Sony Xperia 1 III: The Ultimate Enthusiast Phone!

Published on Jul 1, 2021
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Sony's newest phone is both the most impressive and the most niche phone they've ever made.

Why people don't use Sony phones: usflow.info/tree/video/npy02a2RssF-cqs

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Intro Track: youtube.com/20syl
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Phone provided by Sony for review.

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  • shemmmo

    shemmmo

    Hour ago

    12:34 One important note here, Samsung or Xiaomi are more loaded or cheaper but they also are spying on you (yes you Xiaomi) or are having so much crappy features and SW installed that will be bothering you constantly.

  • Dave Hood

    Dave Hood

    5 hours ago

    Great review

  • alvin saddiq

    alvin saddiq

    6 hours ago

    ngl, everyone loves sony's smartphone. but not everyone want to buy them.

  • Kelvin Kam

    Kelvin Kam

    8 hours ago

    For the frequency he says enthusiast, this enthusiast suspects that he is being enthusiastically sarcastic.

  • Hanzo Hasashi

    Hanzo Hasashi

    8 hours ago

    Best part was camera and he was like mehh. People who buy sony they already know why they buy.

  • Teemu Vesala

    Teemu Vesala

    17 hours ago

    I actually don't like sim tray that's so easy to remove. Someone could easily just steal your micro-SD card and all the photos and info you left on it. Otherwise this seems great.

  • Tomasz

    Tomasz

    Day ago

    Basically you're right, this phone is for some very special people :)
    btw Why are you wearing that funny mask? planing some robbery or what? ;)

  • Hint Of Salt

    Hint Of Salt

    Day ago

    Ratio switch is probably like that because it's locked in 4k

  • SpookReel

    SpookReel

    2 days ago

    This review was a huge letdown.

  • E LB

    E LB

    2 days ago

    Australia. Where do you get it!!???

  • Evan

    Evan

    2 days ago

    The s10 had dual aperture too

  • Markosz

    Markosz

    2 days ago

    I am surprised every time I see a new Sony phone come out, cause I always think they died out.
    But apparently some people still buy these stupidly expensive bricks and it must still be profitable for them to continue selling them in so low quantities.

  • generic account

    generic account

    2 days ago

    So sad that a phone with all of the features a phone should have is now seen as an "enthusiast" phone. And man just say that you don't know how to use the camera, we will understand.

  • Leading Things

    Leading Things

    3 days ago

    Nice to see people still love sony and fans of it.. Sony just do better things u can beat Samsung ... Not Apple😜

    • Jay Trilling

      Jay Trilling

      Day ago

      And yet I bet you dont know Apple uses Sony lenses in their iPhone do you??? And a Samsung screen in the iPhone??? So where the HELL would the Apple iPhone be right now without Sony and Samsung.

  • Rocco Lucio

    Rocco Lucio

    3 days ago

    What happened to Sony? Sony suppose to be on top of it’s game. Nowadays it’s just Samsung vs IPhone. And also a few other brands like one plus, Asus, and others brands. About 8 years ago. Sony, Htc, Lg was on top of the phone lineage not iPhone or Samsung.

  • 888Prosper

    888Prosper

    3 days ago

    This phone is not as good as what they make our to be. I had a lg v50. Only swapped to this because it was faulty. Side by side the Sony screen is washed out with full colours. Battery life is rubbish. I don't get all the hype...

    • Pixels

      Pixels

      2 days ago

      Turn off creator mode

  • moreseun

    moreseun

    3 days ago

    Take my money Sony 🙏🏽

  • gggudtyf

    gggudtyf

    3 days ago

    Fact: Sony is the one who made 3.5 mm jack

  • jamz kels

    jamz kels

    3 days ago

    I don’t know features of Sony phones.But their design is the best in smartphones market.

  • Barry Perry

    Barry Perry

    4 days ago

    But what does it sound like

  • Kafi Iftekhar Jahan

    Kafi Iftekhar Jahan

    4 days ago

    In every word
    Enthusiast 🤣

  • Sheikh

    Sheikh

    4 days ago

    Sony finally convinced MKBHD after 6 years

  • rahul .

    rahul .

    4 days ago

    everything enthusiast, tf!

  • David Crehan

    David Crehan

    4 days ago

    I bought one with my half of rent 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • RudolfRelease

    RudolfRelease

    4 days ago

    My xperia 1 (first edition) still running great. I like the Mark iii a lot. The sad thing is, I never see people with a Sony smartphone, it is crazy - they are so reliable 👍

  • Lakeva

    Lakeva

    5 days ago

    Excuse the baby boomer question: what service/provider is available for this phone?

