Sony Xperia 10 IV assessment: It is a laborious move

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(Pocket-lint) – Sony’s smartphone lineup has slimmed down over latest years, leaving us with a flagship gadget – the Xperia 1 – a compact model of that flagship – the Xperia 5 – and this, the Xperia 10.

The Xperia 10 is designed as a mid-range gadget, carrying Sony Cell’s hallmark design with a 21:9 show, sombre construct and aiming to convey that Sony expertise to these on a barely decrease price range.

Our fast take

The Sony Xperia 10 IV is discovered wanting within the mid-range with little to shout about. The waterproofing is nice, the addition of a telephoto lens does make it stand out and the show is usually good – however there’s much more the place this Xperia merely cannot sustain.

It feels underpowered, the digital camera is usually poor, and we discovered the reception to be weak as effectively, leaving us questioning what the Xperia 10 IV is admittedly making an attempt to supply.

Sadly, at this value, there are such a lot of higher choices – just like the Google Pixel 6a which is cheaper, sooner and has a greater digital camera – making it laborious to suggest the Sony Xperia 10 IV.

For

  • Waterproofing
  • Stellar battery life
  • It has a telephoto lens
  • LDAC help
Towards

  • The digital camera is horrible
  • Lacks energy total
  • Poor sign reception

Design and construct

  • 153 x 67 x 8.3mm, 161g
  • Plastic again
  • IP65/68 safety
  • 3.5mm headphone socket

Sony has discovered a groove so far as design goes, which means that the Sony Xperia 10 IV does not look vastly totally different to the Xperia 10 III. The edges are barely flatter and there is not any longer a Google Assistant button, however that is about the one distinction.

There is a change to the supplies, with a plastic again this time round somewhat than glass, though you are unlikely to be fearful about that, as this telephone is now a bit of lighter than it was earlier than.

Importantly, it nonetheless carries an IP65/68 ranking, which means its effectively protected towards mud and water ingress, which is not at all times the case for a mid-range telephone. Nevertheless, at this value, you’d count on it to be.

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As regular for Sony units, there is a 21:9 show – which we’ll speak about in a bit – however that offers this telephone a tall, slim, design. There is no notch because the entrance digital camera sits within the slim bezel above the show, whereas the body of the telephone carries a fingerprint scanner and a 3.5mm headphone socket alongside the traditional energy and quantity buttons.

Sony additionally hasn’t gone overboard with the digital camera, so it is just about flush to the rear of the telephone, which means that this slim slab is extra compact than some that actually wish to showcase the digital camera.

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The audio system are constructed into the sides of the show, and look fairly slick — nevertheless, solely the underside speaker is used because the loudspeaker. Meaning there is not any stereo on provide right here and the audio suffers total because of this.

That’s, except you are utilizing headphones, as a result of there’s help for LDAC – Sony’s high-res wi-fi codec – that works with suitable headphones to provide you greater high quality wi-fi music.


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Show

  • 6in, 2520 x 1080 pixels, 456ppi
  • 60Hz refresh, OLED

For those who like consistency, then you definitely would possibly just like the Xperia 10 IV show because it hasn’t modified a lot because the earlier iteration. Once more, it is a compact gadget with that attention-grabbing facet, which makes it stand aside from the remainder of the market.

So too, do the pretty static specs. Sony has boosted this show, so it’s brighter than earlier than, however you might need to nudge it up and down a bit as a result of it is generally a bit of gradual to reply.

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Talking of being gradual, the refresh price nonetheless sits at 60Hz, whereas most rivals are 90 or 120Hz. That is not an absolute deal breaker, since you’ll solely actually discover the advantages of a sooner refresh price if you examine this gadget to one thing with a 90 or 120Hz show – however it’s now very a lot the norm and a bit of disappointing at this value level.

The show is in any other case nice. It is vivid and vibrant, with nice colors, though there is not any signal of HDR help. On this dimension of show that in all probability does not matter, because it will not make an enormous distinction to your total viewing expertise.

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The 21:9 facet fits some film content material very well, decreasing among the black bars, however does depart this compact telephone a bit of slim. Examine it to a extra standard facet compact gadget – like the Zenfone 9 – and you’ve got a bit of more room for issues just like the keyboard.

For us, it is barely too cramped for quick textual content enter, leading to extra errors – however which may not be the case for all customers.

{Hardware} and efficiency

  • Snapdragon 695 5G, 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage + microSD (1TB)
  • 5000mAh battery

On the {hardware} entrance, Sony hits a few attention-grabbing factors. There is a microSD card slot for enlargement of the inner storage, which is unquestionably price having.

However Sony has chosen to stay firmly to mid-range {hardware} with the Snapdragon 695 5G. Meaning you’ll be able to entry these 5G networks with the promise of sooner downloads, however we discovered the general connectivity to be poor. We discovered the Wi-Fi connection to be sluggish at instances – in places that different telephones don’t have any downside with – and we additionally discovered this telephone to register weak sign power on the cellular community too, out of character with different units we have examined.

