Even though they are midrange releases, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. Despite not being foldable, 5G compatible or boasting an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the Xperia 10 is still enticing. This is due to the fact that Sony is pushing their own movement, taller smartphones. To showcase the advantages of these new dimensions, they ditched the traditional 18:9 aspect ratio and fully embraced 21:9. This groundbreaking change was implemented on the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, and introduced the world to some interesting possibilities.
On top of paving the way for unique features, this adjustment puts the Xperia 10 in a league of its own. While the rest of the competition is opting for folding designs, Sony is sticking to its unique dimensions. This puts their new releases in uncharted territory, which is a rare place to be in this oversaturated industry. Nothing is comparable to the Xperia 10, which puts the future of tall phones in the hands of the consumer. If this formula proves to be a hit, we can expect to see similar models being offered throughout 2020.
To clear the air on whether the Xperia 10 is revolutionary or a simple gimmick, we created this article. While this phone has its pros and cons, there’s no ignoring its novelty. For this reason, prepare to get an intimate glimpse at Sony’s newest releases. Both the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are undeniably unique, so feel free to ditch the norms with this review!
Meet the Sony Xperia 10
When holding the Xperia 10, it’s impossible not to be reminded of a futuristic TV controller. Its 21:9 aspect ratio makes the device look narrower than it is, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This unique design allows users to make the most out of their 6 and 6.5-inch screens.
Safe with Gorilla Glass 5
Aside from being protected with Gorilla Glass 5, both Xperia 10 & 10 Plus boasts an interesting bezel combination. While Sony slimmed down the side bezels, they couldn’t escape housing the front camera in a thick forehead bezel. This peculiar combination makes the Xperia 10 look like an innovation that’s still slightly stuck in the past.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
While the aesthetics border on being modern, the inner workings of the Xperia 10 are where these phones disappoint. The Xperia 10 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 while the 10 Plus only has a Snapdragon 636 processor. While these processors allow both devices to complete normal tasks, they feel a bit outdated. To make the phones perform better, Sony equipped the Xperia 10 with 3GB of RAM & the 10 Plus with 4GB. The storage is more traditional since both Xperia 10’s have 64GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot.
On the plus side, the batteries and software are standard. Both devices run on Android 9 Pie, the latest version of Android. Sony added their own software skin over it, which is relatively non-plus and easy to use. The batteries are just as non-assuming, with the Xperia 10 boasting a 2,870mAh battery and the 10 Plus running on 3,000mAh. All this is complemented by Sony’s Slide Sense floating tray and a side fingerprint scanner.
Thanks to the fierce competition from Google and Samsung, Sony isn’t stealing the show with its cameras. The Xperia 10 has a 13MP lens and a 5MP depth-sensing camera while the 10 Plus has 12MP and 8MP lenses. Both rear camera setups are paired with a 5MP front camera, which provides solid photography options. While dimly lit areas are hard to capture, these cameras do fine with normal lighting. Photographic mediocrity has become standard on mid-range phones, so the Xperia 10 camera’s shortcomings are easy to forgive.
When it comes to purchasing the Xperia 10, the new design is the main factor. The Xperia 10 is retailing at $350 while the 10 Plus costs $430, so these are still big purchases. While the new 21:9 ratio is appealing, the phone’s low-quality processors are slightly alarming. The Sony Xperia 10 implements plenty of great ideas, but only time will tell if it’s able to stand out amongst the competition.