Xperia 1 III photo files drop the DCS prefix and the battery life cost of 120 Hz usage is revealed
There is good news for seasoned Sony Xperia fans who don’t look forward to organizing their photos via a different device. According to the noted tipster ZACKBUKS, Sony has dropped the “DCS” prefix found at the beginning of photo files located in a phone's internal/external storage. Apparently, a “20210531XXXX” date file-naming system will be used in the Xperia 1 III, which will make organization on a computer so much more straightforward than before.
While the removal of “DCS” will be good news for many, information about the heat development and battery life cost of the Sony Xperia 1 III running at 120 Hz is more of a mixed bag. The same source claimed that at 60 Hz usage the Xperia 1 III runs at a similar temperature to the Xperia 1 II and battery life is not too different either. The older flagship smartphone came with a 4,000-mAh battery while the 2021 successor offers a larger 4,500-mAh unit.
However, switching the Sony Xperia 1 III to 120 Hz during gaming has some unsurprisingly notable effects, especially when compared to the predecessor (running at 60 Hz). It seems users can expect a smartphone that is “3 degrees” (source is from China, so this means Celsius) warmer than the older model, although it is more than likely that the Snapdragon 888 SoC in the Xperia 1 III contributes considerably to this difference. While the heat development does not seem like much of an issue, the battery life expectancy decreasing by 25-30% in 120 Hz mode could certainly be a problem for some.
It is to be expected that a device with a more powerful processor and double the refresh rate will suck its battery dry faster than an older phone running at 60 Hz. Sony is likely using the Xperia 1 III’s 4K 120 Hz capability mostly as a marketing ploy to help the device stand out of an ever-increasingly competitive market, as many users might stick to 60 Hz anyway to save the battery. It seems the Sony Xperia 1 III will have a staggered release, with rumors suggesting it will be the end of August before the phone makes it to North America.