The Xperia 5 III is right here. Sony’s third-gen premium mid-ranger has launched alongside the flagship Xperia 1 III at an occasion in Japan, nevertheless it shares many key specs with its costlier sibling. The system has been pitched as a compact model of that telephone, providing a conveyable, pocketable model with out sacrificing on energy.
Nevertheless, whereas the telephone formally launched on 14 April, we nonetheless haven’t got particular launch date data for any of the brand new Xperia telephones. Here is every little thing it’s good to know concerning the Xperia 5 III.
Sony Xperia 5 III launch date
The Xperia 5 III was formally unveiled at Sony’s official occasion on 14 April 2021, alongside the high-end Xperia 1 III and extra reasonably priced Xperia 10 III. Here is methods to watch again the occasion when you missed it.
All three gadgets are set to be out there from ‘early Summer time 2021‘, however a extra particular launch date is not but identified.
It is a shock to see the Xperia 5 III so early within the yr, given Sony’s tendency to launch the telephone after the Xperia 1 line has already made it to market. For context, the Xperia 5 II was launched in October 2020.
Sony Xperia 5 III pricing
Apparently, Sony selected to not reveal pricing for the Xperia 5 III on the official launch occasion. Due to this fact, our greatest guess nonetheless comes from how a lot you possibly can anticipate to pay for the earlier two generations at launch. The unique Xperia 5 began at £699, earlier than the second-gen mannequin elevated that to £799. We would be stunned to see Sony drop the worth of the Xperia 5 III, though there could also be one other hike contemplating the transfer a 120Hz show.
We’ll replace this part as soon as official pricing is revealed.
Sony Xperia 5 III specs and options
Sony’s Xperia 5 III is pitched as a compact model of the flagship Xperia 1 III, so it has fairly a couple of options in widespread. Arguably probably the most important is the transfer to Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset, which brings 5G help with it. The Xperia 5 II already had 5G, nevertheless it’s nice to see the flagship make its strategy to the extra reasonably priced mannequin.
The opposite key improve comes with the show, which now comes with a 120Hz refresh fee. It is solely Full HD somewhat than 4K on the Xperia 1 II, nevertheless it looks like a clever trade-off on this smaller 6.1in OLED show. Sony has caught with the tall, slim 21:9 side ratio from final yr’s telephone, in addition to 240Hz contact sampling for a quick response time.
There’s additionally lots in widespread almost about the cameras – each have triple rear setups, consisting of a 12Mp essential snapper supported by 8Mp ultrawide and 8Mp periscopic lens. Sony has ditched the telephoto digital camera seen on earlier fashions, and the one factor you are not getting on the Xperia 5 III is the 3D iTOF (time of flight) sensor. Which means you may need to be content material with steady autofocus somewhat than real-time, nevertheless it stays to be seen how a lot of an impact it’s going to have.
Each telephones additionally cannot be separated in the case of battery capability, with a 4500mAh cell bigger than we have seen on current Xperia telephones. Sony additionally advertises the lengthy lifespan of the battery, which it says is able to sustaining nice efficiency for as much as three years. There’s nonetheless no wi-fi charging, however the 30W adapter within the field comes with claims of 50% capability in 30 minutes.
Alongside the USB-C port you may want for that, there’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sony is likely one of the final remaining producers to supply this on a high-end handset, so it is price drawing consideration to.
When it comes to color choices, the inexperienced featured in official imagery will likely be joined in Europe by black and pink fashions.
We’ll replace this text as quickly as we all know extra concerning the Xperia 5 III. Within the meantime, take a look at our guides to the very best Sony telephones and finest telephones total to see what it’s going to be up towards.