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Sony Xperia 1 III falls short of its competitors in DxOMark's display test

Sony makes much of the Xperia 1 III's display in marketing materials. (Image source: Sony)
Sony makes much of the Xperia 1 III's display in marketing materials. (Image source: Sony)
On paper, the Xperia 1 III has an excellent display. In practice, the 4K, 120 Hz and OLED display does not get that bright. DxOMark has knocked the device down a peg or two with complaints about strong green tints, too. Accordingly, the camera specialists do not rate the Xperia 1 III's display highly.

Theoretically, the Xperia 1 III has one of the best displays of any modern smartphone. Not only has Sony equipped the device with an OLED panel, but a 4K and 120 Hz one at that. We were not impressed by its peak brightness when we reviewed it, though. The Xperia 1 III fell short of its predecessor with average peak brightness of 539 cd/m², which is well behind its contemporaries from Apple, Samsung and Xiaomi.

Now, DxOMark has analysed the Xperia 1 III's display, the summary of which we have embedded below. Unfortunately for Sony, DxOMark has awarded the Xperia 1 III a score of 86 points, only good enough for 21st place in its leaderboard. The Xperia 1 III scores 8 points more than the Xperia 5 III, mind you, despite the similarities between their two displays.

In fairness to Sony, the Xperia 1 III's score is only one point short of the Mi 11 Ultra's. Principally, the Xperia 1 III falls down on its low peak brightness and noticeable green tint, although the latter could be worse on DxOMark's unit than on others.

Nonetheless, all iPhone 13 series displays exceed 90 points, including the iPhone 13 mini. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and P50 Pro are well ahead of the Xperia 1 III, underlining that the more expensive smartphone does not always contain superior hardware. As we discussed in our review earlier this year, the Xperia 1 III excels in other areas, such as its triple rear-facing cameras.

(Image source: DxOMark)

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Alex Alderson, 2021-10-29 (Update: 2021-10-29)