Sony Xperia 1 III goes on pre-order in the US with a free pair of WF-1000XM3 earbuds

02 July 2021
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It may not give you the best camera picture quality. Still, it will give you a more refined experience if you are a photographer to the various controls you normally do not have in the regular android experience.

Anonymous, 03 Jul 2021Realme had more sales because it's been given away for... moreWhich carrier stores are offering Realme for free? Do let me know, I want to get one for my servant.

Anonymous, 02 Jul 2021Better than your realme Don't have a Realme, but nice assumption.

Anonymous, 04 Jul 2021Sticking feathers up your b^tt doesn't make you a chic... more"Sticking feathers up your b^tt doesn't make you a chicken."

Ok? Cool, I guess?

"Same way just having camera app design similar to alpha series won't give you the same photo quality as the alpha series, even in manual mode"

When did I say that I will be getting the same photo quality as the alpha series, don't put words in my mouth. I was referring to the experience and the manual control that it offers.

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SuuperBaka, 03 Jul 2021I mean it's like a mini-alpha camera, you can learn ho... moreSticking feathers up your b^tt doesn't make you a chicken.
Same way just having camera app design similar to alpha series won't give you the same photo quality as the alpha series, even in manual mode

YUKI93, 03 Jul 2021Come to think about it, I never see any Quad Bayer smartpho... moreLol every other phone, be it QB sensor or not, can do burst mode. The only differences are quantity of fps, with AF/AE or not.

My P40 QB sensor can do burst shot, I think maybe at 8 fps, with AF. Not sure if it has AE as well. That advantage still holds by Xperia. But for me, that is not my priority, many other thing is, which a bit lack in Xperia.

Anonymous, 03 Jul 2021Yeah, this is a rant. Here's my take on this phone. ... moreNow thats a well balance short review.

Kudos for highlighting the pros & cons, based on facts. 👍🏻

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Yeah, this is a rant. Here's my take on this phone.

I'm thinking one of the reasons for the controversy over this phone is that reviewers don't really cover sheer scope of what this phone is capable of, especially when it comes to the scenarios the cameras actually excel in. Most phone reviews are geared towards "auto mode" and general use cases while this phone is anything but that. In a sense, that can generally applies to all phones released, but I see the 1m3 as something more peculiar and purposefully targeted.

Though, the naysayers will call reviews that do cover those peculiar features cherry-picked, biased, paid, not representative of real-world use case, and so on. It's a really good phone. It might cost an extra hundred bucks over other flagships, but you also get some features that are arguably worth the price for some. This is a niche phone. Samsung, Xiaomi, Apple, etc. users are probably not going to like this phone, but that's fine. To each their own. Those big names do a good job of satisfying the general population, and Sony and other smaller market share mobile phone companies has the folks left over taken care of for the most part (ZTE, Asus, Lenovo, etc.).

Granted, it definitely has its quirks and bugs, but you also get some really desirable features that make this phone stand out above the competition, and to some it's worth the asking price.

For me, having front-facing speakers, an sd card slot and a headphone jack are pretty important features for me. They're important enough for me to hold onto this ZTE Axon 7 for so long, and this is the only phone released since that has all of those features incorporated (US market). I personally would rather have a 16:9 aspect ratio that is maybe 1440p or even 1080p for battery life, but I'll deal with the narrow dimensions and 21:9 aspect ratio if I can keep those features. Who knows, it might grow on me.

It's also nice that all you need to do to remove the battery is to remove the back glass, move some ribbon cables out the way, and there you go. On some phones you risk breaking the display trying to get to the battery. Not having a notch/punch, a flat display and understated squared design is nice as well. Cracked screens are much more common on curved edges, so a rugged case on this phone will

As someone who likes to tinker with stuff, this phone checks a lot of boxes for me, and I'm looking forward to getting it in purple this August. For me, a person who is picky about certain features in phones, this is basically the phone that I've been waiting for.

I almost got the ROG 5, but frail construction and lack of an sd card slot made me hesitate. Then this phone was announced.

