Sony Xperia 1 III: The Ultimate Enthusiast Phone!

Publicado el 1 jul 2021
Sony's newest phone is both the most impressive and the most niche phone they've ever made.

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Phone provided by Sony for review.



  • It really should be called Xperia 1 iii ( pronounced as Third)

  • The 4K screen is a deal breaker for me (believe it or not). I can hardly tell the difference and isn't worth the battery trade off.

  • That 1s wait on auto rotation is like a 1 lifetime

  • Not an enthusiast. I'll just never ever buy a phone that doesn't have expandable storage and a headphone jack. These aren't enthusiast features, they're basic necessities for anyone who doesn't like throwing away headphones every 2 years and buying a new phone the moment their storage is compromised by data being overwritten on their phones to the point the storage itself starts to fail and the phone gradually becomes a brick. These aren't fancy enthusiast features, they're just eco-friendly and anti-consumeristic.

  • Sony pushed me away when they ditched phones jack on XZ2 and strong hires audio support (in favour of their "walkmans" and wireless headphones), leaving useless may 650$ paid Sony cable hires headphones. Thats when I turned to Sasmung S10 (headphone jack). After S10 I used to BT headphones, sold 650$ headphones for 150$. Now is too late for turniing back when I switiched to Apple. Yes, I am one of these "enthusiasts", but Sony pissed me off when they throw away Hires audio and 3.55mm jack (funny, they are inventors of SACD).

  • I love Sony phones because they're the easiest to get your around them. Literally get it, charge it, use it without having to go through a tutorial and bonus it's great for music and pics.

  • Ok that Auto-Rotation Problem works only with that App, every other App and UI Auto Rotation works perfekt. And this Problem is by every Android Phone with that App and not only Xperia. But tbh why would mkbhd show us that? I have no f idea…. A liitle bit desapointed about him tbh, can I thrust him anymore?

  • No mention of the video capabilities?

  • 5 mins in.. had enough of "enthusiast"

  • „A feature that you don‘t really see in many features today“ :)


  • I like the slim bezels on the top & bottom.

  • idc how much he says make the sexiest phones.

  • Though I love sony so much but the battery is a big no for me

  • I want the Sony Experia Ace 2 🔥

  • Just bought a Xperia 1 mark I as a spare phone and I must say the screen is incredible. Although you might not be able to see the difference instantly. But whenever you switch phone, you will see the difference and appreciate it's 4k resolution

    • Maybe Marques is getting old, I remember him saying "you won't notice a difference going from 1440p to 1080p"

  • very nice, now we just need removable battery and CLOCK AT THE RIGHT SIDE BeCAuSE ITS SO DuMB.. dont ignore the not-rounded screen, so awesome.. I IDENTIFY AS SQUARE! and 0:49 dont worry, i dont got friends Nice video and have a nice day everyone!

  • Sony's cam game is still top dog.

  • This is truly an anti apple phone

  • Headphone jack is something which shouldn't be an enthusiast feature . It should be in every phone

  • Most probably piezo actuated camera lenses.

  • I need MI MAX 4.. the only phone that can replace my MI MAX 3.

  • He's right, it's an enthusiasts phone ....but what about an iPhone ? A fool's phone ?? Same design for the last 4-5 years ...yet best phone ever according to MKBHD

    • This isn't an enthusiasts phone, it's just Marques trying to put it down.

    • Why change design if it works? Xperia 5 has same design now three years in a row.

  • should I buy this or pixel 6pro ???!! 😮‍💨😮‍💨😮‍💨😮‍💨

    • Depends. Do you want better hardware or better software?

  • I think we're all forgetting something important. How long is this going to get updates for?

    • Three to four years knowing Sony. Perhaps five.

  • The reason you can turn off 120Hz is because when 120Hz is active it switches to 1440p and is only 4K when you’re at 60Hz

    • Oh ok

    • @Technological Penguin Yes it can I have the phone and have tested it.. That was just a false rumor from GSMArena, which Sony later corrected them on.

    • No it cannot!!!😠

    • The phone can run 4K (1644x3840) and 120Hz simultaneously.

  • Samsung: * does a show where they spend a ton of time talking about their matte black phone * Other companies: "Ok, boys! Time to release our phones with a color that's practically (if not completely) identical to Samsung's!" matte black

    • Check out the Xperia Z5 from 2015


  • 4k screen permanently enabled consume more battery power. no disabling 4k means no battery power saving.

    • It automatically switches to 2K when no 4K content is available

  • I know someone already asked this but what carrier will carry this phone in the US?

