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Xperia 1 III

Speed and beyond

The Xperia 1 III combines its predecessor's remarkable AF speed with new optics reaching up to 105mm. Together with the astonishing 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display, and exceptional audio and gaming, this is a smartphone that goes above and beyond your expectations.


Xperia 1 III | 6.5” 21:9 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Display

Xperia 1 III
Front and rear view of Xperia 1 III in frosted black


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The Xperia 1 III is clearly a Sony team effort. It draws upon the expertise of the engineers from the Sony α cameras and Sony Digital Cinema Camera teams to create a remarkable smartphone.

Experience breathtaking speed in everything you do

Speed is at the very heart of the Xperia 1 III experience – from the immersive 4K HDR OLED display with its rapid 120Hz Refresh rate to the triple lens camera which features fast AF even when shooting extended telephoto. 

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Professional technology from Alpha cameras
Person gaming on Xperia 1 III with a headset on
A wider view. Advantage you.
Man in the studio listening to music on an Xperia 1 III with headphones
3.5mm audio jack for ultimate sound quality
Person looking at the Xperia 1 III in their room
Immerse yourself in a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display
Man filming outside with a movie camera
Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta" – 21:9 movie recording
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All the speed you need
For photographers
Professional technology from Alpha cameras

The Xperia 1 III was co-developed with the engineers behind the latest Alpha 9 series cameras, renowned for their industry-leading autofocus technology, and with input from professional photographers, who helped tune the technology and refine the photographic experience and results. Key features include fast AF in all three cameras, plus Real-time Tracking technology for accurate shots of moving subjects.

Outstanding ZEISS quality in your Xperia

ZEISS optics calibrated specifically for your Xperia smartphone. The ZEISS T* coating contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections.

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Four versatile lens options to unleash your creativity

Expand your creative possibilities with four versatile lenses in a triple camera and fast, accurate AF across all cameras. Thanks to Dual PDAF sensors, Continuous AF keeps focus on moving subjects, while Sony's unique telephoto system supports fast AF even at extended focal lengths.

Lightning fast focus, even at long range

An optical telephoto lens up to 105mm with fast AF lets you capture moving subjects even at distance. Crucially, the two focal lengths are included in one telephoto module, complete with Dual PDAF sensors. So when you switch between 70mm and 105mm, the focal lens unit and the AF lens unit work in unison to focus fast.

A wealth of creative opportunities 

With four versatile lens options, the Xperia 1 III puts a huge variety of shots within your reach.

Real-time Tracking keeps fast-moving subjects in focus

Now you can keep the most challenging moving subjects in precise focus. Using AI and a 3D iToF sensor to measure distance, Real-time Tracking can accurately detect and focus on a subject, then keep on tracking it even if it temporarily moves out of sight. To specify your subject, simply touch it on the Xperia 1 III display.

Capture unmissable moments

Combining quickfire 20fps burst shooting with 60fps continuous AF/AE calculation, the Xperia 1 III lets you capture images you woudn't think were possible with a smartphone.

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Burst shooting with less image noise

Using continuous shooting in a low light situation? Thanks to BIONZ X™ for mobile engine, the Xperia 1 III produces images with less noise than its predecessor when using burst mode in low light.

Experience Real-time Eye AF - for humans and animals

Real-time Eye AF lets you take stunning portraits, whether you're photographing people or animals. Even if your subject is on the move or one eye is covered, you'll capture memorable images full of energy and expression.

Photos with less noise in dark scenes

 The Xperia 1 III has been designed to deliver great quality images even in low light situations.

Fast AF with 3D iToF sensor 

The Xperia 1 III features a 12MP sensor, which offers reading speeds up to 3x faster than smartphone cameras with higher megapixel counts, and a 3D iToF sensor, which instantly calculates the distance between the camera and your subject. The result is fast, accurate autofocus in any scene.

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Discover Photography Pro – inspired by Alpha

With Photography Pro on the Xperia 1 III you'll find controls usually found on professional cameras. Using an interface inspired by Alpha cameras, you can choose manual controls or automatic settings and shoot in RAW. You can also enjoy new Basic mode for effortless shooting.

