On the occasion of the Mobile World Congress Barelone, Sony has introduced its new smartphones in 21: 9 format and relatively affordable, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. We were able to take them in hand.
In addition to the Xperia 1 announced this Monday morning in Barcelona for the opening of the MWC 2019, Sony has also unveiled two other mid-range smartphones, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus. Two devices that offer the same 21: 9 format as the new high-end, but with less features. We had the opportunity to take them in hand.
A pleasant grip
Like the Xperia 1, the new Xperia 10 and 10 Plus have a particularly long 21: 9 aspect ratio display. Thus, even if it offers a wide diagonal of 6 inches on the Xperia 10 and an even larger of 6.5 inches on the Xperia 10 Plus, the 21: 9 ratio makes it possible to keep smartphones relatively narrow. We thus find a good comfort of use even with one hand. However, it will be better to use the smartphone with both hands to really access the top of the display, especially on the Xperia 10 Plus.
Above all, the design is particularly successful in that both smartphones manage to keep uniform borders on the sides and bottom of the screen. Unlike most smartphones without borders, there is no large chin at the bottom of the screen. Only the upper part, which houses the cameras, wants to be wide enough. One way for Sony to avoid having to integrate a notch. We can blame this big upper border to the Japanese manufacturer, but we must not forget where he came from, and that last year again, he proposed smartphones with a design that was five years behind.
The return of the fingerprint reader in the slot
Note that the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus offer no fingerprint reader on the back or under the screen. It must be said that Sony has taken the same system that used on the Xperia XZ with a player positioned on the edge. This is the same solution that has been taken over by Samsung for its Galaxy S10e. Not only this system has the advantage of allowing to unlock its smartphone simply with the thumb, which naturally falls on the fingerprint reader, but given the improper positioning of the fingerprint reader on the Sony Xperia XZ3, we can only welcome this backtracking.
Only regret, pity that Sony has not fully resumed the concept of the Sony Xperia XZ with a player that also serves as power button. We will have on the right edge, from top to bottom, a power button, a fingerprint reader, and volume keys.
A very classic screen
While Sony claims to have one of the best screens on the market on its Xperia 1, the Japanese manufacturer has used only the classic on its two mid-range smartphones. Thus, whether the Xperia 10 or 10 Plus, both devices have simple IPS LCD panels with a definition of Full HD +.
Sony prides itself on an image enhancement technology, but it will test more smartphones to find out what it really is. Exit the HDR, OLED or 4K Xperia 1, but it must be said that the mid-range status of both smartphones also comes from their components. Thus, the Xperia 10 is equipped with a single chip Snapdragon 630 when the Xperia 10 Plus is equipped with Snapdragon 636, two processors rather dated and now found on smartphones around 200 euros.
After a few minutes spent using both smartphones, we notice a contrast that remains relatively correct, a light that clearly pulls to the blue and a brightness more than good. However, it must be said that the lighting conditions of a living room, rather dark, do not really allow to push a smartphone screen in its entrenchments. Again, we will wait for the full test Sony Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus to say.
An exit at nearly 400 euros
The Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus are already available. They are respectively proposed at 349 and 429 euros. The Sony Xperia 10 is marketed in four colors – blue, black, silver and gold – while the Xperia 10 Plus is displayed in four shades – blue, black, silver and pink.
Our photos of the Sony Xperia 10 and 10 Plus
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