Xperia 10 III goes all Redmi Note 9 Pro but with that classic Sony smartphone design as alleged Geekbench visit reveals similar performance and likely specs
A “Sony A003SO” device has apparently turned up on Geekbench, with a Japanese media site reporting that it could be one of the first appearances of the Sony Xperia 10 III on the benchmark. Unfortunately, the record does not seem available to view via Geekbench, and these records can be easily faked, so a pinch of salt is required here. The source reasons that as A001SO is the Xperia 5 I and A002SO is the Xperia 5 II (launched October 2020) then A003SO could be the Xperia 10 III. The single-core score of the possible Xperia 10 III is a respectable 601 points while the 8-core processor helps the device hit a good result of 1,821 points in the multi-core test.
It’s a bit of a mystery what octa-core chipset is being utilized for this benchmark run, with some deciding upon the Snapdragon 690 (base clock: 1.70 GHz) because of the performance level and presence of the “lito” motherboard, which has previously been linked with that particular chipset. However, the processor identifier “ARM implementer 81 architecture 8 variant 15 part 2052 revision 15” and base frequency of 1.80 GHz actually point more toward a Snapdragon 720G, which is the same SoC that is found in the Redmi Note 9 Pro. In our review of the Xiaomi phone, it scored 569 points (single) and 1,771 points (multi) in Geekbench 5, which would put it in the same ballpark as this possible Sony Xperia 10 III.
The similarity with the Redmi Note 9 Pro smartphone doesn’t end with the chip, as the alleged Xperia 10 III also reveals the availability of 6 GB memory in the Geekbench record. However, you can guarantee that Sony will add plenty of bells and whistles, especially in the display department (OLED over LCD), to make sure this upcoming midrange smartphone that follows the typical Xperia design language can stand apart from the Xiaomi device and other rivals. There will certainly be a difference in price tags that’s for sure, as the Redmi Note 9 Pro normally costs from €269/£249 (US$327-346) but can usually be found at a considerable discount. The Sony Xperia 10 II currently costs €369/£319 (around US$445).