Sony Xperia 1 III vs Xperia 1 II and 5 III vs 5 II: The 3 main differences

    Sony has introduced the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III as successors to the Xperia 1 II and 5 II. In what ways do the devices differ from their predecessors? In this comparison, you can read the three main differences, also between the Xperia 5 phones.

    Sony Xperia 1 III vs Xperia 1 II: A comparison

    Sony presented the Xperia 1 III on Xperia 5 III officially in mid-April and the sale will start ‘early this summer'. It is not yet known how expensive the devices are, so we cannot compare them with the Xperia 1 II on Xperia 5 II.

    The specifications make three other interesting differences clear. In this Sony Xperia 1 III vs Xperia 1 II comparison, we list those differences. And because the Xperia 1 III much like the Xperia 5 III, we also include the 5 series.

    1. Better (zoom) camera

    The main improvement of the Xperia Mark III series is the cameras. Just like the Mark II series, the devices have three 12 megapixel cameras on the back for regular pictures, wide wide-angle images and zoomed-in snapshots. The technical aspects of the camera lenses have changed, which should improve the zoom quality in particular.

    Instead of a usual telephoto lens for a few times zoom without loss of quality, the Xperia 1 III and 5 III use a periscope camera. It is in a number of expensive smartphones, but not in the previous Xperia devices. A first for the Xperia Mark III series, the periscope camera itself can switch between three and five times optical zoom. Other smartphones cannot do this and require two zoom cameras. An example of this is the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

    The Xperia 1 III and 5 III must therefore shoot better zoomed pictures than their predecessors. They can also bring the image closer: up to twelve times. This is done through a combination of optical and digital zoom. The quality then deteriorates more.

    The Xperia 1 III also has a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor to measure more accurately the distance to a person or object. You will also find that ToF sensor in its predecessor, but not in the Xperia 5 series.

    2. Larger batteries charge faster

    A welcome improvement is the larger batteries in the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Both devices have a 4500 mAh battery. In the Mark II series, you will find 4000 mAh batteries. Thanks to the larger batteries, the new smartphones have to last longer.

    It is also nice that Sony includes more powerful chargers so that the latest devices charge faster. The box of the Xperia 1 III and 5 III contains a 30 Watt charger. With the previous generation, you only get an 18 Watt plug. In any case, it is nice that Sony includes an adapter, because with the iPhone 12 series and Samsung Galaxy S21series, it has been omitted for environmental reasons.

    Wireless charging has not changed. The Xperia 1 III supports this, just like its predecessor. The Xperia 5 III lacks the feature, just like its predecessor.

    3. More powerful hardware

    Sony Xperia 5 III

    Of course, Sony has also improved the hardware of the new Xperia 1 and 5 on other points. For example, the smartphones run on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, which is a bit faster and more energy-efficient than the Snapdragon 865 chip in the Xperia 1 II and 5 II.

    The Xperia 1 III also has 12GB of RAM, compared to 8GB in its predecessor. Thanks to the larger RAM, the smartphone can keep more apps and games active in the background and thus multitask faster. The Xperia 5 III still contains 8GB.

    Sony supplies the Xperia 5 III with 128 or 256GB of memory and puts 256GB in the Xperia 1 III. This is identical to the previous series.

    More about Sony Xperia devices

    Sony will launch the Xperia 1 III and 5 III at the beginning of this summer in the Netherlands for still unknown suggested retail prices. It will therefore take a while before you can buy the devices. If you don't want to wait, the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II are worth considering. A loose Xperia 1 II costs less than 900 euros and for the You pay the Xperia 5 II separately about 650 euros. Of course, you can also purchase both devices in combination with a subscription.


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