  • Damn bruh. You say "Enthusiast" like MxRMods used to say "immersive" lmao 😆

  • Agree with the autorotate, my 5ii has the same issue lol really annoying, don't fully agree with the camera tho, yes it can get noisy sometimes which is a shame but the colors are much more natural, imo better than Samsung which put to much fake filters over it, I'm not saying it's game changing or by far the best out there but it does give nice natural and neutral colors

  • did they fix the issue with the screen rotate

  • Soo. For you out there that haven't owned a Sony phone. Let me tell you a bit here that these (short term) tests do not reveal. I had multiple Sony phones, last one being the XZ3. I decided to then try a Samsung S20+. While the Samsungs are nice, there are just quite a few things Sony does a lot better: 1) The adaptive brightness on Samsung straight out sucks compared to the Sony phones. Annoys me how often I have to manually adjust it. And yes, this is with no screen protector covering the sensor. 2) The camera settings on the Samsung lacks the option to scale down the quality of the pictures you take. If you like me just want to save your pictures in 4 or 6MP instead of a crazy resolution that takes up all your space - no option for that. I find that extremely annoying. 3) The fingerprint reader on the back of the XZ3 was an extremely nice feature. Once you get used to it, it is extremely hard to go back to anything else. The facial recognition on the S20+ never did it for me.. 4) Overall, you can just tell that Sony put a lot more effort into customizing their software. It has a lot of options of tweaking stuff to your liking that Samsung doesn't offer. 5) Sony phones has a smart charging feature that will detect your usual battery charging pattern and will stop the charging at around 80%, only to charge the remaining final 20% right before you usually disconnect it, say early in the morning. This ensures you do not damage the battery or shorten the life of it. For me, what got me buying a Samsung was the ease of being able to repair it almost anywhere in the world. I was traveling outside Europe and broke my screen on the XZ3 - was impossible to find a place to get it repaired and had to send it back by DHL.

  • Intro track is Warimba by 20syl

  • Crap all Sony phones are smaller in width

  • Hi Marques! Great review. question: please let me know if you can comment on the quality of the stabilization on the Sony cameras on this phone. Is their Stabilizing system as good as Apple's? Also, you described other Sony cameras that you have used and were not so enthusiastic about the color the noise, the sharpness. But the pictures you showed were much better than you realized in my opinion. I was looking at the center of the photos you showed of your larger camera on a tripod and it looked perfect. Obviously the whole photo can't be perfectly sharp edge to edge in most cases due to the lens position. But that is not the camera's fault if depth of field is too shallow and if there is flare or some other user factor going on. Please react if you can. And I'm anything but a Sony Fan Boy. I don't usually understand their menus etc. and have put off buying most of their gear for years.

    • Their stabilization is pretty much top notch compared to anything else on the market. iPhone MIGHT have better colors in stills through computational photography, but the jankiness of their video stabilization leaves a lot to be desired if you're not using a gimbal. And Marques obviously used JPEG mode for all the photos, which leaves about 50% of the performance on the table - hence the softness and "muted" colors. They're SUPPOSED to be muted so you can edit them in post. As for video, I think Sony's flat color profiles and 10-bit 4K recording is brilliant. And being able to keep a constant shutter angle is a godsend for video, which is a feature pretty much no other phone camera I'm aware of has. As for menus, all these reviewers act like knowing how to use WB, ISO, focus, shutter, and aperture controls is a huge problem for everyday users. It's really not. The menus are actually quite intuitive.

  • I had a Sony flagship, it was crap, no more Sony.

  • 8:24 I guess its because of the 4k. System requires time to calculate the ppi Sony might fix that in future updates. Fingers crossed 🤞

  • An enthusiast would want a phone focused on specific aspects, e.g. pro-photography (cybershot), hi-res audio (walkman), video (Sony pro-video cams), etc. How else can any phone be called "enthusiast" without a focus.... unless you mean a Sony enthusiast?

  • Sony mobile is good Sony don't have watch Sony should release new watch

  • uh man I need help, If any American has bought this phone, can you please let me know by replying this

    • @Pixels well, there is an offer for codm with that phone for us residence, if you don play codm its useless for you, you can help me : )

  • I'm into not having a hole punch / notch on my front screen and a headphone jack.

  • I feel like the placement of the head phone jack being on the opposite side of the changing port was a poor choice. Because now you have to keep your phone upright in your pocket will using wired buds. That will lead to the charging port being vulnerable to pesky lint attacks

  • Minolta used the horizontal zooming lenses in some of their compact cameras in the early 2000s. It worked very well but was very expensive to produce so they stopped

  • The best feature of this phone is the notification LED....!