    • Pixels

      Pixels

      5 days ago

      Well that's the problem with Sony phones, they aren't available on service providers in most countries. You might be able to buy on their website or on Amazon but if they've completely exited from your market, you have no choice but to import it

  • AJayAnswersYou

    AJayAnswersYou

    5 days ago

    I bought this.

  • Berci Varga

    Berci Varga

    6 days ago

    I'm sure about it that Sony makes the best smartphones on the whole world and I'm sure about that that the newest Xperia 1III can competite the Iphone 13 pro max without any flaws.

  • Eddie G

    Eddie G

    6 days ago

    Hmm...smells like a paid review
    For the price there are many phones who do better at least on camera and battey

  • Jesse

    Jesse

    6 days ago

    Definitely saving some money and buying this !!!!

  • All Problem

    All Problem

    6 days ago

    Finally losing the note 9. Grabbing this.

  • jorgekontor

    jorgekontor

    6 days ago

    This or a iPhone 13 / 13 pro?

  • Joseph Carrino

    Joseph Carrino

    6 days ago

    I consider my self an enthusiast to find the best price to performance but to spend $1,200 on a phone that has horrible rotation on screen and poor battery life would make me a fool not an enthusiast..thx for upload 👍

  • Dream fish

    Dream fish

    6 days ago

    I first saw this phone as the sponsor of call of duty mobile championship

  • Charlotte Bema

    Charlotte Bema

    6 days ago

    I rotated my phone when this enthusiast phone was Been rotated.
    Enthusiast lagged behind my phone....

  • Mr. Cop&Swap

    Mr. Cop&Swap

    6 days ago

    Yeah I’m gonna need Samsung and apple to hit up Sony for camera’s

  • AB Flix

    AB Flix

    6 days ago

    Too much Enthusiasm
    Actually

  • James Powell

    James Powell

    7 days ago

    This shits on iPhone, like actually takes a shit on it

  • Hymen Breaker

    Hymen Breaker

    7 days ago

    camera software on this phone just bad tho.

  • Jay Boyee

    Jay Boyee

    7 days ago

    (only 4k wa!!! it takes up most of your batt.) (he's not mentally equipped for the 4k.) Growing up as a kid in the late 70's early 80's! I laugh at what kids today complain about, when it come's to a computed device's.. I'll tell you why. You weren't there. when the older generation didnt want computer's. didnt want robot's ! my generation had to fight these old geezers. its just heart breaking at what the younger generation complain about.

  • Jay Boyee

    Jay Boyee

    7 days ago

    I love the Sony PRO LOGIC. When i was a kid, everything had to be SONY.

  • Simple Frankie

    Simple Frankie

    7 days ago

    Samsung galaxy s21 plus vs sony mark 3

  • ismail öcal

    ismail öcal

    8 days ago

    Its basically a S20 FE for rich people.

  • HELM & THE AVIATOR

    HELM & THE AVIATOR

    8 days ago

    Take a shot every time Marques says enthusiast

  • Daniel

    Daniel

    8 days ago

    Take a shot everytime he says enthusiast... cya at the hospital.

  • Pierre Legrand

    Pierre Legrand

    8 days ago

    Auto rotate has been fixed

    • Pixels

      Pixels

      5 days ago

      It was never a problem

  • Ryan Martinez

    Ryan Martinez

    9 days ago

    screen only runs at 1096 x 2560 pixels except for select use cases

  • Keira Coleman

    Keira Coleman

    9 days ago

    Great piece but 1300€ for Sony...

  • ArchfiendRai

    ArchfiendRai

    9 days ago

    This is actually just kinda maddening. This is probably the most compelling phone I've seen in a while, so I log in to my tmobile to look prices, deals, accessories, etc, and it just *isn't fucking there.*
    And then I go to sony direct, see buy now. In stock on amazon. great. Not my preference. But whatever.
    Ships in two months.
    How the fuck am i supposed to buy your product if I can't fucking buy your product? Why can I not go to the store to try it out before I buy?
    Shit, no wonder people don't buy sony phones. they fucking *can't.*

  • Joshs Vision

    Joshs Vision

    9 days ago

    Part of me feels like you were low key making fun with the whole “21:9” bit, but you kept it a buck at the end. You didn’t try to mask your non-recommendation of the phone.

  • Sarah Hávilla Melo Oliveira

    Sarah Hávilla Melo Oliveira

    10 days ago

    Thinking on upgrading to it or it's predecessor from my galaxy note 9 next year
    Edit: I only buy anything if I feel it's worth it and this seems worth it. I don't want to upgrade to "a bit better".

  • F1 Racer

    F1 Racer

    10 days ago

    At this point you're far better off with a iphone 13 pro, or S22 ultra in 2 months, there's also Pixel 6 pro coming out in a month. I've been a Xperia owner, purchasing every flagship since 2013, NO MORE for me.

