Sony Xperia 1 III key features

Published 27 August 2021

The Sony Xperia 1 III replaces the flagship Sony Xperia 1 II. The Xperia 1 II was very well received, winning a What Hi-Fi? 5 Star Award in 2020 and being hailed as a great all-round handset, delivering superb music and picture quality.

Will the Sony Xperia 1 III live up to its predecessor? Read on to find out.


The Sony Xperia 1 III is the world's first smartphone with a 4K 120Hz display. Sounds impressive right? Well, it is. The CinemaWideTM screen means you can take advantage of the 4k resolution and watch movies and videos in noticeably higher quality.

Created using Corning® Gorilla® Glass VictusTM, the toughest Gorilla® Glass available, as well as being excellent quality, the display is also less likely to succumb to damage from being dropped or scratched. The Xperia 1 III also features IP65/68 water resistance and protection against dust for extra durability.


Developed with input from the engineers behind the latest Sony Alpha 9 series of cameras, which are renowned for their autofocus technology, as well as insight from professional photographers, the cameras of the Xperia 1 III can yield some impressive results.

The triple camera features 4 lens options with fast AF in each one, including when shooting extended telephoto - so your photos will stay in focus at a distance, even if your subject is moving.

20fps continuous burst shooting combined with auto focus and auto exposure makes it easy to capture the perfect moment while the large sensor and BION XTM mobile engine helps reduce the amount of noise in low light situations.

The onboard camera controls within Photography Pro give you access to options more often found on professional cameras than smartphones, allowing you to choose between manual and automatic settings, adjust ISO, shutter speed, white balance and more and even shoot in RAW.

The Xperia 1 III can even be used to add bokeh effects allowing you to create professional looking images with extra depth.

Immersive 4K video

Featuring a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display, the Xperia 1 III makes it easy to watch your favourite films or TV shows on the CinemaWideTM display without interruption. 

BRAVIA HDR remaster technology provides more colour, contrast and clarity while the Dolby Atmos® sound adds another dimension to your viewing experience whether you're using headphones or the in-built full-stage stereo speakers.

Battery life

The Sony Xperia 1 III claims to provide up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes with its 4.500mAh battery and standard charger and offers the option of wireless charging to conveniently give your battery a boost. Sony state that the battery on the Xperia 1 III will remain healthy, even after 3 years of use due to technology that stops it from over charging and monitors battery usage to make sure it's not overworked.


The Sony Xperia 1 III has an internal storage capacity of 256GB which can be expanded upon with the addition of a microSDXC memory card of up to 1TB, providing you with ample storage for your high-resolution images and videos.


The Sony Xperia 1 III is available in Purple or Black.


With next generation 5G, Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and the latest Qualcomm® Mobile Platform, the Sony Xperia 1 III allows you to download and stream high-resolution files at speed without compromising on quality. 

Smart connectivity technology means the Xperia 1 III can analyse Wi-Fi signals to predict connectivity issues and asses the quality of available Wi-Fi before connecting. If there are any problems the Xperia 1 III will use your mobile data instead. A handy way to make sure you're always using the best connection.


The Sony Xperia 1 III is available to purchase for an RRP of £1,199.00 or on contract from £41.00 per month.


The Sony Xperia 1 III has won numerous prestigious awards including the award for Best Multimedia Smartphone in the EISA Best Product Awards 2021-2022, a What Hi-Fi? 5 Star Award in July 2021, a Stuff 5 Star Award in July 2021 and the award for Best Photo Smartphone in the TIPA World Awards 2021.

Sony Xperia 1 III insurance

Purchasing a Sony Xperia 1 III is a big investment so it's worth thinking about what you would do should your device be lost or stolen. Could you afford to replace it? If not, you could consider taking out gadget insurance.

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