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Smartphone Reviews, Sony Xperia 5 III 2021

 so sony's fresh new xperia 5 mark iii smartphone may have launched all the way back in april but it's taken four long ass months for it to finally work its way here to texpert towers oh sony you massive bloody teasers and like previous models the xperia 5 mark 3 sports very similar premium style specs and features to that xperia 1 mark iii flagship smartphone except here in a more compact comfortable to fondle form factor and with some of the more extreme specs like that 4k display just whittled out in order to bring the asking price under a thousand pounds in fact it'll only cost you 900 quid still brings a few tears to my eyes but at least you'll probably only have to sell a single kidney to actually afford one but enough jibber jabber let's whip the xperia 5 mark through and out of its box taking a full on to the hardware in the software and for more on the latest and greatest deck please do pog subscribe and ding that notifications bell cheers okay so besides the xperia 5 mark iii what do you get in the box well you got one mains adapter with cheeky pop-up action you've got a bit of trouser rustling type-c to type-c usb action and yeah that's basically it nice.

Sony Xperia 5 III review: Design and key features

 and easy so of course no real surprises when it comes to the design of the sony xperia 5 mark iii very similar to last year's xperia 5 mark ii and of course that xperia one mark iii flagship smartphone which i've fully reviewed just a bit more dinky it's a 6.1 inch device it's definitely quite compact for a 2021 smartphone and at 168 grams it's practically a welterweight as well the xperia 5 mark iii is completely constructed from glass as well front and back it is gorilla glass six as well so nice and tight should prove quite scratch resistant you don't get a gorilla glass victus display unlike the xperia one mark iii flagship smartphone but to be honest in my personal experience i have found that gorilla glass 6 is more scratch resistant than gorilla glass victor so that's good news here but it is also less drop resistant it's a very tall sleek design as usual this is of course the black model but you can also grab the sony xperia 5 mark iii in green or pink if you prefer slightly more vibrant less boring hues now as usual the xperia 5 mark iii is ip68 water and dust resistant just like last year's model and just like that xperia 1 mark iii flagship over on the right side things are rather busy you've got that edge mounted fingerprint sensor as well as a volume rocker you've got a dedicated google assistant button and also a shutter button for the camera whereas over here on the left edge things are considerably less busy you've just got that pull out sim tray and that's it and that dishes up space for two sim cards simultaneously although if you do want to expand your storage on your xperia 5 mark iii by slipping in a micro sd memory card you'll have to do that in a second sim tray and then as with other sony blows from 2021 yes you do get a good bit of headphone jack action up top all right so let's get this a little more for all set up and then we'll take you on a full on tour of the rest of the hardware.

Sony Xperia 5 III Unboxing & Full Tour
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 in the software so so far the software experience here on the xperia 5 mark iii unsurprisingly basically the same as what you'll get on the xperia 1 mark 3 it's a fairly stock version of android 11 but with that xperia ui chucked on top this adds a distinctive look and feel to your desktops and the menus and everything allows you to do a little bit of customization as well although not quite as much as some other launchers it does add a fair few bonus features as well quite a few of which we'll explore here in this unboxing start with the likes of side sense this is a fully customizable sidebar which you can actually shift the position of you can make it bigger or smaller if you want as well and a quick double top of that will just bring up the side sense menu as you can see this is a really convenient way of fast accessing your headphone settings it's also a good way of activating that one-handed mode if you happen to be struggling at any point very handy for any apps where you happen to be struggling to reach the top of that very tall display and speaking of the total display it's very very handy for split screen multitasking with two apps at once and you can set up the multi window feature here on sidesense which allows you to quickly access two apps that you use side by side quite a lot definitely absolutely perfect for watching a bit of youtube action while browsing the web or whatever else you want to do so one of the disadvantages of the xperia ui is the fact that on your sony smartphones you tend to get a lot of crap where pre-installed the likes of facebook and linkedin and even worse is the fact that you can't just quickly and easily uninstall these buggers they are stuck there on your smartphone unless you do a bit jiggery pokery behind the scenes and doing my review model of the sony xperia 5 mark iii i've got 128 gigs of storage on there expandable of course via micro sd memory cards and you've got respectable security on here as well although you don't have any face unlock support unfortunately on the xperia 5 mark iii just like the flagship smartphone but you do get an edge mounted fingerprint sensor which touchwood seems reasonably nippy and responsive.