  • My Xperia XZ Premium still works well after 4 years. Battery capacity is still at 92% which is unheard of in the mobile industry. Just bought the Xperia 1 III to upgrade and its amazing. Definitely not just for enthusiast and there's no issues with it, including the auto rotate.

  • Man said he feels like Doug Demurro

  • Come on they make Headphones speakers TVs camera ps5s and what not they gonna do it

  • I say it sony mark iii Explaining 3rd gen for the best sony phone the #1

  • This phone is beautiful. There's like 5 small issues that if they fixed, this would be the literal perfect phone.

  • If you could reduce the screen resolution to get a decent amount of battery life this would literally be the perfect phone 😩

    • It runs at 1080p automatically when outside of media apps.

  • What about price

  • Ultimate drinking game. Take a shot every time he says enthusiast 🥃

  • Sony's Contract: You may do a review of our phone as long as you cram the word, "enthusiast" into your video at least 500 times.

  • Periscope style camera zoom is actually a good setup, rather than having multiple lens with multiple sensors.

  • How Big is it ?

  • bt the wonder thing is my phone is the exact one u r showing in the video.. so why mine is named j9110? maybe is that the pblm?

  • hi mark.. hw can i swith on my sony j9110. i shut it down and 2 days later i tried to switch it on, i can't? what should i do bro? need a help badly😢😞😣

  • Very helpful thank you

  • Why the sarcasm Marques ,Am I missing something here?

  • I want this to be my next phone because of the camera. I heard it has the best camera out of all the phones. 🤷🏽‍♂️

  • Sony make such shite phones that when they break and you send it back to the Sony factory not even they can fix it, as the saying goes ' Sony don't make phones ,they make televisions ' also overpriced games consoles that overheat. If you buy Sony make sure you've got a set of electrical screwdrivers and a soldering iron - good luck

  • my dream phoneeeeee

  • Have they fixed the screen rotation yet

  • Sony will outlast any other smartphone

  • Marques at every nuances: “But that’s fine. It’s an enthusiast phone” 😂

  • Hehe Boi! That camera.

  • My phone rotates perfectly

  • "Enthusiast phone" huh! Yaa ofcourse man. Its sony. What do you expect?

  • is this guy enthusiast, such a confusing video, luckily not subscribed to this channel

  • I think it has potential if Sony makes it a bit wider and lessen the height. It looks pretty neat and camera sounds awesome 👌🏽

  • Luv the display 💀

  • 2:07 a feature that you don't see in many phones ;)

  • Well since my S7 edge started boot looping here I am. I really don't want it to go into the ewaste pile 😞 The sd card slot saved my baken cuz I could just plug it into a pc and most of my stuff was there.

  • Dual aperture is on s10

  • Wish they would go back their square design.. it used to set sony phones apart..

  • The way he roasted all phones unless its iphone😅

  • Phone of the Year! Thanks for the Review

  • 8:09 My Xperia 5 ii auto-rotate is 3 times faster...definitely a bug

  • Instagram and Tiktok don't work well. I never used them anyway. I think I finally found the phone I've been looking for. Thanks for the video :)

  • Love this and might buy as my main phone, but my issue is u can’t lower the 4K?? Rip battery. Might try to find an app to fix it at 1080p lol

  • Why you promoting XBox in SONY Phone...😅

  • I Really Like Sony. I wish this Phone Sony. Becouse Is Is My Fevorite Phone So Much. I Hope 1 people Give This To Me. ^_^ ^_^

  • No one: Literally no one: Marques: Puts iPhone wallpaper on Xperia

  • you used to be so honest man in your review now its content promotion

  • Meanwhile iphone 11:🤡🤡

  • We get it, you hate Sony. Stop with overusing the word enthusiast, it was cringe after the first 2 mins

  • Doesn't mention the actual battery length. Amateur.

  • 2:46 “boring design” but Apple has been rinse and repeating for the past 8 years

  • Miss My sony experia Z1 lasted in me in 5 years. .super reliable phone

  • Sony phones....they still keep all the good stuff and improve/add/experiment with new things...yeah,i only use sony phones since 2009 till today

  • Yeah but... I'm an enthusiast... is it REALLY Enthusiast? Or, is it only for certain enthusiasts? Enthusiasts want to know.

  • Sony amazing as always!

  • Got mine coming Monday can't wait 👍😁

  • Is Sony paying you for this review?

  • One of the best phones I ever had, was my old Sony Z1. After 5 years it got damaged. Then I moved to a cheap phone and now I just ordered the Iphone 13 Pro Max. Moving to Apple and will see how that goes. Wife has Iphone 12 mini too. Still...I do love Sony phones.

  • i need to get rich

  • 98000

  • 120hz and low brightness gets the screen green tint on the upper part.