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That places one thing of a dampener on proceedings and with plenty of telephones on this section utilizing Snapdragon 700 Collection {hardware} as a substitute, the Xperia 10 IV feels a step behind.

Which may not trouble you in case your curiosity is in primary duties, however it’s a poor alternative for players (it is too small and too underpowered) and even with Sony’s leaning in direction of wanting to supply an important digital camera expertise, the digital camera is fairly gradual too. With all that stated, you’ll be able to hearth up most video games and become involved, however on a display screen this small and with out a correct gaming mode, you will end up regularly swiping out of video games as there is not any strategy to block navigation touches.

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There is a flipside to having a lower-power telephone and that is battery life. The 5000mAh capability is fairly capacious for a telephone this small and the result’s that the Xperia 10 IV will fortunately final for two days with conservative use.

It is uncommon to finish the day with it needing to cost, so it’d attraction to these wanting a tool extra targeted on communication.

Digicam efficiency

  • Triple rear digital camera:
    • Primary: 12MP, 1/2.8in Exmor R, f/1.8, 27mm
    • Ultrawide: 8MP, 1/4in, f/2.2, 16mm
    • Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4.4in, f/2.2, 54mm
  • Entrance: 8MP, 1/4in, f/2.0

There is a triple digital camera on the rear of the Xperia 10 IV and there is one thing pretty uncommon right here – the inclusion of a 2x optical telephoto lens. Most mid-range telephones forego this lens, in choice of an affordable macro lens.

However glancing throughout the specs reveals rather a lot concerning the make-up of this digital camera. You will observe that Sony is utilizing a variety of small sensors right here, whereas rivals – just like the Oppo Reno 8, which is on the market for a similar cash – affords a a lot bigger sensor.

We have talked about the marginally sluggish efficiency of the digital camera within the {hardware} part, however that is one other Sony telephone that does not like warmth: attempt to shoot video in sunny circumstances and also you would possibly discover it rapidly reduces itself to a stuttering mess, with a notification that the telephone is just too scorching.

The primary digital camera works okay in good mild, however it does not cope effectively with HDR scenes and does not do justice to any kind of spotlight, regularly over-exposing. Transfer indoors or into decrease mild circumstances and issues fall off a cliff, leading to tender pictures that lack distinction, poor white steadiness and loads of noise. There’s a night time mode that is barely higher than the traditional digital camera, taking longer exposures and it is undoubtedly price utilizing in these circumstances.

The ultrawide does not honest significantly better and is horrible in low mild, whereas the telephoto manages to save lots of a bit of element you’d lose if it was digital however nonetheless suffers from the identical limitations as the remainder of the digital camera. There’s additionally a distinct color tone between the lenses, getting progressively hotter as you progress by means of them.

The benefit that the 2x telephoto affords is that if you use the 10x digital zoom, it is coming from that lens, so it is solely actually a 5x magnification – and higher than rival digital zooms taken from the primary digital camera.

The entrance digital camera offers low distinction, washed-out, photographs, and the portrait mode is solely horrible. Sony hasn’t fairly nailed this on its flagship units, and the identical downside exists right here, with exceptionally poor edge detection leading to portrait photographs having a kind of halo across the topic earlier than attending to the blurred background.

General, it is laborious to endorse this as a digital camera telephone – the inclusion of the telephoto lens on this place is a rarity, however the expertise total is poor, particularly at this asking value.

Software program

  • Android 12, two OS updates
  • 3 years of safety updates

The Xperia 10 IV launches on Android 12 and can obtain two Android OS model updates throughout its lifetime, ending on Android 14 in 2024. That is joined by 3 years of safety updates that may see it by means of to 2025.

These help ranges are just about the naked minimal you’d count on, with an organization like Samsung now providing just about double that, making its mid-range telephone the Galaxy A53 5G a strong various.

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Sony has cleaned up its software program providing over the previous few years and the Xperia 10 IV advantages from that, providing you with the choice of avoiding a lot of the pre-installed bloatware that Sony would really like you to make use of. You will nonetheless be left with issues like Sony’s Music app, LinkedIn and Fb although, none of which might be uninstalled.

However usually talking the expertise is fairly good, whereas there is a lack of energy to ship a smoother expertise, we did not discover every other issues with the software program itself.

It is also price mentioning that there is nothing within the field besides the telephone – not even a charging cable.

To recap

The Sony Xperia 10 IV is a compact gadget with the benefit of waterproofing and with some high-end options like a telephoto digital camera and help for high-res music due to LDAC – however it lacks energy, the digital camera is poor and the expertise suffers because of this. At this value, there are many higher choices.

Writing by Chris Corridor. Enhancing by Verity Burns.

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