Sony has announced the latest generation of its flagship Xperia smartphones, with enhanced camera capabilities.
While Sony is the largest smartphone camera sensor manufacturer – known even for producing the sensors included in Apple’s iPhones – their recent flagship handsets have not been well received for their camera performance.
The Japanese tech giant plans to rectify this with the latest generation of its Xperia phones by including a variable telephoto lens – a first for a smartphone – in the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, combined with a dual PDAF sensor.
which reaches up to a 105mm focal length. Photographers can choose from 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm focal lengths, with each Zeiss optic lens calibrated specifically for the Xperia smartphone.
The new Xperia phones will also be able to shoot in a burst mode of 20fps, to take the best photos while capturing high movements, and the new zoom technology “AI super resolution”. The camera settings also have real-time autofocus and eye tracking for both humans and animals.
The more modest Xperia 10 III rounds out the new range. The three cameras all use 12 megapixel sensors and both the main and telephoto lenses support OIS. The Xperia 1 III has a slightly more advanced setup as it also includes a time-of-flight sensor.
The Xperia 5 III is the smaller of the two models
The larger Xperia 1 III also comes with a 6.5in 4K HDR 120Hz display with Gorilla Glass Victus, the latest generation of Gorilla Glass that claims to offer better drop resistance, thinner designs and even germ resistance, a potential boon during the Covid -19. era.
The smaller Xperia 5 III has a 6.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1080p. Being Sony’s flagship smartphones, the devices are powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 888 chips – the first with an integrated 5G modem, which helps save space and power in the phone.
This year’s larger Xperia has an upgraded 4500 mAh battery, which can charge up to 50 percent of its capacity in 30 minutes with the included 30W charger. the Xperia 1 III, which should be easy enough to ensure fast running on Android 11, which loads out of the box.
With an expected “early summer” release, the devices could be made available around the same time that Android 12 is released. Sony’s record for software updates is relatively mediocre, although it was reported last year that it will soon offer three years of update support for flagship devices.
PP Foresight’s industry analyst Paolo Pescatore said Sony’s new lineup was impressive, but would still likely struggle to lure people away from the brand’s main rivals. “Sony’s commitment to smartphones is honorable, as underscored by the impressive array of new devices,” he said.
“While the attention to detail is astounding, the dazzling features may not be enough to convince users. “Sony has dropped out of the smartphone sales race compared to its Asian counterparts.
Sony continues to face monumental challenges in competition with rivals rolling out new devices rich in new features at competitive prices. “While the company has all the parts, it is losing ground in all areas of the consumer electronics landscape.
” Despite this, the market has cleared up somewhat for Sony in recent months after LG announced it had dropped its smartphone business altogether.