Sony took it one step further compared to its competitors by launching the Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus and choosing a 21: 9 aspect ratio display.
This is the standard aspect ratio used in movies, and the goal is to make it easier for users to watch videos or take pictures. We have already tested the new Xperia 10, and we hasten to share with you our impressions.
Price and release date
Sony Xperia 10 will appear on store shelves in Russia in March, but the official website of Sony does not indicate the price at which the smartphone will be sold.
As for the rest of the countries, in the UK the device will cost 299 pounds (390 dollars). That is why we should expect that in Russia the price will fluctuate in about the same range.
The screen on the Xperia 10 is not as impressive as on the Xpeira 1, but do not forget that in this case we are dealing with a more affordable phone. However, you will still be surprised when you first see the Xperia 10.
The smartphone has a 6-inch FHD + screen with an aspect ratio of 21: 9. This means that the display is much longer than on any other smartphone. The idea is that when you flip it over, it will offer the best aspect ratio for watching videos or photos.
If you watch movies on certain streaming services, this makes a lot of sense, since a similar aspect ratio will help the video to fit perfectly into the display and avoid gaps, which is noteworthy for other smartphones on the market.
Sony claims that nearly 70% of Netflix movies are made specifically for 21: 9. There are also other compatible services, such as Amazon Prime Video and Sony’s own video service. But don't expect all the movies and TV shows you watch to look perfect in this format.
For a short time using the phone, we found that the display is quite clear and bright, with high resolution. Yes, of course, this is not 4K on the Sony Xperia 1, but nonetheless, it looks great.
The Sony Xperia 10 feels like a premium phone considering its price. It has a glass front and a metal back, and looks very thin.
It weighs only 162 g with dimensions of 156 x 68 x 8.4 mm.
A fingerprint scanner is integrated on the right side of the device, which is very convenient if you are right-handed. Left-handed people may find this position a little difficult to use.
Interestingly, the scanner is not located inside the power button, as it was on previous Sony phones, and separately from it between power and volume.
The camera protrudes slightly on the back of the phone, but we are sure that this will not annoy users. Perhaps the design is not the best, but considering how much the Xperia 10 will cost, we are impressed with how the device lies in the hand.
There are many color options for a smartphone. You can purchase regular black and silver, as well as blue and pink.
Operating system and features
As for technical specifications, the phone is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, which we saw on such powerful phones as Sony Xperia XA2 and the latest version of Nokia 6 .1. This will not give you phenomenal performance, but it is worth saying that the chipset worked well on previous devices.
You can count on good performance, since the device has 3 GB of RAM. By default, the internal memory is 64 GB, but the gadget also supports microSD 512 GB. The novelty will work on Android 9 Pie.
Battery and camera
The Xperia 10 has a dual rear camera, which, in general, is satisfactory, but is unlikely to surprise. A 13-megapixel sensor combined with a 5-megapixel sensor for photos with bokeh effect.
It is capable of recording video in 4K, and some photos can also be taken with an aspect ratio of 21: 9 so that you can use the screen to the full.
An 8-megapixel selfie camera is installed on the front of the phone, which works well, but is unlikely to provide a top-end selfie experience.
The battery capacity is 2870 mAh, because of which, we hope, the gadget will work without recharging all day. It also has software for fast charging , but the company does not yet support wireless charging on the Xperia 10 or on any of its phones.
At the moment, Sony's main phone is the Xperia 1, so the Xperia 10 is unlikely to surprise you. However, the smartphone looks impressive considering its price.
The aspect ratio of 21: 9 will not appeal to everyone, but if you spend hours daily watching a video, you will probably appreciate the device properly.
- Unique display.
- Impressive performance considering the wall.
- Lack of wireless charging.
- The aspect ratio is not suitable for everyone.