Sony Xperia 1 III PhotographySource: Sony

What you need to know

  • A new listing suggests the Xperia 1 III won't begin shipping in the U.S. until August 31.
  • The phone was announced last month, alongside the Xperia 5 III.
  • It is the world's first phone to feature a 4K 120Hz display.

Sony recently announced the Xperia 1 III, the world's first phone to come with a 4K 120Hz display and a Dual-PD sensor. While there is no doubt that Sony's latest flagship phone is a solid rival to Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra, you may have to wait months to get your hands on one.

Xperia 1 Iii B&HSource: B&H

According to a listing for the Xperia 1 III on the B&H website, the phone will begin shipping in the U.S. on August 31 (via TechRadar). Sony hasn't confirmed a release date for the phone yet, so there is a small possibility of the date listed by B&H being wrong. However, the Japanese tech giant is infamous for launching its phones months after their announcement. The Xperia 1 II arrived in the U.S. in July last year, five months after its announcement. When Sony announced the Xperia 1 III last month, it promised that the phone would be released "this summer."

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Sony is also yet to reveal just how much the phone will cost. Going by how the Xperia 1 II was launched at $1,200 in the U.S. last year, we wouldn't be surprised if the Xperia 1 III is even more expensive than the Galaxy S21 Ultra at launch. It is also worth noting that unlike its predecessor, the phone will support sub-6GHz 5G networks in the U.S. While that's definitely an improvement, the lack of mmWave support puts it at a disadvantage compared to the best Android phones.