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Dedicated shutter button

Just like a professional camera, the Xperia 1 III has a dedicated ergonomic shutter button, with an embossed finish for enhanced usability.

Digital zoom with uncompromising image quality

Unlike conventional digital zoom, which compromises image quality, the Xperia 1 III features new AI super resolution zoom, which uses Sony's AI processing to restore detail and definition to your pictures.

White dog, blurry with standard digital zoom
White dog clear with AI super resolution zoom
White dog outside with blurred background
Create bokeh effects with basic mode

The Xperia 1 III makes it easy to capture striking images with artistic bokeh effects, adding another layer of creativity to your photography.

Capture smooth, stable video

The Xperia 1 III features the very latest Optical SteadyShot™ with FlawlessEye™, which couples the image sensor's increased reading speed with Sony's original algorithm for optical image stabilisation. The result is supremely smooth, shake-free video footage.

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Discover even more photography features

To further enhance your photographic experience, you can use the Xperia 1 III remotely with your Alpha camera and as a professional-grade display.

For cinephiles
Immerse yourself in a 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display

Boasting a stunning 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display, the Xperia 1 III offers a uniquely immersive viewing experience. And with no notches to interrupt your view on the 6.5" 21:9 CinemaWide™ display, losing yourself in your favourite movies or TV shows has never been easier.

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Professional level colour reproduction 

Experience unprecedented colour accuracy with Creator mode "powered by CineAlta". Now featuring a specially calibrated D65 white point, it references the colour reproduction of Sony professional colour monitors used in leading Hollywood studio productions. So you can enjoy your favourite entertainment exactly as its creators intended.

Enjoy content as the creators intended

Now you can pre-set Creator mode "powered by CineAlta" as a default for your favourite content viewing apps. So you can enjoy your favourite TV shows and movies with colours reproduced exactly as the creators intended.

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Smoother colours on screen

The Xperia 1 III features a 10 bit equivalent display (8 bit with 2 bit smoothing) that can display a wide range of colours without banding.

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Professional-grade display

With a high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, the Xperia 1 III can present deeper levels of black, while colours appear more natural. The D65 white point has been specially calibrated for higher accuracy and the display also supports professional level reproduction standards, with wide colour space ITU-R BT.2020, as well as DCI-P3 with Illuminant D65.

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Everything you watch, remastered to perfection

The X1™ for mobile engine brings BRAVIA HDR remaster technology to everything you watch. Even streaming content will have more contrast, colour and clarity.

Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment

Watching a movie with Dolby Atmos® is an immersive experience, with multi-dimensional sound flowing above and around you. Now you can experience Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment with headphones or the Full-stage stereo speakers.

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Ultra smooth scrolling 

Thanks to its 120Hz Refresh rate, the display offers incredibly smooth scrolling and seamless image transitions when you're browsing the internet or navigating the menu.

For mobile gamers
A wider view. Advantage you.

With its 21:9 CinemaWide™ display , the Xperia 1 III gives you a much wider view of the action – a major advantage in those close-fought contests.  

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Fluid motion with 120Hz

On the native 120Hz Refresh rate display, fast-moving objects are rendered clearly for seriously smooth gameplay.

Experience blur-free action

With 240Hz Motion blur reduction the display updates the image an incredible 240 times per second for blur-free action.

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Gaming image with customised white balance settings
Maintain peak performance with custom display settings

The Xperia 1 III lets you adjust white balance, so you can see the action more clearly and spot your opponents more easily. It's more comfortable for your eyes too so you can play for longer without feeling the strain.

Strike first in the dark

An invaluable new gaming feature, L-γ raiser (Low gamma raiser) makes it easier to see your opponents in the dark. By enhancing image details in dark areas, it highlights your enemies without overexposing bright areas of the screen. So you can hit them before they hit you.

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Improve gameplay with custom audio settings

Audio is another important element for immersive gaming, so the Xperia 1 III offers a number of features to make it as clear and defined as possible.

