The Xperia 1 III is a phone that comes at a high MSRP, but its price has since come down. The phone boasts of a 4K OLED 120-Hz screen, making it great for watching movies, and has great-sounding front-facing stereo speakers with a headphone jack. The camera system is not the best, but photo tinkerers can find all features available in high-end phones including wireless charging. The phone is limited to sub-6 5G (the slower kind) and the 4,500-mAh battery does not last long. Only Verizon and T-Mobile carriers offer the phone on the 5G network while AT&T is stuck on 4G LTE. The phone is also only guaranteed one more year of updates.
Sony’s latest version, the Xperia 1 IV, was also reviewed with rating of 6 out of 10. The phone costs $1,598 but its price frequently drops to $1,398. The 4K OLED screen gets plenty bright and its battery now lasts a full day too. Although the cameras are better, the imaging quality still falls below competitors. Sony is yet to commit to more than two years of software support.
The Xperia 1 III’s 4K OLED 120-Hz screen makes it stand out amongst other smartphones. Its pictures are great for photo tinkerers as they can adjust photo and video settings to have more control over their results. The phone comes with all the high-end features available in phones, including wireless charging. However, it is limited to sub-6 5G (the slower kind) and the battery does not last long. The phone is only guaranteed one more year of updates and is only available on Verizon and T-Mobile carriers as AT&T is stuck on 4G LTE.
The Xperia 1 IV costs an absurd amount but has better hardware than the previous version, the Xperia 1 III. Its 4K OLED screen is great and its battery easily lasts a full day too. The cameras are better and share many of the same features, but the imaging quality still falls below competitors. Like the previous version, Sony only guarantees two years of software support, which is not impressive. Overall, it seems that Sony still has a long way to go to catch up to its competitors in the smartphone industry.