The Sony Xperia 1 III gives you $200 earbuds when you preorder in the US — and for $1300, it should

by Jeremy

The Sony Xperia 1 III (read “one mark three”) is finally available to preorder in the United States. The device will not come cheap, retailing for $1300 with seemingly no carrier partnerships public for device installments.

Sony hopes to justify the price with tempting add-ons to sweeten the pot. The company offers a free pair of its previous flagship wireless earbuds, the Sony WF-1000XM3. They were released in 2019 but still feature impressive active noise cancellation that rivals even the best wireless earbuds.

For gamers, Sony also includes 43,200 CP points for Call of Duty: Mobile, valued at $540. These points are used to purchase items and weapons in the game to enhance your player.Sony

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These freebies will be available to anyone who purchases the Xperia 1 III from Sony by September 26.

Of course, Sony also hopes that the smartphone’s strong spec sheet will entice potential buyers. The Xperia 1 III is the world’s first smartphone to feature a 4K display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The 6.5-inch OLED display comes in a 21:9 aspect ratio, which Sony touts as ideal for entertainment since it’s the standard in which most films are shot.

James Peckham over at TechRadar was fairly impressed with the display, particularly with the 120Hz refresh rate and the tall aspect ratio, although he finds 4K can be wasted on smartphone screens:

If you’re looking for a phone to watch films, videos, or TV shows, the Xperia 1 III is a great option. The 21:9 aspect ratio also offers something unique for mobile gaming, allowing you to see more of the playing environment than on other handsets.

The device also has a new 12MP variable telephoto lens capable of switching between 70mm and 105mm focal lengths. Mobile phones like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra require two separate lenses for changing focal points, so it’s impressive that Sony managed to achieve the same feat with just one sensor.

In his review, Patrick Holland over at CNET, found this to be a strong point for the smartphone, saying that the zoom lens “captures excellent photos, especially in terms of image quality and detail.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t completely impressed with the camera software due to some changes Sony made by rolling the “Basic” camera app into its pro apps.Openingg the Photo Pro app to record videos and access a slow-motion mod is strangee. There has to be a better way. When you register a video in Basic mode, there is a long delay between hitting the stop record button and the recording stopping.

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