Wednesday, Sep 29, 2021
A few hours ago, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 (April 25, 1400), Sony unveiled three new phones in the Xperia Mark 3 family, including two flagships, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, and the mid-range Xperia 10 III, the major changes from the Mark 2 series. (Especially in the first two cases) belongs to their imaging capabilities. None of these three models have undergone major changes in terms of design and appearance, and their screen size has been maintained compared to last year's models. The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III use the same Snapdragon 888 processor as last year's experience, and the differences between the two should be explored elsewhere.
A little over a year ago, in late February 2021, Sony unveiled the advanced Xperia 1 II (pronounced Xperia One Mark To), which was nothing short of a dream come true for mobile photography enthusiasts; The smartphone is equipped with three 12-megapixel cameras with a special anti-reflective coating * ZEISS T and an iToF 3D sensor that supports autofocus (EYE AF) and capture 20 consecutive shots per second, and 4K/60fps video recording in its specification list It is visible. This advanced video set, however, as a mobile phone, had certain drawbacks, the most important of which were paying too much attention to the camera and ignoring other vital points in designing a mobile phone. This model did not support 5G in the critical US market, and considering the price completely above what was expected for it, it seemed imaginative even for all the flagships.
Sony, although at this time the maximum The Xperia 1 III has once again shifted its focus to a range of camera phones, but this time there are signs that the company is trying to make up for some of the previous generation's problems, at least in some areas of hardware. In terms of price, however, we will apparently not see a major change in Sony's usual policy, and the non-announcement of the price of any of Sony's three new models at the time of their unveiling does not seem promising.
Given the close similarities between the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, we will introduce these two models together and examine their differences instead.
Talking about Sony's flagships should undoubtedly start with their camera collection, where the most positive points of this collection and the difference between it and other flagships can be clearly seen. The structure of the two models still uses three 12-megapixel cameras, including the main wide-angle camera, ultraviolet camera and a telephoto unit, which is especially important for the latter, compared to last year's experience; For the first time, the device's 12-megapixel periscope telephoto camera has a variable focal length of 70 and 105 mm, offering 2.9 and 4.4x optical zoom at f/2.3 or f/2.8, respectively. The camera has a Sony-made sensor with dimensions of 1/2.9 inches and its focal length can be increased up to 300 mm (nearly 12.5 times) thanks to the digital zoom. The camera supports Dual Pixel phase detection focus and OIS image stabilization is also on the specs list.
The device's 12-megapixel main camera with a focal length of 24mm, at least on paper, is not much different from the same model as last year, and is equipped with a relatively large 1/1.7-inch sensor and f/1.7 aperture, and also supports OIS. The third ultraviolet camera looks much the same as before, and still comes with a 12-megapixel 1/2.6-inch camera with a 16mm focal length, f/2.2 aperture and autofocus capability that covers a wide area with a 124-degree viewing angle. . The ToF sensor and the * ZEISS T mark are also present, the former being present only on the Xperia I III and the latter announcing the anti-reflective coating on the lenses of this series.
According to Sony, the 16, 24, 70 and 105 mm lenses present in this The collection is the same thing that professional real-world photographers use on their cameras, and thus, by having them in the form of a mobile phone, facilities at the level of an advanced camera are provided to these users. Aside from these hardware capabilities, Sony's emphasis on what is called computational photography has faded, unlike other manufacturers such as Google, Apple, and even Samsung, and despite some hints such as better performance in low-light environments, the main emphasis remains. In Sony's new flagships, there is also the issue of hardware. The autofocus system (with function on the eyes of humans and animals) is also present in this collection, and this time the ability to follow the subject instantly (real-time tracking) has also come to its aid. To introduce this mode, a photograph of a rotating subject is displayed, in which the camera immediately focuses and resets itself after the individual's eyes are identified. The system is based on information received from the flight time sensor (ToF) and some software algorithms for tracking moving subjects, and of course, in the absence of the ToF sensor, this is done in software on the Xperia 5 III.
Other notable features for this collection include the ability to take photos at a rate of 20 frames per second, where focus and light information is recorded at a rate of 60 frames per second. In other words, for each photo in this mode, three times the focus and light information is adjusted. It becomes.
Sony has finally added the Pro Camera app to the main camera menu, where the normal mode is similar to the camera interface on other phones, but with the Pro mode switch we encounter similar conditions to Sony's advanced cameras.
Video capture in this 4K series is 120 frames per second, and the advanced SteadyShot image stabilization system is still present. Last but not least, the physical shutter button on the right side of the camera, which is still one of Sony's symbols and plays an important role in facilitating the imaging process.
