Sony Xperia 10 Plus Review – Release Date, Price, Features, and Specs
We are only 3 months into 2019 and a plethora of trends for smartphones has already been started. We have seen punch-hole cameras like Huawei Nova 4, slider cameras like Oppo Find X, and smaller notches on screens, on-screen fingerprint scanners and much more. Sony, however, is moving away and creating something different on its own - a display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. During Mobile World Congress, Sony announced three latest smartphones and all of which offer 21:9 screen. The announced handsets include Xperia 1 flagship, Xperia 10 and Sony Xperia 10 Plus. All these smartphones are mid-rangers and replacing Sony Xperia XA line. Here on this single page, we have rounded everything we know about Sony Xperia 10 Plus, so far.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus Specifications
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus offers super-fast and lag-free gaming experience thanks to its 4GB of RAM and one can capture stunning, detailed and colourful images due to its rear dual camera setup. Sony Xperia 10 Plus Specifications include:
- Dimensions: 167 x 73 x 8.3 mm
- Weight: 180 grams
- Display Size: 6.5-inches IPS LCD
- Display Resolution: 1080 x 2520 Pixels (422 PPI)
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Operating System: Android Pie 9.0
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
- GPU: Adreno 509
- RAM and ROM: 4GB with 64GB (Expandable Up to 512GB)
- Rear Camera: 12MP + 8MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Camera Features: LED Flash, HDR, Panorama and more
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC and micro USB
- Sensors: Fingerprint (side-mounted),Accelerometer, Proximity, and Compass
- Battery: 3000mAh non-removable (Quick Charge 3)
- Colours: Black, Navy, Silver, and Gold
Sony Xperia 10 Plus Design
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a large and slim unit as the high-end Xperia 1, but it switches out a Gorilla Glass rear for metal. The Xperia 10 Plus doesn't feel really cheap, it just doesn't have the same premium finish and feels as the Xperia 1, nor is it waterproof. Like the Xperia 1, the Xperia 10 Plus is nice and slim, and its narrow width is more than manageable with a height of 167 mm. At the top of the screen, there is a small bezel so there is no punch hole or notch camera interrupting the screen but that means the device is maybe 5 mm or taller than it might have been.
Outback, Sony has aligned a dual rear camera horizontally in the center whereas Sony and Xperia branding are subtly placed in the center and the bottom - respectively. The dedicated camera launch button is on the right-hand side, combined with a power button, volume rocking device and a separate fingerprint sensor. Sony placed a fingerprint sensor on devices previously in the power button but introducing it separately means no patent issues in the United States. This means the back of the Xperia 10 Plus is also clutter-free and while an in-display sensor would have been good to see, it was unlikely at that price point especially as Sony Xperia 1 didn't offer that.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus Display
A 6.5-inches 21:9 aspect ratio screen like Sony Xperia 1 comes with Sony Xperia 10 Plus. Sony opts for an LCD panel and reduces the resolution to full HD+, so it won't be as sharp as any other premium smartphone. A Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is also available to protect the display, rather than Glass 6, and it does not support mobile HDR. You will also miss some features of Xperia 1, such as creator mode, which ensures that the content you see is the director you want.
However, Sony Xperia 10 Plus still provides a 21:9 aspect ratio despite being approx. half the price of Xperia 1. This aspect ratio is the same as what you would see a film in a cinema - thus, the mobile viewing experience is more immersive. According to some sources who have tested Xperia 10 Plus, Both pictures and images look great on the wide display. Although Full HD+ was relatively small for that size and was not really noticeable during their first look.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus Camera
A dual rear camera configuration is being offered by Sony Xperia 10 Plus - 12MP + 8MP camera sensors. The popular blurry background images, the optical zoom, are offered with the Bokeh effect images as well. One, the other hand, there is an 8-megapixel snapper on the front of the Xperia 10 Plus that assists in video calls and selfies. This year, Sony only offered a dual rear camera configuration on XZ2 Premium. Very much like Sony Xperia 1, there is no Alpha certification on Xperia 10 Plus' cameras but it's offering 4K video recording.
Sony Xperia 10 Plus Hardware
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a mid-range smartphone - hence, expecting a flagship processor would be wrong. Instead, a Snapdragon 636 Qualcomm platform is available with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage which is expandable further up to 512GB via microSD card. An average 3000mAh battery capacity is a little bit smaller as compared to Xperia 1 but there is a much lower screen resolution to power. The battery saving feature of Sony "STAMINA" is also on board which will grab the attention of so many Sony fans.
The Xperia 10 Plus is equipped with a 3.5 mm headphone jack - partnered with support for high-resolution audio. It's a feature Sony Xperia 1 misses off its list. Well, Sony Xperia 10 Plus does not have a Sony Dynamic Vibration System - a feature that has started up on the Xperia XZ2 to add vibrations to view content and to offer a little extra. It would have been great to see it on Xperia 10 Plus to go with that wider screen.
Pricing and Release Date
Sony indeed surprised its audience worldwide including Australia when revealed its Sony Xperia 10 Series onstage during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – proclaiming that Sony Xperia 10 Plus alongside its siblings will be available to buy immediately. However, it’s not yet available in Australia and when (or if) will it arrive on stores, it’s not known.
The US audience will be able to get their hands on one from March 18 and onward whereas it’s already on sale from February 25 in some European countries including the UK. Very much like Australian availability, Sony Xperia 10 Plus pricing details are pretty blurred as well. In the United Kingdom, however, it’s available at £349 which is equal to approx. AU$653.
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