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Sony’s $ 1,000 compact Xperia 5 III finally on sale in the US

Sony doesn’t sell a lot of smartphones in the US, so it’s always great news when a new one arrives, especially a high-end model. After launching in other regions last year, the Xperia 5 III is now available in the United States for $ 1,000, Ars Technica reported.

The Xperia 5 III is slightly smaller than the company’s flagship Xperia 1 III, but has fairly similar specifications. It comes with a Snapdragon 888 SoC, a 6.1-inch 2520 x 1080 (21: 9) 120Hz display, 8GB of RAM (compared to 12GB for the 1 III) and 128GB of storage, as well as ‘a triple camera setup with a 12-megapixel main camera, 12-megapixel ultra-wide and 12-megapixel 3x telephoto lens. It offers a Gorilla Glass 6 display and IP65 / 68 water resistance and if you don’t mind Sony’s typically square design cues, it looks very upscale.

The screen offers 10-bit color depth and is “powered by CineAlta” (the name of its high-end cinema cameras), so it should display accurate colors and skin tones. The cameras aren’t particularly high-res, but they do have Zeiss lenses “calibrated specifically for Xperia,” Sony said. The main camera has a stacked back-illuminated Exmor RS image sensor, offering burst speeds of 20 fps with tracking AF and AE. On the video side, it offers Cinematography Pro also powered by CineAlta, with 4K HDR up to 120 fps.

In other words, this is a first smartphone designed for people who really enjoy photography or video. It’s not for everyone since it costs $ 1,000 at Best Buy and elsewhere, but it’s good to have another premium smartphone option for the US market.

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