Leak: Sony Xperia 1 III to feature an improved zoom lens

Thanks to leaked renders posted by OnLeaks, we’re getting an early glimpse at Sony’s next flagship smartphone: the Sony Xperia 1 III.

The OnLeaks report suggests the upcoming phone features a much more powerful zoom lens than the previous model. In addition, the report claims we all can look forward to 5G and  “extremely” thin bezels.

Xperia 1 III leaks (via OnLeaks)

  • Flat 6.5″ 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display
  • Extremely thin bezels
  • Triple lens camera setup with 3D iToF sensor
  • 5G support
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • MicroSDXC slot
  • Dual front firing speakers

Xperia 1 III houses a much better zoom lens

The Verge noticed the leaked images of the Xperia 1 III depicts the phone featuring a squared-off housing. Smartphones with periscope designs often have this kind of housing. According to The Verge, if the Xperia 1 III features a periscope design, it’ll enjoy 5x or more optical reach than the previous models. To give you more context, the past Xperia phones had a 2x and 3x optical zoom. If the Xperia 1 III houses a periscope design, expect it to shoot at longer ranges and retain higher image quality.

Sony Xperia 1 III leaked image
Image courtesy: OnLeaks

5G support?

OnLeaks also reports the Sony Xperia 1 III features 5G support. Many new smartphones support 5G, so this isn’t shocking. Sony released a pro version of the Xperia 1 II with 5G support. That tells us it’s highly likely Sony will include 5G support here as well.

Simple design

It appears the Xperia 1 III’s design is simple. We can see the phone’s bezels are thin, fitted inside a 21:9 aspect ratio. Also, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack along with a microSDXC card slot.


There’s no leaks regarding the phone’s price. The one concern OnLeaks brings up in its leak is the phone’s price.

“Sony smartphones [haven’t] been competitively priced and this will need to change if the Xperia 1 III is to succeed,” Steve Hemmerstoffer writes on OnLeaks.

Sony released a pro version of the Xperia 1 II, however, its 2.5K price is out of reach for many.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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