- Analysis by KJ David
One of several wide-screen smartphones announced by Sony during the MWC 2019, the Sony Xperia 10 sticks to middle-class hardware components, such as a 3GB-only RAM and no more than 64GB of inbuilt storage . In comparison, some of its rivals with similar screen real estates pack at least 4GB of RAM and start out with 128GB of on-board storage. Notwithstanding those cons, its Qualcomm Snadpragon 630 octa-core 2.2GHz processor winds up as a slight pro in our book, at least when seen from a mid-range vantage point. Similarly, the 512GB microSD card slot accompanying its aforementioned storage sounds more than passable within this category.
Leading the Xperia 10's key specs is its 6-inch FHD+ (1080p) display whose expansive 21:9 aspect ratio was among the widest available as we were reviewing its features. Sony claims that this elongated aspect ratio provides up to 30 percent more screen space than similarly-sized screens with conventional 16:9 solutions and that it will feel more comfortable when watching movies.
The rest of its mid-level pros and cons include a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual-lens rear camera enabled for Ultra HD (2160p) video-recording and portraits with bokeh shooting (background blurring). Sadly, its selfie cam is not as ambitious, coming in the form of an 8-megapixel shooter that's at least spruced up by a display flash function.
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Like most of its Xperia siblings, the Xperia 10 delivers DSEE HX and LDAC audio streaming capabilities combined with Qualcomm's aptX audio technology . Stereo audio-recording and SmartAmplifier join in as well.
Although this Xperia model's 2870mAh battery won't put it alongside the best big-battery models out there, Sony arms it with some optimization features , including Xperia Adaptive Charging, which monitors the battery's health and keeps it from being overworked and Stamina Mode.
With finishes like Pink and Navy rounding out its pros and cons, the Xperia 10 makes for a solid choice for those who want a mid-ranger with a fresh (as of this Phonerated write-up) display architecture.
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