  • DxCK

    DxCK

    10 days ago

    You forgot it has sdcard slot which the s21 doesn't.

  • Home Theater System Blog

    Home Theater System Blog

    10 days ago

    I'm sure, lots of LG owners will or have switched to Sony devices, for the SOUND quality in earphones alone, since LG quit the market altogether.

  • Home Theater System Blog

    Home Theater System Blog

    10 days ago

    Except for the fingerprint being on the right, everything else is perfect. I'm used to fingerprint being on the back with LG.

  • EXTREME4YEARSTOCOME

    EXTREME4YEARSTOCOME

    11 days ago

    If I took a shot every time he said “enthusiast” I'd be dead.

  • killerskincanoe

    killerskincanoe

    11 days ago

    @mkbhd are you still carrying this? Or on to the next?

  • Russell Parker

    Russell Parker

    11 days ago

    Listen to me people, do not buy this phone it overheats doing simple tasks. I own one. Its dangerous. Get something else trust me. Its a fuck up from sony.

  • Robert Kelly

    Robert Kelly

    11 days ago

    It's better than Sony Xperia 1 Mark II and iPhone 12 Pro Max and on par with Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

  • sandmanoseven

    sandmanoseven

    12 days ago

    Just purchased this phone. Needed a dual sim, headphone jack, and a great camera.

  • Wright Owin

    Wright Owin

    13 days ago

    Is that the iPhone wallpaper

  • JS

    JS

    13 days ago

    Dunk a shot everytime he says "enthusiast!"

  • VIKAS

    VIKAS

    13 days ago

    "If you want to stand apart, stand-alone" Sony never targets the hurdle.

  • buddah1978egypt

    buddah1978egypt

    13 days ago

    The price rockets are ridiculous. Idiots paying stupid prices at apple started this off. You can buy 2 and a half PS5's for this and will last 4 times over.. And why so big.. I will stick to my 3 year old XA2

  • Weiwei Su

    Weiwei Su

    14 days ago

    So Marques basically means if you are a Sony fanboy then you should buy it; if not, don't.

  • Alie A.

    Alie A.

    14 days ago

    It's for € 1.299 in The Netherlands 😳 No, thanks!

  • Nick Chi

    Nick Chi

    14 days ago

    This guys a fucking joke

  • lpi3

    lpi3

    14 days ago

    If I have this phone I woild call it sony ichiban kawa. Ichiban is number one. Kawa is stream 川
    I'm not japanese and do not read manga.

  • exeterweathermodification watch

    exeterweathermodification watch

    15 days ago

    China doing well out of the recession...

  • Paul Dorman

    Paul Dorman

    16 days ago

    What an incredibly dishonest "review". It's patently clear that you've been bought and paid for and now serve only to promote products from Samsung, Apple, and Tesla, and shit on all the rest.
    All this incoherent attempt at a hit job has achieved is to make you look like a pathetic sell-out shill.

  • t0t0d!l3

    t0t0d!l3

    16 days ago

    If it could be a mini that be nice

  • Happy Cat!

    Happy Cat!

    16 days ago

    MB's liberal use of "enthusiast" and "niche" is a way for him to praise the phone and its features like expandable storage, headphone jack, no notch or punch hole cam, which should characterize every phone, without angering phone gods Apple and Samsung and their acolytes. He essentially marginalized a phone which would be perfect for a lot of normal people too.
    Well, no matter. It's clear that Sony doesn't want to sell any of these phones anyway. With no marketing and weak carrier support, few people are gonna know about this phone even if it happened to be perfect for them.

    • Happy Cat!

      Happy Cat!

      5 days ago

      @STE Show Thanks for the update. I would like to think that the phone is doing well, but it's probably more like Sony won't make a lot of them.

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      8 days ago

      @Happy Cat! Too early to tell. I'm just going by sites where they keep showing the phone as sold out

    • Happy Cat!

      Happy Cat!

      9 days ago

      @STE Show That's good news, any word on sales numbers?

    • Happy Cat!

      Happy Cat!

      9 days ago

      @STE Show That's good news, but any word on sales numbers?

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      15 days ago

      Apparently still sold out

  • Bablu

    Bablu

    17 days ago

    It looks like you're literally mocking Sony with the word "enthusiast" 😂

  • Ryan

    Ryan

    17 days ago

    I pre-ordered a frosted purple phone but they cancelled my order without warning. I called support and they said they couldn't help and that I'll just have to wait until it's back in stock to order it again. I ordered a different brand instead.

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      15 days ago

      Missing out

  • Maciej D

    Maciej D

    17 days ago

    S10 have variable aperture too. I found out after u bought it, cuz they did not adversite it i think.