Sony Xperia 5 III review: Screen and audio

 so now let's check out that 6.1 inch oled display here on the xperia 5 mark iii it's not a 4k eye blaster like the xperia wall mark 3 but that full hd plus resolution keeps everything nice and crisp helps along but the fact that it's not the most spacious of panels anyway you've got that same 21x9 wide screen finish as the flagship uh so i'll say perfect for more cinematic fare not quite so good for older more boxy tv shows than the rest but that's something you just have to live with with the xperia smartphones at least it's a full view finish here as well no annoying notches or little selfie orifices getting in the way of that action does seem to have once again a slightly greeny tint uh when you bump the brightness right the way down you're viewing in a really dark room but that's something i'll be testing out more for my in-depth xperia 5 mark iii review uh certainly on the top brightness levels should be absolutely fine for outdoors use you can play around with the color output you've got the likes of the creator mode if you want to see visuals exactly how the director intended on supported content once again got that x1 reality engine technology in order to boost low res crappy looking content make it look a bit sharp a bit neater and yes as well as the likes of the creator mode you've also got full hdr stream and support in services like netflix as well for enjoying sharp contrast and natural looking visuals and yes of course you've got that 120hz refresh rate support just like you did on the sony xperia 5 mark ii although that is knocked off by defaults you'll have to chuck that on yourself and the xperia 5 mark 3 also bought a stereo speaker setup as you kind of hope for given the premium price tag so let's bump up the volume see what we got right here on textbook if you want to know more i've also rounded up my favorite budget phones under 300 pounds and 200 pounds if you find you got a little bit less cash to spend and sadly the audio output is a bit tinny once you boost up to that maximum of volume uh respectable volume levels at least if you drop the volume a little bit then the audio is a bit more clear but yeah not fantastic probably given the uh the compact size of this thing compared with some rivals but of course if you're gonna be enjoying a bit of music on your xperia 5 mark 3 you're going to be wanting to plug in via that headphone jack and if you dive on into the sound section you've got lots of different settings you can play around with you've got full dolby atmos support complete with various presets and you can also tinker with the equalizer those speakers also supposedly support a bit of 360 spatial sound although i didn't really find that worked on the xperia 1 mark 3 but you do have the dse ultimate digital sound enhancement engine for any crappy uh low-res tracks just to help boost them make them sound a bit crisper full support for high-res audio via that headphone jack and of course you've got bluetooth support as well with all the usual cordx got a bit of ldec action.

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Sony Xperia 5 III review: Performance and gaming test

 so now let's chat performance and the sony xperia 5 mark iii like that flagship move four is once again powered by the snapdragon 88 qualcomms well one of qualcomm's most powerful chipsets right now it's backed by eight gigs of ram here so as you can see there the geekbench scores not quite as strong as the flagship the single core is just as good multi-core a little bit lower but still very very solid performance and i certainly do not see any jitters or stumbles when i'm flicking around loading up apps and such forth just to be completely sure of course i did spend a lot of time testing out the xperia 5 mark iii with a good bit of gentian impact action boosted up to the highest detail settings on that 60 frames per second mode as well and pretty damn smooth a couple of little stumbles here and there when things got really frantic on screen i was whipping the camera around really fast but apart from that absolutely flawless i did however notice that the phone started to get a little bit toasty after about 20 to 30 minutes of gameplay nothing too horrific i did have the xperia 5 mark iii set to the performance mode in the gaming tools as well you can access those game settings at any point just by dragging your finger down a like so this gives you access to but loads of features including new stuff fresh for the mark 3 generation classics like the hs power control are back in action so you can keep the xperia 5 mark iii powered up without charging the battery simultaneously so it doesn't heat up horrifically you can set the max screen refresh rate to match the game that you're playing you can also have a play around with the touch response the focus settings are really good if you find you keep getting notifications popping up while you're busy trying to teabag your bestie on call of duty or whatever as you can see there this can hide notifications and any calls you might be getting in it also does likes to turn off adaptive brightness and side sense and the camera key which you might accidentally knock at mid game if you like to record uh your gameplay sessions maybe upload online for instance you've got loads of options here including the ability to buffer 30 seconds of action in the background so you don't miss anything you can tweak the audio performance as well you can change the recording quality now up to 1080p or even record at 120 frames per second as long as you don't mind bumping the resolution back down to just bog standard 720p and there's a few microphone optimization features in the display and sound section as well so you can set up exactly what kind of mic you use and just make sure that your voice is what comes through loud and clear and not all the clatter going on in the background and if you find you're always being sniped by some bloody camper lurking in the shadows in some online blaster where you've even got a gamma razor that you can use just to boost uh the brightness in those darker areas and catch the little buggers in the act so as you can see lots to play around with but i do have one word of warning for any gamers that's the xperia 5 mark iii like the xperia 1 mark 3 before it has some slight touch responsiveness issues so for instance i found that sometimes when i was trying to change my character here in genchin impact uh in the middle of an intense battle i would have to tap a character icon a good two or three times before it actually happened more often than not it's fine but just occasionally you get that frustrating pause where you're desperately trying to change your favorite character it takes three or four seconds by which point you're absolutely having the crap hammered out of you this problem did seem to be alleviated a little by bumping the touch tracking all the way up here in the custom settings in that game menu although i might have just got a bit more lucky and it's definitely still a bit of a problem.

