Sony has just announced its next flagship phone, and in many ways the Xperia I III sees the Samsung Galaxy S21 and iPhone 12 as a formidable rival in many areas.
It is the first phone with a 120Hz 4K display, the first with a variable telephoto lens and one of only high-end phones that still packs a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD card expandability. And A display that completely cuts a notch or camera cutout. On paper, it is likely to be the best phone.
Sony is also playing heavily in its legacy and other notable areas of its business. For example, the camera is inspired by its critically acclaimed Alpha line, which features a dedicated app designed to mimic the functionality of one of those outstanding cameras. You’ve got the Cinelata option for the Bravia technology inside video recording and display. All in all, this is a veritable feast of Sony’s best packaged in an Android phone.
This is in addition to Sony’s arguably most well-known brand – PlayStation.
What about PlayStation?
I still find it strange that Sony Mobile (which I fully understand is a separate department for PlayStation) does not play much in the PlayStation brand when designing the Xperia phone. This seems like a clear decision.
Gaming phones are everywhere and with Asus ROG Phone 5, they are really now very Good. Sony still needs to be really influential so that people can actually eat the cash and buy their phones, rather than stick to Apple or Samsung.
Recently rumors have surfaced about Sony that it is bringing some of its big franchisees to mobile and if they can somehow connect to Xperia phones then it will help them to offer something different. Sony is probably not going to make an uncapped or God of War mobile for Xperia, but if I’m sure the appeal of the handset will increase.
Sony currently has no portable game console and is closing the PS Vita store later this year, ending that product more than before. But the success of the Nintendo Switch suggests that there is a hunger for truly excellent portable gaming. A combination PlayStation and Xperia phones with the power offered by Sony Studios’ top titles and existing high-end mobile chips seems like a match made in portable gaming heaven. At least for my sake.
But it’s not just games where some PlayStation DNA can help improve the Xperia phone. Maybe we can focus on some bold designs or hetics brought from the PS5, which is what makes the Dualision Controller so special. Heck, even a bundled Xperia version of a PS5 controller and a better remote play app would suffice.
(Good) Rise of Gaming Phones
This year there has already been an influx of gaming-specific phones and there is Even on rumors Qualcomm is set to launch a dedicated Snapdragon-powered portable console at some point. The idea is great, but without quality games that aren’t just multiplayer shooters, success just isn’t forthcoming. There is a difference in the market for modern PlayStation Xperia phones and I would love Sony to keep up with the idea.
Oh, and before you start saying that, in fact, Sony did this before with the Xperia Play – well, the less it is said the better. As reliable review editor Al said of Sony’s controller-phone phone (picture above), “great idea, terrible implementation”.