Sony is back with its second 2021 smartphone powered by flagship specifications with the Xperia 5 III. Sony’s more compact smartphone sits as a slightly less expensive alternative to the $1,299 Sony Xperia 1 III while still packing in nearly all the company’s bells and whistles.

Even so, the Xperia 5 III isn’t the most affordable smartphone on the market, starting as it does at £899 (~$1,200) in the UK. That’s a notable £100 more than last year’s Xperia 5 II, too. The phone faces stiff competition in the sub-£1,000 price segment, which includes flagship-grade phones from Apple, OnePlus, Samsung, and others. So let’s dive into our Sony Xperia 5 III review to see if the phone has what it takes to stand out from the crowd.