This year, Sony appears to be taking the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach to smartphone design as we saw in previous leaks of the Xperia 10 II successor. As far as midrange devices go, it didn’t seem like Sony was really trying too hard to break the mold, at least in terms of design. New images of the flagship Sony Xperia 1 III indicates it will also have a similar design to its predecessor, although that may not be such a bad thing considering its premium build.
Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) has just posted up several images of the Sony Xperia 1 III, and at least from the front, the device is more or less the same as the Xperia 1 II. It has a tall and flat 6.5″ 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display, very thin side bezels, and a bit of a forehead and chin. And while OEMs are continually moving towards ways to get rid of the top and bottom bezel, Sony seems to want to hold on to its uninterrupted cinematic display experience, which fortunately includes front-facing stereo speakers.
There are a few noticeable differences between the Xperia 1 III and its predecessor, with the first being the additional side button that can be used as a shortcut key. This was absent from the original Xperia 1 II but present on the recently launched Xperia Pro. The second difference can be seen around the back, where there appears to be a periscopic camera sensor in lieu of a standard telephoto lens that was present on the Xperia 1 II. This could suggest that Sony is looking to increase optical zoom beyond 3x, although camera details are currently unknown.
Beyond that, the device appears largely the same and appears to be keeping the headphone jack as well as the microSD card slot, both features that are now missing on the Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones. That means you won’t have to go fishing around for the best USB-C audio adapters. According to Hemmerstoffer, the Xperia 1 III will be slightly shorter and not as wide, but nearly a millimeter thicker. And while there’s no word on internal specifications, it’s likely to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, but hopefully, we’ll get some details soon.
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