Sony announces the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III with variable telephoto lenses

Sony Xperia 1 III (left) and Xperia 5 III (right)
Sony Xperia 1 III (left) and Xperia 5 III (right) | Sony

Sony is announcing two new phones today, the Xperia 1 III and the Xperia 5 III. Both are the latest in Sony’s campaign to redefine the Xperia brand as a kind of sibling to its well-regarded Alpha digital cameras. As such, the camera system is once again the main focus, and Sony specifically is touting the “world’s first smartphone with a variable telephoto lens paired with a Dual PD sensor” and improvements to its already fast and accurate autofocus system.

Pricing was not announced, but they should both be available in the US “this summer.”

Each phone has the basic specs you’d expect on a top-flight Android phone: three cameras on the rear, a Snapdragon 888 processor, and support for 5G. Actually, the 5G support is worth noting…

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