We already asked you about Sony’s Xperia Mark III series when it was first announced, but it’s been a few months since. We wanted to give the Xperia 1 III another chance, especially since our review was released earlier this week and we now know exactly what the phone has to offer.
You can also watch our 10-minute video review to gain speed. On paper, the phone offers unique features like a 4K 120 Hz OLED display and a two-focal length telephoto lens. This display, however, has an asterisk next to it. You can have a 4K resolution or a refresh rate of 120 Hz, never both. And the TV camera does not have the best image quality, especially at 105 mm (4.4x magnification).
These are not the only problems we have found. On the one hand, the screen isn’t very bright – it handles pretty much the same output peak (620 nits with creator mode) as the Mark 2 model, which is much lower than what current Android flagships can handle.
In addition, this screen seems to be power hungry because the endurance index is essentially the same, 82 hours, although this new model has 500 mAh more in its battery than the 2020 model. And charging times using the 30W adapter (supplied with the phone) are nothing out of the ordinary. The phone only reached 42% in half an hour, some of the competition would have finished charging during that time.
You can refer to our written and video reviews for more pros and cons, it’s starting to feel like we’re focusing on the negatives here. For what it’s worth, the Xperia 1 III was designed by a company that just does its own thing and doesn’t care what the competition does.
The end result looks and feels unique, as no other flagship of 2021 (or 2020) has all these features combined in the same package. For some, the Xperia is the only phone to consider, for others, it is not worth it.
For example, camera apps are designed for people who are comfortable with manual mode. The creative mode is intended for demanding viewers who want to experience a film as the director had planned. And those who have a favorite wired headphones. The Mark III isn’t as hardcore as the Xperia Pro, but not far away either.
The other reason we wanted to run another survey is that you can finally pre-order the phone. Some of you may, anyway, start shipping to the United States in a few weeks. In addition, it will arrive in Europe in a month’s time. As for its brother, the Xperia 5 III, it’s still a long way off.
So, is your finger tempted to press this “pre-order” button or have you seen enough and decided not to buy an Xperia 1 III? Keep in mind that this will cost you $1,300/€1,300/£1,200, although most markets get a free pair of headphones (WF-1000XM3 TWS headphones in the US, WH-1000XM3 supra-ear headphones in most European countries).