Sony Xperia 5 III Review
The Xperia 5 III was announced in April, and it’s finally with us, although you’ll need to wait a few more weeks to be able to get one yourself. This is the reality of chip supply amid the pandemic. While you’re expecting little Sony to hit the shelves, you’d be wise to sift through the following pages to get an idea of the things you’re doing right and which ones you’ll need to wait for the Mark 4 to tackle.
For the third year in a row, the smaller Xperia 5 is trying to keep up with the true flagship, the Xperia 1, in terms of hardware — not something you necessarily get from other manufacturers. Most importantly, the 5 Mark 3 gets the 1 Mark 3 camera system, including the dual focal length telephoto – on your Galaxy or iPhone, only the Ultra or Max get the ultimate cameras, while others make small units. Sure, the ToF unit didn’t work on the 5 III, but that’s not a loss we’d regret.
Most of the fields in the side-by-side spec comparison look similar as well, so let’s go over the few differences beyond the obvious size and weight. For example, the Xperia 5 III uses Gorilla Glass 6 to protect the screen, unlike the Victus 1 III. It’s also not a 4K display — the Xperia 1 is still an exclusive, but 1080p is big for the 6.1-inch diagonal, gets a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR support.
peria 5 III (left) next to the Xperia 1 III
If you must have 12GB of RAM, you’ll want to look at the Xperia 1 III because the 5 III only comes with 8GB, and storage options are 128GB and 256GB (256GB and 512GB in the larger model). Then comes the only fundamental difference that might hold some back – there’s no wireless charging on the Xperia 5 III, while the 1 III covers that.
The remaining specifications are the same between the two sizes of the high-end Xperias. This includes primary components like the top-notch Snapdragon 888 chipset and secondary things like stereo speakers, a headphone jack, and a microSD slot, as well as external display functionality. Somewhat unusually, the smaller phone has the same battery capacity.
A quick overview of the specifications of the Sony Xperia 5 III:
- Body: 157.0 x 68.0 x 8.2 mm, 168g; front glass (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame; IP65 / IP68 Dust / Water Resistant (up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes).
- Screen: 6.10 inch OLED, 1B colour, 120Hz, HDR BT.2020, 1080 x 2520 pixels resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 449 ppi.
- الرقاقة: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm): Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4×1.80 GHz Kryo 680) ؛ ادرينو 660.
- Memory: 128 GB RAM 8 GB, 256 GB RAM 8 GB; UFS 3.X; microSDXC (uses a shared SIM slot).
- Operating System/Software: Android 11.
- Rear camera: Wide (main) : 12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, 1/1.7″, 1.8µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS; Ultra Wide : 12 MP, f/2.2, 124°, 16mm , 1/2.6″, Dual Pixel PDAF; Telephoto : 12 MP, f/2.3, 70mm, f/2.8, 105mm, 1/2.9″, Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4.4x optical zoom, OIS.
- Front: camera 8 mega pixels , f / 2.0, 24 mm (width), 1/4 inch, 1.12 micrometer.
- Video Capture: Rear Camera : 4K @ 24/25/30/60/120fps HDR, 1080P @30/60/120/240fps; 5 gyro axes, OIS; Front camera : 1080p @ 30fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS.
- Battery: 4500 mAh. 30W fast charging, 50% in 30 minutes (advertised), USB power delivery.
- misc: fingerprint reader (side-mounted); NFC; 3.5mm jack support original Sony Alpha camera.
Sony Xperia 5 III unboxing
No surprises in presentation – the Xperia 5 III arrives in the typical plain white box that Sony has shipped for a few years. The contents aren’t exceptional either – other than the phone, we received a 30W USB PowerDelivery adapter (dubbed the Sony XQZ-UC1) and a USB-C cable to use. Just note that retail units may differ in terms of bundled accessories, and there may be regional variation on top of that.