Sony brings a compact, flagship smartphone to the US

Promotional image of cutting-edge smartphone.
Enlarge / The Sony Xperia 5 III, in inexperienced.

Sony is bringing a $1,000 flagship smartphone, the Xperia 5 III, to the US market. Calling the system “new,” nevertheless, is a little bit of a stretch, because the cellphone was introduced 9 months in the past.

As you’d anticipate from the value, the Xperia 5 III is a high-end flagship. It has a Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4500 mAh battery, and a 6.1-inch, 120 Hz, 2520×1080 OLED show. There are three rear cameras—a 12 MP primary digicam, a 12 MP ultrawide, and a 12 MP 3x telephoto. At simply 68 mm huge, the Xperia 5 III is likely one of the most compact Android telephones in the marketplace. It has a really tall 21:9 show, however by way of width, it is solely 4 mm greater than an iPhone 13 Mini. Though it ships with Android 11, an Android 12 replace is due someday quickly.

The rear cameras.
Enlarge / The rear cameras.


Sony positively marches to the beat of its personal drum relating to design. As common, Sony’s cellphone is aggressively rectangular and has a good-looking, minimalist look. The entrance bezel is a singular addition. Relatively than a notch or a gap punch, Sony went with a giant bezel to provide the digicam some room to breathe, making for an uninterrupted show. The corporate additionally put a giant clean space on the underside of the cellphone so the entrance can be symmetrical. Different nonstandard design selections embrace a side-mounted fingerprint reader, a {hardware} digicam button, a microSD slot, and even a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

For many US customers, this launch serves as their solely reminder that Sony nonetheless makes smartphones in any respect. If you happen to could not inform from the lengthy US delay, the corporate does not goal the US with its smartphone enterprise. After seeing LG throw within the towel on Android after years of struggling, it’s important to surprise about Sony’s future out there. Sony’s cell division did put up its first worthwhile quarter in a very long time in April 2021, however the information is just not all optimistic; the profitability was additionally on a few of its lowest cellphone shipments in years. The division solely managed to steadiness the books by slicing prices, and gross sales are nonetheless on an enormous downward development since 2014. Nonetheless, although, a compact Android cellphone is right here if you need one.

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