MWC19 | The Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are the newest kids on the mid-range block
Sony's mid-range offerings have generally been less than stellar but the Japanese company aims to banish the memories of its shortcomings in that segment with its two new devices, the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus. Sony appears to be implementing something of a rebrand of its smartphone line, and the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are direct successors to last year's Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra.
The Xperia 10 sports a 6.0-inch display, while the Xperia 10 Plus sports a 6.5-inch one. Both have FHD+ resolution and feature a novel 21:9 aspect ratio. Sony calls it "ultra-wide" but phones are rarely used in landscape mode, so we prefer to go with "ultra-long". It's a matter of perspective, in any case.
Sony's new lineup of phones are obviously designed towards media consumption but we're not sure how viable that display ratio is, since most content are in 16:9. That just leaves users with massive black bars on both sides of the display when viewing content. There's also the usability issues that come with a device of that length. One-handed usage will be less than ideal on these phones.
The Xperia 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 630, a pretty old SoC at this point, and the same chipset on last year's Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. It sports dual rear cameras: a 13 MP main sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. There's an 8 MP shooter at the front for selfies. Under the hood is 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage—a rather uncommon combination. The hardware list of capped off by a puny 2870 mAh battery.
The Xperia 10 Plus is also powered by a Snapdragon 636, more powerful than its sibling's Snapdragon 630 but not exactly the most impressive SoC in the mid-range segment. At its rear is a dual rear camera setup comprised of a 12 MP main sensor and an 8 MP telephoto lens capable of 2x zoom. There's an 8 MP selfie shooter, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a 3000 mAh battery.
Both devices run on Android Pie out of the box. Pricing details are currently unknown.
Sony’s new Xperia 10 and 10 Plus brings 21:9 Wide display to the super mid-range line
21:9 Wide Full HD+ display expands viewing area for enhanced entertainment consumption and is ideal to run two apps simultaneously
Dual camera with Bokeh effect for dramatic shooting experience and 21:9 Movie and still image capture
Sony’s High-Resolution Audio with DSEE HX™ and LDAC technologies for listening just as artists intended
MWC, Barcelona, 25th February 2019, Sony today announced Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus – bringing the 21:9 ratio experience to the super mid-range.
“Our super mid-range line introduces our premium Sony innovations in our most accessible way possible.” said Mitsuya Kishida, President at Sony Mobile Communications. “Our new 21:9 Wide display offers edge-to-edge entertainment in a sleek and slender hand-fit design.”
21:9 Wide Full HD+ display for entertainment and productivity
Xperia 10 and 10 Plus feature a sleek borderless design with 21:9 Wide Full HD+ display, ideal for both entertainment and productivity. Sony’s intuitive 21:9 multi-window UI together with the 6.0” display on Xperia 10 and 6.5” on 10 Plus enable two apps to be viewed simultaneously while keeping easy-viewing size for both windows. For example, watch your favourite videos while texting, without having to switch back and forth between two apps. Launching two apps at once has never been so simple.
Either on the home screen long press the app icon that you want to split, or launch Side sense, newly available in the super mid-range, which lets you select both apps you’d like to display in 21:9 multi-window*.
Designed for perfect hand fit thanks to their slim form factor, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are easy to hold and operate. Both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5 for toughness and durability, while a beautiful metallic finish complements its elegant form.
Get creative with Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus’s dual camera with Bokeh effect and 21:9 Movie and still image capture
Xperia 10 and 10 Plus’s 21:9 Movie recording, in 4K, allows you to shoot videos in the same aspect ratio used by film-makers. Multi-aspect ratio lets you choose the ideal size - for example, choose 21:9 to fill the screen or 1:1 for the perfect Instagram post.
The dual cameras on both Xperia 10 (13MP+5MP) and Xperia 10 Plus (12MP+8MP) enable you to capture high quality images with artistic Bokeh effect, making your shooting subject stand out from a defocussed background. Exclusive to Xperia 10 Plus, 2X optical zoom** lets you get closer to the action.
To help you get even more creative, both the main and front cameras, for Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, feature SteadyShot™ to capture blur-free videos, even while in motion.
Listen just as artists intended with High-Resolution Audio
Both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus have advanced audio technology with Sony’s High-Resolution Audio with and LDAC™ technology available out of the box, so you can hear music in its purest and truest form, even if you’re listening wirelessly.
What’s more, Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX™) automatically upscales your compressed sound files to near high-resolution sound quality – injecting new life into your tunes by restoring the subtleties of the original recordings and simulating the sounds of live performances.
All-new open-ear headset, SBH82D, for advanced listening and colour matching cases
New open-ear Bluetooth® stereo headset, SBH82D, launches alongside Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus in Black, Grey and Blue to complement each device colour. Lightweight, compact and foldable, the wireless behind-the-neck design is shaped for comfortable, all-day listening. SBH82D applies the same inner structure to Xperia Ear Duo which allows users to listen to their favourite music while being able to hear the surroundings thanks to the open-ear style design. SBH82D also features voice assistant functions from Google™ and Apple, as well as hands-free talk. SBH82D is available in select markets from May 2019.
Style Cover Stand is a two-in-one cover and phone stand for both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. Exclusive to Xperia 10, Style Cover Solid will help protect your phone from serious damage with military spec durability***.
Xperia 10 features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 630 Mobile Platform which is designed to enable amazing graphics, advanced multimedia experiences, and long-lasting battery life, with an included 2870mAh battery. Available in: Navy, Black, Silver and Pink. Xperia 10 Plus features a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 636 Mobile Platform, bringing impressive performance, outstanding image quality, and long-lasting battery life with a 3000mAh battery. Available in: Navy, Black, Silver and Gold. Both Xperia 10 and 10 Plus launch on Android™**** 9.0 Pie in select markets from 25th February*****, available in both Single SIM and Dual SIM*****.
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