The Android market has felt a lot smaller lately. LG ditched the smartphone game altogether a few months ago, and while HTC hasn’t officially thrown in the towel, the heyday of the One M7 and M8 are long gone. Sony is still alive if you missed some of that old-school Android feel, and it will finally be bringing its new flagship to the United States next month.
Although the Xperia 1 III was announced in April, Sony had yet to announce availability – and prices – before this morning. Hope you saved your money, because like with last year’s Xperia 1 II, it doesn’t come cheap. Pre-orders start today exclusively through the Sony online store for $ 1,300, making it one of the more expensive non-foldable phones out there.
Even if you’re ready to remove your credit card number right now, the device won’t ship until August 19 (Sony goes Sony). However, if you’re ready to buy the phone before September 26, the company is ready to give you some nice bonuses. Kind of. You will receive a free pair of its WF-1000XM3 headphones with your purchase – great headphones for sure, but not the new XM4s that blew AP staff away. Also included: 43,200 Call of Duty: Mobile CP Points, which are apparently valued at $ 540 (although I’m not sure by whom).
In case you forget its specs – totally understandable considering Sony announced this phone two and a half months ago – the Xperia 1 III includes a Snapdragon 888, 12GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. With a 6.5 “4K 120Hz OLED display, 4,500mAh battery, and an all-new variable telephoto lens that can switch between 70mm and 105mm, this is a flagship phone through and through. supports 5G (although it is limited to sub-6) and is available in purple or black variants.
We weren’t super hot on last year’s Xperia 1 II. Its lack of 5G, inconsistent camera quality, and price tag made it a tough pill to swallow. With this release, Sony has fixed some of the issues with its previous flagship, but given that it is even more expensive than before, this phone will really have to prove itself.