To the satisfaction of these two models is greatly provided. The design of both models has not changed from before and we will not face a big change in terms of dimensions and sizes. The Xperia 1 III is 165 and 71 mm long and weighs 187 grams, respectively. On the Xperia 5 III, we find 157 and 68 mm in length and width, and it weighs 169 grams. Both phones are 8.2 mm thick, which is not much change in the Xperia 5 III, but its comparison with the Xperia 1 III shows a 0.3 mm increase. Both phones also feature an IP65/68 water and dust resistant body.
The display of the Xperia 1 III, like last year, is a 6.5-inch OLED model with a resolution of 21: 9 (or 1644 × 3840 pixels), which, thanks to the clear margins at the top and bottom, shows a long and distinctive set. This screen has already worked on a fundamentally different case, where for the first time it offers a 120Hz refresh rate on a 4K panel, and although (as bad news for the battery pack) there is no mention of automatic refresh rate adjustment, but Certainly, thanks to this, it attracts a lot of attention. The protective cover on this screen is Gorilla Glass Victus, which is the strongest glass provided by Corning for mobile screens. The touch capture speed on this screen is also announced as 240 Hz.
The Xperia 5 III also retains its 6.1-inch Full HD Plus resolution of 21: 9, and thankfully the 120Hz refresh rate is repeated here. This OLED display, like its bigger brother, supports HDR content display, but the protective glass cover on this panel is Gorilla Glass 6, which has not changed from last year's model. Another subtle difference between the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III is the 10-bit display panel in the former and its absence in the latter, which in practice does not make much of a difference in the real world.
Sony apparently has not changed the selfie camera of these two phones, and here, too, the same 8-megapixel with an aperture of f/2.0 is used, which is enough for 1080p/30fps video recording, but it has digital shake or EIS. The fingerprint sensor is still on the side of the device, despite the fact that the screen is OLED.
Processing on both phones is handled by the flagship Snapdragon 888 processor, which is currently the most powerful processing solution in the Android world. The structure of this 5-nanometer chipset uses 1 Cortex-X1 core with a frequency of 2.84 GHz, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Cortex-A55, and its graphics are Adreno 660.. The RAM on the Xperia I III is fixed at 12 GB and has 256 or 512 GB of internal storage. On the Xperia 5 III, the RAM is reduced to 8 GB, and the internal memory is offered in two versions, 128 or 256 GB. The microSD port is not forgotten in this model, and although it is considered as a combination with a second SIM card, it still offers a significant advantage over models such as the Samsung S21 family.
Sony has increased the battery capacity of both phones from 4,000 mAh last year to 4,500mAh, which doesn't seem like much, especially for the Xperia I III with a 120-frame full-screen display. Fast charging of this set is done through a 30 watt charger that will charge 50% of the battery capacity in 30 minutes. Wireless charging is also planned for the Xperia 1 III, but has been dropped on the Xperia 5 III.
In terms of multimedia and gaming, Sony has also provided special conditions for these two models, where in addition to stereo speakers (with 40% louder sound and support for 360Reality Audio format), the 3.5 mm headset jack has not been omitted. Sony flagships are thus apparently the only Snapdragon 888 smartphones on the market that still have a headset jack, regardless of gaming handsets. Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are also equipped with some special features in the field of gaming, including the need to reduce motion crystal (image blur due to fast subject movement) at 240 Hz for games that support this feature, Improved vision of subjects in the shadows (Low gamma raiser) and secondary equalizer to better hear the game's audio elements (shooting sound and footsteps). The ability to record and record games with a resolution of 1080p/120fps is also available, and with the Rewind time recording option, it is possible to automatically record the final 30 seconds of each game.
An interesting feature related to the multimedia options in this collection is a special mode for the USB-C port, through which you can connect a special cable to receive the video signal from an SLR camera in HD resolution on the panel. The phone was demonstrated and thus, similar to Sony's previous experience in this regard (in the Xperia Pro gadget), these phones can be used as external monitors for SLR cameras. Wi-Fi 6, 5G connectivity in the sub-6GHz network, NFC connectivity and Bluetooth 5.2 are other notable features in relation to this set.
The Sony Xperia 1 III is available in black, gray and purple (all three in matte), and the Xperia 5 III is also available in black, pink and green.
The operating system of both models is Android 11 and according to Sony, they will be released earlier this summer. Sony has not provided information on the price of these two models, but given the company's previous experience in pricing advanced and flagship phones, there is little hope that the price of these two models will decrease compared to the past.