Accuracy is everything

For those games where you need exceptional accuracy combined with fast fingers, the Xperia 1 III gives you the edge.

Get in the zone

Determined to climb that leaderboard? The Xperia 1 III has a range of features to help make sure you're fully focused and ready to perform.

Record and share your gameplay

The Xperia 1 III makes it incredibly simple to record and share your gaming highlights in high quality.

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Overheating prevention

When using a charging cable for gaming, Heat Suppression power control powers the phone systems directly rather than charging the battery. This reduces thermal stress, helping to maintain gaming performance and keep your battery healthy for longer.

[A] OFF = high temperature [B] ON = low temperature

Optimised performance for gaming

The Xperia 1 III is optimised with Qualcomm® Snapdragon Elite Gaming™ for superior gaming performance.

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Take control with a DUALSHOCK®4 controller

For even more fun on-the-go, you can connect your Xperia 1 III with a DUALSHOCK®4 controller and play a range of Android games.

For audiophiles
Hear music as it was meant to be heard

With audio tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment, the Xperia 1 III has been engineered to deliver a truly authentic listening experience, whether you're using headphones or the built-in Full-stage stereo speakers. 

3.5mm audio jack for ultimate sound quality

Thanks to improvements to materials and electronic components, the 3.5mm audio jack on the Xperia 1 III not only offers convenience but also delivers high fidelity sound quality. Distortion is reduced, especially between mid and max volume, and that brings more realistic sound – with clear ensembles, smooth vocals, and deep basslines.

3.5mm cable being plugged into Xperia 1 III in front of a mixing desk
Man listening to music with wired headphones on
Experience 360 Reality Audio – like you're there with the artist

Immerse yourself in sound all around you, as real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real. And with the Xperia 1 III, you can enjoy the experience through wired or wireless headphones or the built-in Full-stage stereo speakers.

Turn your stereo music into immersive 360 Spatial Sound

If the music source you’re listening to is 2-channel stereo, then new 360 Spatial Sound comes into play. It enables the Xperia 1 III to upmix your favourite stereo tracks into an immersive sound experience, in real time. The technology works with local audio files and streaming services to further enhance your listening experience. 

Illustration showing the effect of 360 spatial sound vs stereo sound
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Upgrade your experience with personalisation

With selected Sony headphones and the Sony | Headphones Connect app, you can enjoy a custom immersive musical field by analysing your individual ear shape using the camera on your Xperia.

Enhanced speakers for superior listening

Improved speaker design is a key element of the outstanding Xperia 1 III listening experience.

For cinematographers
Man using an Xperia 1 III to film outdoors
Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta" – 21:9 movie recording

Record movies with similar parameters and colour settings to the professionals. Expertise from our Digital Cinema Camera engineers, Look colour management pre-sets, 21:9 ratio, 4K HDR, 120fps slow-motion, and 24, 25, 30 and 60fps give you all the tools you need. 

Realise your vision with cinematic colour settings

Eight different colour settings let you bring the mood of different cinema styles to your videos. These include VENICE CS, inspired by our professional camera CineAlta VENICE, which features smooth colour gradation and a softer, lower contrast curve for a classic cinematic look that's perfect for drama productions.

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Four versatile lenses give you more creative options

With its four versatile lens options up to 105mm, you can expand your repertoire of shots and take your cinematography to the next level.

Shoot stunning slow-motion in 4K HDR 120fps

Capture high-quality slow-motion footage in 4K HDR 120fps to create dramatic and expressive moments.

Xperia 1 III being used to film a woman outdoors in slow-motion in 4K HDR 120fps
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Record clear sound, free from wind noise

The Xperia 1 III includes our industry-leading audio separation technology for highly-effective wind filtering.

Intelligent wind filter [1] OFF [2] ON.

Streamlining the filmmaking process

The Xperia 1 III features a range of UI improvements designed specifically with movie makers in mind.

For performance
All the speed you need

Combining 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity with the latest Qualcomm® Mobile Platform and innovative battery technologies, the Xperia 1 III raises the bar for smartphone performance. 

