When it comes to mid-range smartphones, Sony hasn’t done as well as its rivals HTC and Samsung. However, Sony hopes to alter that with the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. According to Sony, if you are always watching videos on your phone, this is the device for you. Even though Sony’s future Xperia 1 will have a 4K HDR OLED display, this is still a Full HD screen with the same 21:9 aspect ratio as the incoming Xperia 1.
You can acquire the Xperia 10 Plus for around AU$650 if you’re willing to spend an additional £349 / $429.99. Then there’s the Xperia 1, which will be on sale later this year for £849 (about $1,110 or AU$1,550). The Xperia 10’s screen isn’t as good as the Xperia 1, but that’s to be expected considering the price difference. Even so, the Xperia 10 is a pleasant surprise when you see it for the first time.
It has a 21:9 Full HD+ 6-inch display. Thus, when you flip it to landscape, you’ll have a larger display for watching videos, looking at photographs, or playing games than when it’s in portrait mode. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime allow you to view movies that otherwise wouldn’t fit on your screen since they crop them down to the exact dimensions of the screen itself.
On Netflix, Sony claims that 70% of the movies are 21:9-optimized. Likewise, this material is accessible on other streaming platforms, such as Amazon and Sony’s movie shop, likewise 21:9. However, don’t hold your breath waiting for everything you’re viewing to seem flawless in this format. Because most TV series are shot in 16:9, we saw broad black bars on each side of the screen while watching episodes of The Office.
That’s to be anticipated. However, the uncommon aspect ratio has one more vexing component: the black bars indicate the information isn’t in the middle of the screen. Because of the large top bezel on the phone, video plays somewhat off-centre. Below is an illustration of what we’re trying to say:
It’s also challenging to locate 21:9 material. We searched for Hereditary on Amazon Prime Video, but it wasn’t available in 21:9 format when we wrote this review. There’s nothing like viewing a movie in 21:9 on the Sony Xperia 10 to get the whole cinematic experience, but finding 21:9 material is a real pity. We watched Venom on the phone, and it was great.
When using the phone upright, the aspect ratio is more difficult to grasp, which was a challenge for us throughout our time with the device. Although it grows on you, there are some fundamental design flaws to be aware of.
The colours were vibrant, and there were an astounding 457 pixels per inch on the screen. Use your phone’s top and bottom screens for split-screen applications, and you’ll have a more enjoyable experience. The 21:9 aspect ratio looks excellent on photographs, and certain games have been optimized for it as well. Sony has promised that more titles will be 21:9-compatible shortly.
Asphalt 9, Arena of Valor, Fortnite, and Marvel Strike Force are all intended for 21:9 aspect ratio phones at the time of writing. Only two games, Marvel Strike Force and Arena of Valor, are available on the Xperia 10. Sony’s Xperia 10 seems upscale for its budget, with a glass front and metal back that feel luxurious to the touch. If you’re searching for an inexpensive gadget that still looks good, this may be a terrific option.
As previously said, this is a tall phone, but the 156 x 68 x 8.4mm proportions make it seem small, and the 162g weight makes it feel even slimmer in hand. If you have tiny hands, using the phone one-handed may be difficult. So, Sony has integrated its Side Sense functions inside the phone, which you can learn more about in the section below under “Sofware.”
When holding the phone right-handed, you can easily use your thumb to touch the fingerprint scanner on the right side of the phone; but, it may be a little more challenging to reach when holding the phone left-handed.
Interesting to note is that, unlike prior Sony phones, the scanner is separate from the power button. Instead, that button was placed above it by the corporation, and we were not explained why. This time around, the good news is that Sony will include a fingerprint reader on the phone, which was previously unavailable on several earlier US-launched Sony phones.
The phone’s camera does stick out a bit from the back, but this isn’t going to be a deal-breaker for most people. There isn’t much quality design on the Xperia 10, but we were pleasantly surprised by how well the phone felt in hand for the price. There are a variety of colour possibilities, including some eye-catching hues like blue or pink and the standard Sony colours of black and silver.