  • Francisco Medina

    Francisco Medina

    17 days ago

    Wow.

  • Francisco Medina

    Francisco Medina

    17 days ago

    Wow.

  • Moshe Lev Ceder

    Moshe Lev Ceder

    17 days ago

    What's the intro song? (Only the channel is linked)

  • Adriana Dinu

    Adriana Dinu

    18 days ago

    is this 5G?

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      15 days ago

      Yup

  • Amran Ahmed

    Amran Ahmed

    18 days ago

    neci

  • Randy Gee

    Randy Gee

    18 days ago

    Shame Canada won’t support this phone for 5 g , I guess I’ll wait for pixel 6 pro .

  • Taslim Khan

    Taslim Khan

    19 days ago

    ya i want this phone wait what's the price omg.

  • zXzSWITCHzXz

    zXzSWITCHzXz

    19 days ago

    Yep, watching your video on my Xperia 1 iii

  • The Flyaaas

    The Flyaaas

    19 days ago

    Do you have a brother or cousin name malcom? Serious tho could be twins great video tho

  • Eric Reed

    Eric Reed

    19 days ago

    My question is as an owner of a Sony Walkman HI-RES Audio player is can you play Hi-Res music files from Bandcamp, HD Music or on a memory card?

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      15 days ago

      Yup

    • Pixels

      Pixels

      19 days ago

      Yes, the default music app supports HI-RES formats like DSD, FLAC, WAV and more

  • Edge

    Edge

    20 days ago

    Enthusiast targeted: headphone jack + micro SD

  • A K EUC

    A K EUC

    20 days ago

    So you quote it's a marvel yet say s21 is better??.....

  • shanazirk

    shanazirk

    21 day ago

    Sony is best in technology but poor in marketing

  • YeahRIght

    YeahRIght

    21 day ago

    I like sony but i hate this guy

  • John Gordon Norris

    John Gordon Norris

    21 day ago

    Serious question. Has Sony done anything at last with the back home and recents buttons to allow to change sides? This has not been possible before hence my returning to the store and exchange for a new phone which does allow me to do it.

    • Anti-Sheeple

      Anti-Sheeple

      21 day ago

      Nope, can't change it on the 1 III. However you most likely can install something that would allow you to customize it.

  • KeremOz

    KeremOz

    21 day ago

    Thats a damn sexy phone

  • Antibuttistisch Und deswegen cool

    Antibuttistisch Und deswegen cool

    21 day ago

    He used an iPhone Wallpaper on an Android Lol

  • rstein926

    rstein926

    21 day ago

    What I like about Sony phones is that they are the ones that come up with technology that eventually appears on other Android rivals and to a lesser extent iphone as well as refusing to budge from stuff that is considered by both iPhone and other Android phones to be outdated.
    For example Sony phones were the first to be waterproof and dust resistant and charge wirelessley while over the years the likes of the iPhone and even Samsung have gradually followed suit.
    Most Sony phones still support headphone jacks and expandable storage while most Android phones don't have them anymore while the iPhone infamously never supported expandable storage and killed off the headphone jack since the iPhone 7.
    Plus the Xperia 1 series supports 4K screens while others including even the Samsung S series don't have that.

  • Richmond F. Quansah

    Richmond F. Quansah

    22 days ago

    Mr enthusiast! We got it!

  • G

    G

    22 days ago

    Oh my i would love a dedicated half press camera button. Why has that not become a standard?

  • Boba Squid

    Boba Squid

    22 days ago

    I want this phone but it's expensive. I can buy it, I just don't know if I should spend that much. It has everything I want. It has everything no one else it offering.

  • Aotin Das

    Aotin Das

    22 days ago

    This is sony 1 II or III?

    • STE Show

      STE Show

      16 days ago

      1 III. 3rd generation

  • Dankzzz

    Dankzzz

    22 days ago

    Best regards, from proud Enthusiast of hifi, Stream series, YouTube and photos...

  • Nabbi Ferdous

    Nabbi Ferdous

    22 days ago

    How about nokia N73?! For moving camera!

  • Eric Nantel - DiaLFonZo

    Eric Nantel - DiaLFonZo

    23 days ago

    I'm considering moving from my OnePlus 7 Pro but your camera review makes me hesitant. How would you compare both? (I have a Sony a6000)

    • Eric Nantel - DiaLFonZo

      Eric Nantel - DiaLFonZo

      19 days ago

      @Pixels - Thanks..!

    • Pixels

      Pixels

      19 days ago

      The cameras are definitely better than the OnePlus 7 Pro, the color science is should be similar to the a6000. It's just that flagships nowadays use more computation to boost shadows and sharpen images as much as possible. That's not the case for the 1 III, it produces more true to life images which I guess marques doesn't like