The much-hyped Sony Xperia 1 III will have an eye-watering price in the US

Sony Xperia 1 III Photography
Sony Xperia 1 III Photography (Image credit: Sony)

What you need to know

  • Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia 1 III will open in the U.S. on July 1.
  • It has been priced at $1,299, $100 more than last year's Xperia II.
  • The Xperia 1 III is the world's first Android phone with a 4K 120Hz OLED screen.

Sony's Xperia 1 III will finally be available to pre-order in the U.S. on July 1. The phone was announced in April, along with the "compact" Xperia 5 III. Besides Sony's official website, you'll be able to pre-order the Xperia 1 III from B&H, Adorama, and Focus.

Like its predecessor, the Sony Xperia 1 III will be more expensive than nearly all its rivals. Sony has priced the phone at $1,300, making it $100 more expensive than Samsung's Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Xperia 1 II was launched in the U.S. at $1,200 last year.

The Xperia 1 III is the first phone to feature a 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. As you would expect from a flagship Android phone in 2021, it is powered by Qualcomm's 5nm Snapdragon 888 processor. Xperia 1 III is also Sony's first phone to come equipped with a periscope zoom lens that can switch between 70mm and 105mm focal lengths.

It uses a custom dual PD sensor and includes a BIONZ X processor for impressive low-light performance. Another key feature that differentiates the Xperia 1 III from its rivals is the ability to use it as a "professional-grade display" with Sony's professional Alpha cameras.

Unlike the best Android phones from Samsung and OnePlus, however, the Xperia 1 III doesn't support mmWave 5G. It will only support sub-6GHz 5G networks in the U.S., already a step up from its predecessor, which did not support 5G connectivity stateside.

Sony Xperia 1 Iii Cropped

Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony's latest Android flagship touts a 4K OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and camera tech borrowed from the company's Alpha cameras. It also happens to be one of the few modern Android flagships to include a headphone jack.

Babu Mohan
News Writer
  • Good luck to them. They'll need it.
  • Even though I like the looks of the 1 iii better than the 5 iii, I do not need what the 1 offers. I am waiting for updated information on the 5 iii. That is the one I want as it is basically the same as the 1 iii but will probably get better battery life and I am no photography expert.
  • Sony phones always have bs pricing
  • To bad. I was ready to pull the plug. It does offer just about everything one could want, but 1300.00? Way too much.
  • Which of the other to be released Experia's will have a headphone jack and SD slot? Those are the most important requirements for me, along with 5G capability.
  • Yet about Sony Xperia phone DOA due to it's high price and don't expect good software support to match that ridiculously expensive price tag as well.