In fact, if it wasnt for the gentle matte finish on this new phone youd probably say it was the mark ii from last year. It has a similarly placed camera unit and the same elongated unusually ratio screen, but sony has upgraded the screen as well as those cameras, including some new telephoto technology. The latter there is indicative of this being another phone. Sony is pitching a very specific kind of smartphone shopper, which may or may not be you at 1 300. The xperia one mark iii is a very expensive phone thats, several hundred dollars more than the iphone 13 pro max, and only a few hundred dollars shy of samsungs galaxy zed fold, three, which in case you forgot, still costs around one thousand hundred 800. But if you like, the potential of unrivaled, smartphone, camera control or just really like the aesthetic of sony phones theres an awful lot here to like im, not sure whether its the similarities of the sonys camera series or just how sleek and understated this phone is. But i really like how it looks sure a black oblong is far from exotic, but at least its a little bit different to all the other black oblongs out there and thats, despite or thanks to the unusual screen ratio which is 21 to 9. That makes it a little bit more widescreen than the phones youre probably used to, and this almost matte finish to it really speaks to the premium that sony is demanding for this device and yeah.

It does pick up fingerprints now. The mark iii is the worlds. First. 4K 120 hertz screened phone. The xperia 1 series has all come with 4k displays, but this is the first time its amped up that hurts rating matching. What weve seen in the latest iphones as well as devices from samsung, but before we get to that side. Note this isnt! Actually a 4k screen, as you might know, it now im splitting hairs here, but its 1644 by 3840. Not quite the 4k, like your tv would show that would be 2160 by 3840, but particularly everything on the screen looks crisp and just yet really precise lots of just fine detail in everything youre going to look at on this phone and now because it has a 1 200 hertz display everything moves like a dream too. The 6.5 inch oled xperia, 1 mark ii, speaks to sonys obsession with displays, and so you kind of expect it to match the best from samsung and apple. To do so. However, you have to switch on 120 hertz its actually a setting that you will have to switch on yourself and it will stay there, unlike the recent phones from samsung and apple, which actually dynamically adjust those refresh rates to save battery and use it when youre not Going to see the benefit, sonys phone sticks to 120 hertz, regardless of what youre doing and that will obviously take its toll on the battery life. The new xperia has front facing stereo speakers, which sound pretty good and, as you might expect, from sony its compatible with all of the latest music formats, whether thats, high res or 360 degree reality audio, which is obviously made by sony anyway.

Of course, youll actually have to figure out for yourself whether you have the music files or how to get the music files to play on this phone and its worth. Noting that the xperia one mark iii does have a headphone jack, which im sure at least one of you watching is happy to see the phone isnt short on buttons, either theres a volume rocker, a fingerprint reader, built into the power button, a dedicated camera to stage Button and oddly enough, another button for google assistant. Yes, for some reason, sony decided to add yet another button on the right edge to make it a little bit confusing to use at least when you first get the device you can use it to summon google assistant, which is fine. Although i could just use my voice and unfortunately, you cant switch it to launch any other dedicated apps, which is a bit of a miss thats, just a software tweak that sony could make quite easily, even now, a couple of weeks later, im still kind of fumbling. The buttons sometimes and choosing the wrong one, i think four buttons is maybe a little too many in 2022. I might love how the mark 3 looks, but that tall screen might be a stretch for smaller hands. Well, its a stretch from my hands and i think at the top half of the screen. I do struggle to reach to one handed and i often have to use two hands to reach drop down menus and notifications.

That said, i do like how not quite so wide it is compared to competing phones. The phone does slide easily into my pocket, which i cant say for the biggest iphones or the biggest phones from samsung and the like other important specs. Well, the xperia one mark iii does run a snapdragon 880, which is the most powerful chip from qualcomm alongside 12 gigs of ram and 256 gigs of storage. Bear in mind, though you, if youre recording 4k, you might want to keep an eye on capacity. Its also a little bit more 5g friendly than its predecessors in the us. This phone will work on verizon and t mobile 5g bands. However, if youre looking for millimeter wave support and a tnt 5g support, you might have to look elsewhere. Sony has also increased the battery capacity on the mark iii up to 4500 milliamps thats, a good 500 more than the mark ii and its probably well needed, given that the screen can hit 120 hertz. Despite that, the mark 3 during my use, struggled to me a full day of use by late afternoon. It was often gasping to be plugged in and recharged. When i toggled the screen down to 60 hertz, i did get around a day and a half of use, which is pretty much par for the course for a flagship smartphone in 2021.. The battery is big, yes, but so is the screen. Sony has been making smartphone camera sensors for other smartphone makers for years.

