Sony Xperia 10 IV: Tiny smartphone in a practical 21:9 format
Sony's Xperia 10 IV belongs to a rare breed of smartphones: At just 6 inches, the mid-range device is quite small by today's standards. In particular, the AMOLED Android smartphone shines in terms of battery life.
Sony's Xperia 10 IV is an eye-catcher. Not only because it sports a much smaller screen diagonal at 6 inches than the vast majority of current smartphones, but also because it offers an unusual 21:9 screen format. The water-resistant case of the Xperia 10 IV is just as slim as the significantly smaller Apple iPhone 13 Mini and also weighs very little at 161 grams.
No annoying selfie camera recess
The screen's edges are a little thicker than those of many mid-range rivals, but this comes with a big advantage: the selfie camera does not have to be accommodated in a notch or any kind of display recess. Instead, it seamlessly blends into the display frame, further reinforcing the smartphone's overall slim appearance and also ensuring that movies are played without annoying black areas.
The AMOLED display of Sony's Xperia 10 IV with a refresh rate of 60 Hz has a comparatively high resolution of 2560x1080, which ensures an extremely sharp display. If required, the display size of the screen elements can be adjusted in 5 magnification levels in the Android settings.
Battery life giant
Compact smartphones are practical, but often lag behind larger models in terms of battery life. This is usually due to the fact that there is simply not enough room to accommodate a high-capacity battery. But this is not the case with the Xperia 10 IV: With 5000 mAh, Sony's phone is in no way inferior to larger smartphones in terms of battery capacity. The review also reveals that the Xperia 10 IV occasionally even surpasses its larger counterparts in terms of battery runtimes.
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media (tecChannel.de) and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
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Growing up in regional Australia, I first became acquainted with computers in my early teens after a broken leg from a football (soccer) match temporarily condemned me to a predominately indoor lifestyle. Soon afterwards I was building my own systems. Now I live in Germany, having moved here in 2014, where I study philosophy and anthropology. I am particularly fascinated by how computer technology has fundamentally and dramatically reshaped human culture, and how it continues to do so.