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Next generation 5G connectivity

For uncompromised high-quality downloads and streaming of even high resolution files, the Xperia 1 III can deliver a super-fast 5G connection.

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Wi-Fi 6

With Wi-Fi 6 you get a better connection - with higher speed, lower latency and improved connectivity management when multiple devices are on the same network.

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Smart connectivity

Smart connectivity takes Xperia’s deep learning technology that utilises Sony's Neural Network Libraries and analyses Wi-Fi signals to predict near-future connectivity issues. The Xperia 1 III assesses the quality of available Wi-Fi before connecting so there's no more grabbing Wi-Fi that doesn't work. If it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection quality, it uses your mobile data instead. With Xperia, you’re always on the best connection available.

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Experience the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform

The Xperia 1 III is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform to deliver the premium experiences you deserve. Make the most of the Xperia 1 III as a professional-quality camera, intelligent personal assistant, and elite gaming rig – all connected with truly global 5G multi-gigabit speeds.

A battery you can rely on

With a 4.500mAh battery on board, the Xperia 1 III offers plenty of power to keep you going through the day while a range of charging features helps maximise convenience and prolong battery life. 

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Up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes

When you need to give your battery a boost, you can fast charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes with the included charger XQZ-UC1.

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A healthy battery, even after 3 years of use

Our charging technologies keep your battery healthy for longer. Battery care keeps your phone from overcharging, while Xperia Adaptive Charging monitors your phone as it charges, to make sure the battery isn't overworked.

1. Battery capacity
2. Battery lifespan
3. Normal charging

Wireless charging and Battery share function for maximum convenience

Just put the Xperia 1 III on a wireless charger to conveniently top up the battery. Thanks to the Battery share function, the Xperia 1 III can double as a charging pad for other devices too.

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A unique look and feel

The Xperia 1 III combines tactile, high-quality materials with bold, distinctive design. From the frosted glass on the back to the blasted metal frame, it's an irresistible blend of form and function. 

A statement in style 

The Xperia 1 III is available in a choice of colours to suit your taste.

Water and dust resistant 

For your peace of mind, the Xperia 1 III features IP65/68 water resistance and protection against dust.

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Built to last

The Xperia 1 III display uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™, the toughest Gorilla® Glass yet – with improvement in both drop and scratch performance.

Multi-tasking made easy

With a range of handy multi-window features the Xperia 1 III is tailor-made for multi-tasking. 

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Easy content transfer from your old iPhone or Android device

The Xperia Transfer 2 app lets you transfer the content that matters from your old Android or iOS smartphone to your new Xperia 1 III. From photos, videos and music to your contacts, calendar, call history, and messages (SMS/MMS) – transfer them quickly, safely and easily.

Xperia Transfer 2 app to be discontinued

The Xperia Transfer 2 app will be discontinued on June 30th, 2023. However, using Android OS functions you can still easily transfer data from older models when setting up your new Xperia product. Before transferring data, we recommend that you update the Android OS of the device that’s receiving data to the latest version.

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Accessibility for Xperia

Our smartphones include visual, hearing and action assist technology.

All on-screen images are for illustrative purposes only.

5G network and availability may vary depending on country, carrier, software version and user environment.

Lens expression is equivalent to 35mm focal length.

Actual product features, specifications, applications, services, network availability, colours and sizes may vary. Features and specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

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Lens expression is equivalent to 35mm focal length.

Specifications & Features

Featuring an advanced triple lens camera developed by our Alpha engineers, the Xperia 1 III lets you capture faster and further than ever, while its cutting-edge display, audio and gaming technologies deliver entertainment at its most immersive.
  • An optical telephoto lens up to 105mm

  • Real-time Tracking

  • Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals

  • 6.5” 21:9 CinemaWide™ 4K HDR OLED 120Hz Refresh rate display

  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 Mobile Platform

165 x 71 x 8.2 mm
186 g
Water resistant (IPX5/IPX8), Dust proof (IP6X)
Dual SIM hybrid
4500 mAh
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