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Sony Xperia 5 III Smartphone

MSRP 999 EURNEX score 68%

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Product Overview

The Xperia 5 III is a premium smartphone powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G chipset. Sharing much of the same features with the Xperia 1 III, the Xperia 5 III is more compact but suffers from few compromises.
Like the Xperia 1 III, it is a refinement of its predecessor, sharing with it the same design and camera setup:
On the display front, the Xperia 5 III finally embraces 120Hz refresh rate. The same 6.1-inch diagonal and FHD+ HDR OLED format are retained.
On the camera front, Sony upgrades the telephoto lens with optical zoom. As it has been the case with the Xperia 1 III, the main cameras in the Xperia 5 III are able to shoot at 20fps continuously with autofocus and auto exposure, including real-time tracking and real-time Eye AF. The smartphone is also capable of recording 4K videos at 120fps and FHD at 240fps. Naturally, the lenses wear the Zeiss brand and feature ZEISS T* coating for flare resistance.
On the audio front, audiophiles will be delighted to find the 3.5mm headphone jack still lives on.
In essence, the Xperia 5 III is the small Xperia 1 III with a smaller, lower-resolution display and without the depth camera. It comes with a smaller 8GB memory but is otherwise identical to its bigger brother.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sharp and detailed display
  • Good battery life
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Wide-angle camera
Cons
  • Telephoto camera is relatively weak

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 68% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Decent performance
  • Good cameras
  • Excellent camera module
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No IP rating
  • Mediocre selfie camera
  • No 5G mmWave support
  • No wireless charging
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5mm audio jack, USB-C 3.1
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
4500 mAh
Camera | Front
8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm
Camera | Rear | Telephoto
12 MP, f/2.3 @ 70mm / f/2.8 @ 105mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 3x/4.4x optical zoom, OIS
Camera | Rear | Ultra-Wide
12 MP, f/2.2, 124˚, 16mm, Dual Pixel PDAF
Camera | Rear | Wide
12 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
Colors
Black, Green, Pink
Material
Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame

Dimensions

Bezels
81.4% screen-to-body ratio
Size | Depth
8.2 mm / 0.32 inch
Size | Height
157 mm / 6.18 inch
Size | Width
68 mm / 2.68 inch
Weight
168 g / 5.93 oz

Display

Aspect Ratio
21:9
Display Color Depth
10-bit (1B colors)
Display Diagonal
6.1 inch
Display Type
OLED
Pixel Density
449 ppi
Refresh Rate
120Hz @ FHD / 60Hz @ 4K
Resolution
2520 x 1080

Function

Chipset
Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G (5 nm)
Fast Charging
30W, 50% in 30 min
GPS
A-GPS, A-Glonass, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS
Graphics
Adreno 660
Operating System
Android 11
Processor
Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 680 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 680 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 680)
Sensor
Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, color spectrum
SIM
2x nano 5G
Touch Screen
240Hz touch sampling rate
Video Recording | Front
FHD 30fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS
Video Recording | Rear
4K 120fps / FHD 240fps, 5-axis gyro-EIS, OIS
Weather Resistance
IP65 / IP68 dust/water resistant
Wireless Charging
Yes

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 GB
Storage
128 or 256 GB UFS 3 + microSD

Production

Availability
2021 Summer
Debut
2021-04-14

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score 47%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following***:
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Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent display and multi-media features
  • Excellent battery life
  • Decent performance
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Mediocre selfie camera
  • No 5G mmWave support

gsmarena[2]

Sentiment Score 61%
Reviewers from gsmarena have found the following***:
The Xperia 5 III is a rather peculiar offering that requires some careful framing for us to pinpoint its correct competitors. Samsung's smallest from the top shelf, the Galaxy S21 5G can be had for a lot less than the $1000/€1000/£900 that Sony is asking. The Xperia, meanwhile, has more zoom on its rear cameras and longer battery life, plus old-school goodies like a headphone jack and a memory card slot.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • More zoom than the Xperia 1 III
  • Better battery life than the 5 III
  • Fingerprint sensor
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No headphone jack or microSD slot

nextpit[3]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from nextpit have found the following***:
The Sony Xperia 5 III's wide-angle main lens is based on a Sony IMX 557 sensor with a size of 1/1.7 inches. The zoom on two different focal lengths proved to be quite effective and versatile. I wish Sony would have included a larger main lens with a larger sensor to achieve a better level of detail.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Very good battery life
  • Excellent camera module
  • Fast charging
Cons
  • Mediocre camera performance
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP rating

notebookcheck[4]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The Xperia 5 III offers a 6.1-nch CinemaWide FHD+ OLED display with a 120-Hz refresh rate and HDR certification. The high-end Snapdragon 888 chip set used is based on the Kryo 680 CPU unit. Despite a relatively high consumption in idle mode, the Sony smartphone delivers a solid battery life.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Bright 120-Hz OLED panel
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi
Cons
  • Very warm case
  • Mediocre camera performance

techradar[5]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The Sony Xperia 5 III runs on the same Snapdragon 888 chipset that powers the Sony Xperia 1 III. There isn't another stock camera app that places more high-grade photographic variables at your fingertips. The 8MP front camera isn't the best we've seen, tending to smooth out skin and overexpose highlights.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Superb performance
  • Good battery life
  • Good cameras
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • No microSD card slot

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score 80%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The Xperia 5 III is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chip seen in most of 2021’s Android flagships. Paired with 8GB RAM this makes it a powerhouse device. The device blitzed through basic picture editing in Photoshop Express, opened applications in milliseconds and ran demanding games, like PUBG with its graphics maxed with zero issue. The only minor problem is that the device's back did on occasion get noticeably hot to the touch.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful 120Hz display
  • Good battery life
  • Decent cameras
Cons
  • Mediocre cameras
  • No wireless charging

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III review: Small yet sumptuous. [androidauthority]. https://www.androidauthority.com/sony-xperia-5-iii-review-3027091/. 2021-10-07. Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III review. [gsmarena]. https://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_5_iii-review-2294p7.php. 2021-08-03. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
3. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III review: Expensive purchase that only fans will buy. [nextpit]. https://www.nextpit.com/sony-xperia-5-iii-review. 2021-09-06. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III review - A top compact and light smartphone with variable focus. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/Sony-Xperia-5-III-review-A-top-compact-and-light-smartphone-with-variable-focus.568584.0.html. 2021-10-02. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
5. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-iii. 2021-08-20. Retrieved 2021-08-23.
6. ^ Sony Xperia 5 III Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/sony-xperia-5-iii. Retrieved 2021-11-08.

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