However, thats never quite translated to killer smartphone cameras on its own devices until now. So if the xperia one mark ii is certainly getting serious about smartphone cameras, the mark iii well, its getting serious business driven and laser focused all at the same time yeah. This is another upgrade from sony. Just like the unusual screen ratio, sony is taking its own approach and that features three separate 12 megapixel camera sensors. The most interesting sensor might be the telephoto one which can switch between 70 and 105 millimeter focal lengths sony claims. This setup actually helps the camera to focus quicker and that bears out in my testing as well, although at the maximum, which is about 4.4 times optical zoom, you were getting fuzzier edges and a lot of the detail was kind of getting lost at that distance. Borrowing from its series of cameras, sony also added dual phase: auto detection focus pixels. This means that the camera should be better at both locking onto a subject and tracking it, and that bears out in practice. As long as you have enough light pair that with 20 frames per second shooting – and you have even more opportunities to nail the perfect shot, not only that, but you can tap to focus on the screen and the phone will track it pretty much like one of Sonys rx cameras its very impressive to see in real life. It very much feels like im using an rx100 but no im just using a sony phone, as you can tell compared to the iphones and the pixels and the galaxy s.

Phones, sonys taking a very different approach, its not really going heavy on the computational post processing photos, although the ai will help focus pictures when youre using digital zoom sonys, more technical camera, focused approach seems to be more aimed at helping you nail that shot and less About post production image manipulation now, while testing the phone, i mostly leaned on the auto mode, the kind of simplified camera app, which is very similar to any other smartphone you might see, but like the xperia ones before it, the mark iii comes with a photography pro App as well, enabling you to pretty much meddle with everything you want to when it comes to the camera, whether thats iso white balance, uh, shooting speed. Everything is all in here, but its all quite detailed and complicated, and i must confess im not the best photographer out there and when using the pro app. There is certainly a learning curve to getting the best photos out of the xperia one mark iii ill confess. I can probably take better photos with other smartphones, but that might be partially due to my lack of skill and less about the xperia one park. Three, i kept forgetting that it isnt a sony camera and i was scrambling to find an aperture priority mode to you know, lower down the f, stop and get those creamy bokeh effects in the background, but this isnt a camera. This is a smartphone, and so there isnt really an aperture here for you to play with.

Having said that, the xperia 1 mark iii does help you out its fantastic at tracking faces and whether thats pets, kids or grown ups. It really helps the camera to kind of lock onto your subject and give you a better chance of nailing that shot. However, if youre using the telephoto lens, i found that the camera did want to hop between the four and the background a little too often, and that was pretty frustrating id have to keep tapping on the screen. To make sure my subject was in focus and the usual curses of smartphone photography dont escape sony as soon as youre in lower light settings. All the skills in the world arent going to work, unfortunately, that autofocus detection, just doesnt work quite as well and theres, not an easy to access night shooting mode either, which is just kind of odd for a phone. These days, video captured by the mark iii was a pleasant surprise, but maybe i shouldnt be surprised. I mean im recording this on a sunny camera right now, whether it was 4k or 1080p. All the videos came out very nicely. I took the phone with me during a trip to amsterdam and recorded both video in daylight and night time, the lack of rolling shutter on a moving tram and the accurate lighting. As i recorded dark streets. Both impressed me the footage, wasnt, overly noisy or blurry, either, which is something you often get with smartphone cameras when theyre trying to accommodate a lack of light.

If i could use one word to describe the xperia one mark iii, when it comes to video its consistency, if youre looking for finer control with video sonys cinema, pro app returns again offering equivalent pro controls, but for video you can select shooting modes like 10 bit. Color or high frame rate capture, while toying with sonys homemade filters and even manual focus youll need to come to cinema pro, with at least a passing understanding of what all those things do, however, again not to sound too stupid. But i found it all a little bit too complicated, but at least the mark iii offers enough screen space to tap between settings and adjust everything. Oh and a quick note on the front facing camera, the selfie camera its terrible, really really bad thats. All i want to say i dont even really want to show the photo. I took because its kind of a surprising miss for a sony camera aside from the camera app sony plays it relatively safe when it comes to adjusting android theres a news app that youll. Never ever open there are some tricks. You wont find on other cameras, though, including the ability to use the mark iii as an external display. Sony hopes with its own alpha camera series and lets be honest. A 120hz 6.5 inch, 4k oled is probably going to be better than whatever display you have on your camera. Like other recent experiences, sony has also simplified connecting a dual shock: 4 controller to the phone.

However, oddly enough, you cant connect the playstation 5s dual sense controller. At least not yet so the xperia one mark iii, probably isnt for everyone, but for devoted smartphone camera fans, not to mention sony fans like myself, ive got to admit its intriguing. I cant say unequivocally: this is the best smartphone camera ever, but it does things in its own way. Does anyone need a 4k phone? Probably not, but at least sony goes to the effort of adding features like the external display to kind of offer. A more compelling reason to step up that resolution, borrowing that atrocious selfie camera the xperia one mark iii, also doesnt, really put a foot wrong performance is good, the cameras are decent, the screen looks incredibly gorgeous and if you have the patience and the skill, i think The mark 3 can take some incredibly beautiful photos. I just think i might be lacking for a lot of people, however, letting apple, google or samsungs software take some of the slack for delivering the best pictures will be a better fit, no matter how technically impressive sonys proposition is for more sample shots, make sure to Check out the full review over at engadget.