Recent leaks from ZACKBUKS, a prominent user on Chinese social network Weibo, have revealed what to expect from the successor to the Sony Xperia 1 II, which will apparently stick with the same naming convention and be branded Sony Xperia 1 III.
Sony believes this branding, which borrows a common convention with professional cameras, makes it easier for customers.
Regardless of the (somewhat) clunky name, the Xperia 1 III sounds like a real beast. According to ZACKBUKS, Sony is preparing a periscope zoom camera to provide lossless quality images from a distance. While the Xperia 1 II had a 3x optical telephoto camera, the addition of a periscope system – like those we’ve already seen on flagship phones from Huawei and Samsung – could allow Sony to support 5x or 10x zoom capabilities on its next handset.
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Under the bonnet, ZACKBUKS claims we’ll find a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. We wouldn’t expect any less than this system-on-a-chip on a top-tier handset in 2021. Sony is coupling that chipset with either 12GB or 16GB of RAM, depending on which model you buy.
Frankly, that’s the amount of memory you’d expect to find in most laptops… provided the tipster is accurate, there should be no chance of seeing any stuttering or loading with the Xperia 1 III, regardless of whether you’re playing graphics-intensive games, editing video, or more.
Based on previous years, we had expected to see the Xperia 1 III announced sometime in June with a release date scheduled for a few months later. However, ZACKBUKS thinks Sony will shake things up this year, with the Xperia 1 III announced as early as this month alongside a new Sony Xperia 10 III and Sony Xperia 5 III.
Sony has announced a hardware event on April 14, 2021. The Japanese company updated the banner image on its official YouTube channel to reveal the date of the next showcase, however, there’s no confirmation of whether this is when we’ll get confirmation about the Xperia 1 III, or any of the other handsets reported by ZACKBUKS.
Don’t worry though, Express.co.uk will have all the news on the Xperia 1 III as soon as it’s confirmed, so stay tuned right here.