Sony Xperia 5 III Unboxing & Full Tour
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Sony Xperia 5 III review:  Battery life

 now the sony xperia 5 mark iii sports a 4 500 milliamp battery same as that bigger flagship smartphone so that's great to see should hopefully keep you going all day long especially as you don't have that 4k resolution display to power certainly on the xperia wall mark 3 i found that that was more than enough charge to get me through a full a deer although sometimes i was staggering into bed with just dregs left on that thing but hopefully as i say it should get you through a full fairly intensive day here i will of course be testing the battery life out for my full in-depth xperia 5 mark iii review when it comes time to power it back up again you've got some 30 watt wired charging support as that flagship not exactly the fastest run certainly at this sort of price point quite a lot of much cheaper smartphones do offer twice the wattage and unfortunately the wireless charging has been cold for this more compact model as well which is a damn shame so if you want to get a bit of qi charging on the go you're gonna have to look elsewhere now one feature that'll certainly be spending a lot of time with ahead of my in-depth.

Sony Xperia 5 III review: Camera features

 xperia 5 mark iii review is that camera tech you've got the same three 12 megapixel camera lenses slapped here on the back of the xperia 5 mark iii as that flagship smartphone but you don't get the same time of flight lens that's the only difference in the hardware setup and once again you don't get a bog standard camera app here on the xperia 5 mark iii it is this sony photo pro app that you'll be using for absolutely everything this starts up in the basic mode this is basically a full auto board nice and easy just hit that shutter button or of course tap the shutter button up top and you'll take a snap as you can see there you've got the usual eye auto focus shenanigans this is real time eye auto focus works on both humans and animals although sadly here on the xperia 5 mark iii because you don't have that time of flight sensor you don't get the same real-time object tracking as the flagship smartphone and in this basic mode you've got access to a handful of other features including the bokeh mode which just adds a blurry style background effect and of course any pointing swap from that primary 24 mil 12 megapixel lens to the 12 megapixel ultra wide angle lens we've got my fingers out of shot there which has anti uh distortion uh for the edges as well so hopefully should prove good for those ultra wide shots and you also have a telephoto lens again 12 megapixel which can actually swap between two focal lengths 70 mil and 105 mil and like the primary lens this once again has optical image stabilization as well to help keep your shots nice and crisp even if your hand is trembling slightly if you want to shoot a bit of video action well this is the place to do it as well you can uh just tap this little icon down here as you can see you've got full hdr smart if you are trying to shoot a high contrast scene and as you can see there you can shoot full hd footage at either 30 or 60 frames per second although sadly there's no 4k 60 fps option and if you are shooting an hdr you're going to be limited or if you want slightly more funky effects you've always got that cinema pro app as well which can add a whole bunch of filters and make your home movies look proper cinematic again i'll be fully testing that out for my in-depth xperia 5 mark iii review and last tip of course back in photo pro if you are feeling a bit more confident with your photography you could swap it off that's a basic mode and get it into the likes of the programming mode which allows you to mess around with all kinds of different features and toggles you play around with all the usual stuff like white balance iso levels the brightness you can play around with the autofocus settings so for instance change it off continuous autofocus to single or even manual and you can also deactivate the eye autofocus if you want change the focal area and of course once again you can swap between all of the various lenses to get the exact kind of shot you want and you've got the other camera modes you'd expect to find on a dslr as well including shutter speed priority if you're trying to get really funky a nighttime shot for instance you've got manual exposure and memory recall and last of course there is an 8 megapixel selfie snapper here on the xperia 5 mark iii as well although i wouldn't expect too much from that because on the xperia mark 3 definitely felt like a bit of an afterthought the kind of thing that somebody's not really expecting people to use very often at all so it should be all right for your basic sort of shareable shots online that's about it so there you have it.

Sony Xperia 5 III Unboxing & Full Tour
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 that in a nutshell is the sony xperia 5 mark iii and as i say i've got my sim in there already i'm going to be testing it out as my full-time personal smartphone ahead of my in-depth review stuff they come back for that to see what i think of the battery life the camera tech the performance all that good stuff but what do you guys reckon are you tempted by the xperia 5 mark you should be hitting the uk next month for 900 quid definitely quite a pricey handset but it's got some very cool and unique features packed way in there and at least it is cheaper than that flagship so be greeted your.

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