Sony Xperia 5 III review

03 August 2021


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I read the comments but the technical details are of no interest to me and you need to have the technical experience of phone geeks to understand anyway. Not that I'm technically inexperienced - I spent all my working life as a design Engineer - but where phones are concerned I'm just a user. I'm not that interested in the camera (I use a proper camera) or gaming (I don't seriously play games). All I want is a phone with two sims, good gps with all the various providers covered, 4g LTE (I don't expect to see 5g in my area or where I visit any time soon. In fact, many of the places I visit have zero mobile service.), good battery life, ruggedness, easy to handle, bright display outdoors, and enough memory to store multiple off-line OS maps (although I always carry a paper map anyway).

jay, 30 Sep 2021becareful buying used xz2 compact... screen issues not soft... moreThank bro, my first xz2 compact already in my junk drawer, it's lower speaker became faulty, too costly to repair, in fact the Sony's service said it is beyond repair, my second xz2 compact battery is as fast as sputnik draining and never had such funny things cha going by itself on the phone althogh I deleted twice and did factory reset, now using my slower xz1 that proved more stable, battery is small, I thought I'll go for the 10iii as an I terim solution

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ying zue, 25 Sep 2021God is cruel, God punish us with 5iii overheating and now I... morebecareful buying used xz2 compact... screen issues not software related. I've experienced glitching and unresponsiveness on both of my xz2c. Also, since 3G is phasing out with most carriers it's not even worth spending the money on xz2c. I hope the overheating can be resolved because I am heavily leaning towards 5iii when it's released..

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ksuuk, 09 Sep 2021Xiaomi = bigger, ugly notch, not water resistant, bloated U... moreWhat about ads in Mi software???

Anonymous, 16 Sep 2021That is what jack of all trades means, it can do all in thi... moreGod is cruel, God punish us with 5iii overheating and now I have to buy again a used Sony xperia xz2 compact, I skipped like three to four generation and now Sony became a garbage with the Snap Dragon 888. How sony failed, is its engeering drunk

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John, 20 Aug 2021Jack of all trades, but master of none? I'd be way mor... moreThat is what jack of all trades means, it can do all in this case including stuff other brands can't.

Master of none would be on the performance part, the throttling is heavy here and the phone still gets hot, but that's more of a 888 issue because 5 II didn't have these problems as much.

I do wonder how hot the Xperia 5 III is in daily use, my LG G8S gets very warm but not hot under heavy benchmarks, but it never even gets warm under normal use or even gaming.

haha bobo, 21 Aug 20211000 Euros for this? I don't know dude. A Mi 11 can... moreXiaomi = bigger, ugly notch, not water resistant, bloated UI, no 3.5mm jack.

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Snacksnack, 26 Aug 2021I have a 5II - just deactivate the button from your setting... moreHow can i deactivate this stupid Button? Sony theirself tells nothing about and under System-Gestures for example there is no options like on Nokia Devices. Sony is stupid. Also no casual 4K60FPS video ist idiotic.

H, 22 Aug 2021The Xperias are not made for everyone. It's very targe... moreAgreed. At least in Hong Kong, where I live, people would judge you by the phone brand you choose.

Personally I would not choose any Chinese brand and prefer Japanese, Korean or even Taiwanese (currently still using a LG V10).

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Stanley Kubrick, 09 Aug 2021I would support a boycott on the dedicated Google assistant... moreI have a 5II - just deactivate the button from your settings if you don't like it. It's not like that's a hard thing to do. Why use ADB for that?

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that aspect ratio is really bothering me.
i'm a fans of Sony since Z1C until XZ2P for now.
but now they change the screen aspect ratio, even longer than other's 18:9

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haha bobo, 21 Aug 20211000 Euros for this? I don't know dude. A Mi 11 can... moreThe Xperias are not made for everyone. It's very targeted. If you think they can be compared to xiaomis then you shouldn't be looking at this review.

svaberget, 09 Aug 2021Didn't the same thing happen btw Xperia 1 ii and Xperi... moreBecause GSM always tested 5 several months later than 1, resulting in a better system/firmware/software. After the system updating to 61.0.A.11.31, the third or forth update after the release, 1 III is significantly cooler when gaming and charging, and the battery life is longer. Now I enable 120 hz and get a similar battery life in my use as the 60 hz with the old system.

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haha bobo, 21 Aug 20211000 Euros for this? I don't know dude. A Mi 11 can... morelol compare this phone to those crap MIUI

1000 Euros for this? I don't know dude.

A Mi 11 can be bought for 400 Euros less, and it has a much better display, charging.
Although Sony's software isn't even as polished as MIUI, which has been refined a lot.

Or even a Mi 10T Pro from last year, I actually don't get why they price it so high up, while there are better value phones half the price.

I doubt that if people buy this, they'll just replace this with another phone.
Unlike some people who actually value phones, which they use for 5+ years.

I don't think this phone is good enough for everyone.

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Anonymous, 03 Aug 2021Xperia 5 III has like expected a better battery life, not g... moreJack of all trades, but master of none? I'd be way more than happy to have a phone with all the essential features like the headphone jack and microSD card support rather than buying a flagship phone that solely focuses on the camera or the display but doesn't have any of those essential features. No way in h*ll I'm going to spend more money for wireless Bluetooth audio and cloud storage on top of an already expensive smartphone in the first place.

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Nick, 11 Aug 2021Yea exactly, I'd like a follow up on this actually giv... moreI'm still waiting for a source.

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Nick Tegrataker, 11 Aug 2021It was more like I was laughing at the other user's la... moreOK, cool.

Anonymous, 11 Aug 2021You take it so seriously about a phone camera than anything... moreIt was more like I was laughing at the other user's lack of knowledge, but ok.

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Nick Tegrataker, 09 Aug 2021"Its a wide depth of field with no AF triggered scenar... moreYou take it so seriously about a phone camera than anything else.

Trash the camera
Its all about

6000mah
S888+ rooted overclocked could, gpu
Sapphire glass
Ceramic or carbon fibre, brass, copper , titanium back and sides
1 inch sensor with xenon flash
4k screen
700ppi
Dual 5g standby, like the Sony Pro
Double shield cooling copper Chambers
18gb Ram
Arm cortex A15, big huge die cores than maggot tiny 5nm v6 vs v12 A15 cores

That's premium prestige craftsmanship