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Sony Xperia 1 III annihilates Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra in speed test but offers more mixed results in camera comparison

Sony Xperia 1 III vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: The Xperia was faster. (Image source: Sony/Samsung, TechNick/Vật Vờ Studio -edited)
Sony Xperia 1 III vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: The Xperia was faster. (Image source: Sony/Samsung, TechNick/Vật Vờ Studio -edited)
The Sony Xperia 1 III has started appearing in numerous review and test videos on YouTube. Two recent videos have tested both the Xperia 1 III’s speed and camera equipment against the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. While the Sony smartphone’s photos seemed like a mixed bag, its performance and speed were exemplary.
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While Xperia fans around most of the world wait patiently to get their hands on the Sony Xperia 1 III, reviews and benchmark runs of the Japanese flagship smartphone have started cropping up on YouTube. One from the very popular Vietnamese channel Vật Vờ Studio features a camera and photo comparison with the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra while another by TechNick contains rapid-fire rounds of app, benchmark, and game speed tests that show just how fast the Xperia 1 III is.

In the camera comparison, the Galaxy S21 Ultra subjectively has the edge over the Xperia 1 III, although a low-light image certainly shows the Sony device can produce better results than the Samsung rival in some situations. However, the S21 Ultra seems to offer sharper and brighter images as a whole. Fortunately, when it came to TechNick’s thorough speed testing, the Sony Xperia 1 III more than held its own.

Both devices sport the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 12 GB LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, and 120 Hz displays, so a benchmark comparison between the two is reasonable. The Xperia 1 III has a slight advantage with its cleaner version of Android 11, and it devastated the Galaxy S21 Ultra in the apps speed test: 20 pts vs. 5 pts. The Sony flagship opened common system apps and editing apps faster than the Samsung phone, and it was mostly faster with opening games too.

As for benchmark apps, the Sony Xperia 1 III was quicker than the S21 Ultra in both Geekbench 5 and 3DMark Wild Life, leaving the latter phone picking up a handful of points with entertainment apps such as Spotify and Netflix. RAM management was a roughly equal affair while the Xperia 1 III delivered better battery life and booted up faster than the S21 Ultra. The end result for the whole run was 23 points for the Sony phone and just 6 points for the Samsung device.

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Camera comparison. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
Camera comparison
Camera comparison. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
Camera comparison
Camera comparison. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
Camera comparison
Camera comparison. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
Camera comparison. (Image source: Vật Vờ Studio)
Xperia 1 III vs. Galaxy S21 Ultra. (Image source: TechNick)
Xperia 1 III vs. S21 Ultra. (Image source: TechNick)
 
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My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-06-18 (Update: 2021-06-18)