The battery life is below average, you can't change the resolution (well not in its vanilla state at least), you'll have to use the manual mode to get the most out of the cameras which is time consuming but rewarding, rotation takes forever which'll probably be fixed in a patch soon and other software issues and quirks that may either be circumvented with 3rd party solutions or possibly fixed with an update.

YUKI93, 03 Jul 2021Ikr. If I only shoot in full Auto mode, I would just get a ... moreI mean it's like a mini-alpha camera, you can learn how to take photos better and use it for practice. I have an Alpha camera and I use it whenever I can, but I don't take it everywhere. I just use what I know and apply it here, if I need to make any changes then I take it to lightroom

SuuperBaka, 03 Jul 2021Ya, I haven't seen QB do burst mode like any of the Xp... moreIkr. If I only shoot in full Auto mode, I would just get a Pixel. But since I don't do that and I am a heavy mobile photographer, having a DSLR-like manual mode really helps a lot.

YUKI93, 03 Jul 2021Come to think about it, I never see any Quad Bayer smartpho... moreYa, I haven't seen QB do burst mode like any of the Xperia can do. I like the full control you can get on an Xperia and adjust my pictures to the way I want. It's a personal preference.

SuuperBaka, 03 Jul 2021Yeah, you make a good point, they wouldn't want to hur... moreCome to think about it, I never see any Quad Bayer smartphones that can do photo burst mode. But for me personally, I still prefer realistic colour and details so I'm sticking to native RGB Bayer.

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Anonymous, 03 Jul 2021Realme had more sales because it's been given away for... moreWow by your logic, some 3 year old Chinese comakny Vinings away phones for free??
Nope they did what Sony couldn't, which is why people recognize those phones more than some Ancient Sony which is irrelevant in the smartphone world

Shui8, 03 Jul 2021I doubt they will do that. Otherwise their RX100 & ZV c... moreYeah, you make a good point, they wouldn't want to hurt their RX series. I don't see Sony adapting QB until they can get fast enough readout for that burst mode and fast focusing.

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Anonymous, 02 Jul 2021That's why realme had more sales than Sony Realme had more sales because it's been given away for FREE like popcorn to millions of people who walk into a carrier stores around the world.

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Anonymous, 03 Jul 2021No one said high refresh rate is a gimmick.maybe go check articles from 2 years back. Sony fans were full of it. Trying to downplay HRR, saying that it only consumes battery, most people can't see difference, etc

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Anonymous, 02 Jul 2021Must be gimmicks for Sony trolls lyk u same way high refres... moreNo one said high refresh rate is a gimmick.

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Anonymous, 02 Jul 2021Must be gimmicks for Sony trolls lyk u same way high refres... moreLol apparently for them spending more money and getting no sd slot, 3.5mm jack and no charger is supposed to be good...

SuuperBaka, 03 Jul 2021Maybe we can see a 1-inch sensor for the Xperia 1iv. They m... moreI doubt they will do that. Otherwise their RX100 & ZV camera series sales will be cannibalized. For sure they will stick the below 1" sensor for a long time.

A sensor size between 1/1.2" - 1/1.4" still logical & competetive in a smartphone world. Quad Bayer is welcomed, as it will increase quality of intermediate zoom up from x1 to x3 lossless details if they opt out say, a 64mp, pixel-binned at 16mp, 1/1.2" sensor size.

But considering the Alpha department that get involved are from 9 series, they focus more on the burst shot for fast moving subject. Hopefully future tech will finally resolve that speedy readout in Quad Bayer sensor are available.

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Anonymous, 02 Jul 2021Must be gimmicks for Sony trolls lyk u same way high refres... moreThe only one of those that is an actual meaningful feature is Night Mode. 100w charging is a wasteful at best, useless at worst gimmick. Holes and under screen fingerprint sensors are a detriment, not a feature.
I do think its stupid that Sony didnt do 120hz earlier, since the displays have supported it since the XZ Premium, not giving that as an option was something that really annoyed me with Sony, that they're fixing with the 1 III.