It has been three months since Sony announced its two latest high-end devices, the Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. We have known them since April, but it has not been until now that the company has confirmed its official prices through its website.

The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are two premium devices. They mount the Snapdragon 888, 4K OLED screens with a 120 Hz refresh rate and its price is similar to what we have seen in other proposals in its range.

What Sony has also confirmed is their availability. The two smartphones appear on the web along with prices, and the Xperia 1 III will be available from August 19, however, there is a purchase link for pre-order while the Sony Xperia 5 III availability is unknown for now.

Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III datasheet

Sony Xperia 1 IIISony Xperia 5 III
Dimensions and Weight165 x 71 x 8.2 mm
186 grams
157 x 68 x 8.2 millimeters
169 grams
Screen6.5-inch OLED
21: 9 Ratio
4K
120Hz
240Hz Touch Refresh
HDR
Gorilla Glass Victus
OLED 6.1 inches
Full HD +
Ratio 21: 9
120 Hz
240 Hz touch refresh
HDR
Gorilla Glass 6
ProcessorSnapdragon 888Snapdragon 888
RAM12 GB8 GB
Internal Storage256 GB128 GB
Rear CameraMain: 12 megapixels f/1.7
Angle: 12 megapixels f/2.2
Depth: TOF 3D
Zoom: 12 megapixels f/2.3 /2.8
Main: 12 megapixels f / 1.7
Angle: 12 megapixels f / 2.6
Zoom: 12 megapixels f/2.3 /2.8
Front Camera8 megapixels f/2.08 megapixels f /2.0
Battery4,500 mAh
30W fast
charging Wireless
charging Reverse wireless charging
4,500 mAh
30W fast charge
Operating SystemAndroid 11Android 11
Connectivity5G
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB-C
Minijack
5G
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
USB-C
Minijack
OthersHi-Res Audio
DSEE
IP65 / 68
Stereo Speakers
Hi-Res Audio
DSEE
IP68
Stereo Speakers
Price$1,299$999

This is what the Japanese flagships look like

The Sony Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III share some specifications, but they are different. The Sony Xperia 5 III is a more compact phone, with 157 millimeters in height and weighing 169 grams, while its big brother measures 165 millimeters and weighs about 190 grams. They share the thickness, 8.2 millimeters, but for obvious reasons have different screen sizes.

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While the Sony Xperia 5 III has a 6.1-inch OLED panel with FullHD resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate, the Xperia I 111 mounts a 6.5-inch OLED panel with 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate. We will have to see how it performs on a day-to-day basis, but the screen of the most powerful model looks promising.

Sony Xperia 1 III
Sony Xperia 1 III

Under the hood is the Snapdragon 888 processor, one of Qualcomm’s most powerful to date, along with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM in the Xperia 5 and 12 GB and 256 GB in the Xperia 1.

Both handsets feature a 4,500 mAh battery with 30W fast charging, but the Xperia 1 III incorporates wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. The operating system is Android 11 with the Sony layer, but it is to be expected that being recent high-end smartphones, they will be updated to Android 12 at some point.

Sony Xperia 5 III
Sony Xperia 5 III

As for the camera, it is curious that Sony, which is one of the leading smartphone camera manufacturers, has not jumped on the 48, 64, or 108-megapixel bandwagon. Instead, the two handsets mount a 12-megapixel main sensor, a 12-megapixel wide-angle, a 12-megapixel telephoto, and, in the case of the Xperia 1 III, a 3D TOF for depth measurements. Selfies are left to an eight-megapixel sensor in both cases.

Price and availability of the Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III

As mentioned above, Sony has revealed the availability of its Sony Xperia 1 III which will be from August 19 and can already be pre-order. The Sony Xperia 5 III 8/128 GB availability is unknown for now.

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As for the models, both smartphones are available in a single version of RAM and internal storage that we detail below. The Xperia 1 III will be available in black and purple and the Xperia 5 III in green and black. Prices are as follows:

  • Sony Xperia 1 III 12/256 GB: $1,299.99
  • Sony Xperia 5 III 8/128 GB: $999
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