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Sony Xperia 10 III: Trips itself up in the test

The flat camera is the stumbling block.
The flat camera is the stumbling block.
While basically, Sony doesn't do anything different with the Xperia 10 Mark III, is succeeded in performing the right fine-tuning to create a really good smartphone. However, as soon as our tester gets excited about it, the Xperia starts bringing up some mixed feelings.

At a price of 429 Euros (~$507), the Sony Xperia 10 III is positioned in the upper mid-range and surely not a bargain at this price. In the test, the smartphone is able to convince particularly with its good equipment, in addition to 6GB of working memory also offering 128 GB of fast UFS 2.1 storage that can also be expanded via microSD card. 

The compact build also includes a smaller display. The Xperia smartphone contains a 6.0-inch display in the 21:9 format, ensuring sharp and crisp images with its Full HD+ resolution. However, the brightness could have been slightly higher here, since most competitors in this price range already offer displays with twice the amount of brightness.

Things are similar with the SoC. While the Snapdragon 690 5G is current and offers an attractive system performance, the competitors offer 700 series' models that are through the bank faster. The triple camera system truly deserves its name, since it offers an additional ultra wide-angle lens as well as a tele-lens with 2x zoom. 

On the other hand, the camera, of all things, turns out to be the stumbling stone of the Xperia 10 III. It is not that the wrong setup would be selected or that there is anything wrong in the pictures - they are not bad at all and will even please particularly users who don't value strong color saturation but prefer a natural and balanced image composition. However, the shutter delay is very sluggish, making snapshots almost impossible. 

Otherwise Sony does almost everything right, rounding its equipment with USB 3.2, an IP certification, an excellent audio port, and a long battery life. 

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Daniel Schmidt, 2021-07-20 (Update: 2021-07-19)