Sony Xperia 1 IV vs Xperia 1 III: What is the distinction?

(Pocket-lint) – Sony introduced the successor to its Xperia 1 III smartphone throughout a Could occasion, providing the same design however upgrades right here and there, together with within the digicam division.

Do you have to improve when you have the Xperia 1 III? Or if you’re deciding between the 2 fashions, which is the correct one for you?

We have put the Xperia 1 IV and the Xperia 1 III up in opposition to one another to judge the similarities and the variations and what they imply to see how the previous mannequin and new mannequin evaluate.



  • Xperia 1 IV: 165 x 71 x 8.2mm, 185g, IP65/IP68
  • Xperia 1 III: 165 x 71 x 8.2mm, 186g, IP65/IP68

There’s little distinction between the Sony Xperia 1 IV and the Xperia 1 III by way of design, until you look actually intently, so it will not matter which you choose when you’re deciding between them by way of look, and you will not discover a lot distinction in design when you’re upgrading.

Each the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 1 III have a flat-slab design that followers have come to know and love in Xperia units, with bezels on the high and backside of the show and flat, squared off edges. There’s glass on the again of each – Corning Gorilla Victus within the case of the Xperia 1 IV, a vertical digicam housing within the high left nook of each they usually each include a devoted digicam shutter button on the correct edge – one thing the flagship Xperia handsets have lengthy supplied.

The 2 handsets additionally function similar measurements at 165 x 71 x 8.2mm, although the Xperia 1 IV is a gram lighter at 185g in comparison with 186g. The primary noticeable distinction is the Xperia 1 IV has a unique lens on the rear, which means some variations in look in comparison with the Xperia 1 III, and it additionally ditches the Google Assistant button.

In any other case, each units are IP65 and IP68 water and mud resistant they usually each have a entrance going through digicam within the high bezel of the show.


  • Xperia 1 IV: 6.5-inch, OLED, Actual-time HDR, 3840 x 1644, 50 per cent brighter
  • Xperia 1 III:  6.5-inch, OLED, HDR, 3840 x 1644

Each the Sony Xperia 1 IV and the Xperia 1 III have a 6.5-inch OLED HDR show that provides a 4K (3840 x 1644) decision and a 120Hz refresh fee so you will get the identical element and pace from each units on the subject of scrolling and watching content material. 

In addition they each have a 21:9 side ratio – which has been the case on the Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 10 ranges since they launched in 2019 so it will likely be a really comparable expertise, and one which’s anticipated to be nice on the subject of watching films.

The place the Xperia 1 IV differs nonetheless is the brightness. The 2022 flagship is claimed to supply a 50 per cent brighter show to its predecessor, together with what Sony calls Actual-time HDR help.

This could make all the pieces punchier and extra vivid on the Xperia 1 IV show, which in flip ought to provide a greater viewing expertise for images and media. We thought the Xperia 1 III may have carried out with a brighter show once we reviewed it so it is an enchancment we’re happy to see.

{Hardware} and specs

  • Xperia 1 IV: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, microSD, 5000mAh
  • Xperia 1 III: Snapdragon 888, 12GB RAM, 256GB storage, microSD, 4500mAh

As you would possibly anticipate, there are some upgrades on the subject of {hardware} too. The Sony Xperia 1 IV runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform, whereas the Xperia 1 III runs on final yr’s Snapdragon 888 chipset. Naturally the SD 8 Gen 1 is the extra highly effective chipset, however the SD888 ran a number of the finest units of 2021 so it is nonetheless greater than succesful.

Each units provide 12GB of RAM and 256GB of inside storage so there is no distinction there, they usually each include help for microSD as much as 1TB – one thing opponents like Samsung do not provide.

There’s additionally a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 1 III, which can also be a function many different flagship smartphones omit, however for these trying to make use of the audio system moderately than headphones, the Xperia 1 IV has full-stage stereo audio system.

There a battery improve on the Xperia 1 IV too, with a 5000mAh cell powering the system, in comparison with the 4500mAh cell within the Xperia 1 III, and this could make a distinction. It is price remembering that the Xperia 1 IV’s display is brighter although and there are extra digicam options too so this would possibly eat up a few of that additional battery capability.

Each the Xperia 1 IV and Xperia 1 III include 30W quick charging for 50 per cent cost in half-hour they usually each provide wi-fi charging too. The Xperia 1 IV does not provide the charger or the charging cable within the field although.


  • Xperia 1 IV: Triple rear digicam, 12MP entrance digicam
  • Xperia 1 III: Triple rear digicam, 8MP entrance digicam

The digicam is the place the most important adjustments have been made on the Xperia 1 IV. Sporting a triple rear digicam, the Xperia 1 IV has a 12-megapixel fundamental digicam with a 24mm lens and optical picture stabilisation, a 12-megapixel 16mm lens and a 12-megapixel Optical Zoom lens providing 85mm to 125mm equal, additionally with OIS. There is a 3D time-of-flight sensor too.

All three fundamental lenses are able to capturing 120fps and all three lenses provide real-time Eye AF, whereas Eye AF has additionally been added to video together with object monitoring. There is a wider dynamic mode too, in addition to reside streaming so there’s fairly a couple of updates.

Not everybody will use a few of these options, and we stated in our Xperia 1 III that the digicam system was fairly complicated and maybe pointless when some nice outcomes come from computational images, although they are going to be interesting options for some.

The Xperia 1 III has a triple rear digicam made up of three 12-megapixel sensors. Considered one of these sensors is a periscope lens that is ready to swap between 70mm and 105mm for 2 totally different telephoto choices of round 3x and 4.4x, each optical and each providing OIS. The Xperia 1 IV improves on this, with the lens itself shifting.

There’s additionally a 12-megapixel 1/1.7in fundamental digicam on the Xperia 1 III and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide digicam on board and it too has a 3D ToF digicam too to feed information into the real-time monitoring system.

The entrance digicam of the Xperia 1 III is a 12-megapixel sensor, whereas the Xperia 1 III has an 8-megapixel sensor so the most recent system presents enhancements for selfies too.


The Sony Xperia 1 IV presents a really comparable design and look to the Xperia 1 III however it delivers some enhancements to the show, updates to the digicam system and developments in {hardware}.

The largest speaking level of the Xperia 1 IV is the Optical Zoom lens, delivering a 85-125mm equal, which is alleged to be a primary for a smartphone, however it additionally presents a brighter display, improve in battery capability and it strikes to the most recent Snapdragon processor so that you robotically get a bump in efficiency too. 

Do you have to improve over the Xperia 1 III? That may depend upon how effectively that Optical Zoom lens performs in the true world and whether or not that is a function you might be searching for out of your smartphone. Should you’re which system to choose between the 1 IV and the 1 III then the 1 IV is clearly the higher on paper, although you will save your self some money choosing the older – and nonetheless very succesful – system if the brand new options aren’t one thing you are determined for.

Extra about this story

We do plenty of versus options on Pocket-lint, however we aren’t simply evaluating the spec sheets once we write them. We’re utilizing our information and expertise of earlier units, in addition to the broader market to attract conclusions designed that will help you in making your selections.

On this case, we have now reviewed the Xperia 1 III in full however we’re but to evaluation the Xperia 1 IV in full so this function is partly primarily based on our real-life expertise, and partly primarily based on details about the most recent system that’s accessible within the public area, mixed with the additional particulars we have been supplied with.

We have now a great understanding of Sony units which helps us to focus on the place the variations lie and the place enhancements have been made, and the intention is to offer you as a lot info as attainable that will help you make an knowledgeable choice between the 2 handsets being in contrast.

Writing by Britta O’Boyle.