Xperia 5 III. The phone would probably sport the same dimensions as its predecessors - 6.22 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches. Regarding the chipset, the Xperia 5 models sport the same platform as their Xperia 1 counterparts, so we can assume the Xperia 5 III will have a Snapdragon 888 on board. As for the memory, we expect the same 8GB/128GB configuration we saw in the previous model.

Sony Xperia 5 III Design and Display


Sony will no doubt stick to the 21:9 aspect ratio with its Xperia phones. And although there were some rumors, suggesting that the Xperia 5 III might sport a cutout for the selfie camera on the front, chances are we’re going to get the same omni-balance design that Sony seems to be so proud of.

As for the display itself, Sony will probably opt for the same 6.1-inch FHD+ HDR OLED display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s a great panel and there’s no reason to change things around so much when the competition is arriving just now at these refresh rates. Glass and metal will probably be the design language of the Xperia 5 III.

Sony Xperia 5 III Camera system


Like its predecessors, the Xperia 5 III would probably carry over the camera system from the Xperia 1 III. According to sources from Japan, Sony has decided to add a periscope camera to the main system on the back of the Xperia 1 III, so we expect to see a high-zoom lens on the Xperia 5 III as well.

The exact specifications aren't available at the moment, but the new zoom camera should offer at least 5x optical zoom, although 10x can't be ruled out, and it'll sit alongside a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor, the main camera, and what's probably an ultra-wide shooter.

Sony Xperia 5 III Battery

  • 4,000mAh (rumored)

Sony did a great job with Xperia 5 II's battery, increasing the capacity to 4,000mAh (the original Xperia 5 sported a 3,140 mAh battery). Thanks to the innovative double mainboard design of the Xperia 5 II the Japanese company was able to achieve this 25% increase in capacity compared to the Xperia 5. Now, keeping the size the same means it will be very difficult to find more gains in this department. It's highly likely for the Xperia 5 III to sport the same 4,000mAh battery we saw in its predecessor. 
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