Sony Xperia 10 review

GSMArena team, 22 March 2019.

Introduction

Sony's newly revamped smartphone lineup revolves around the digit 1 - there's the flagship Xperia 1 that's not quite ready for prime time and the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus in the midrange, the two very much in stores as we speak. We had a closer look at the 10 Plus recently, and now it's the smaller 10's turn.

Sony Xperia 10 review

Much like the other 1s, the Xperia 10 sports a 21:9 aspect display - Sony sees this as the future of smartphones and is keen to take us there. The 10's 6-incher still has FullHD+ resolution, so it's got as many pixels as the 10 Plus, but comes with a few sacrifices compared to the larger model.

Chief among those is the chipset - the Snapdragon 636 in the 10 Plus is a bit underpowered, and the Xperia 10 comes with the less exciting S630. A gig less RAM than the Plus's 4 and a depth camera on the 10's back as opposed to the Plus's telephoto shooter are a couple of the more obvious differences, but there are other ones hidden from plain sight - take out the card tray and you'll see a shared slot for the second SIM and memory card, where the Plus had dedicated slots for all three.

Sony Xperia 10 specs

  • Body: Plastic unibody with "metallic finish"; Gorilla Glass 5 on front; 155.7 x 68 x 8.4 mm; 162 grams; Black, Navy, Silver, Pink color options.
  • Display: 6.0" IPS; 21:9 aspect ratio; FullHD+ (1080x2520px), 457ppi density.
  • Rear cameras: Primary: 13MP (1/3"). Secondary: 5MP (1/4") depth sensor. Hybrid AF, SteadyShot, ISO 12800 for photos and 3200 for videos; 4K (16:9 or 21:9); SteadyShot.
  • Front camera: 8MP (1/4"), ISO 3200 for photos and 1600 for video.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 630 chipset, octa-core processor (8x2.2 GHz Cortex-A53), Adreno 508 GPU.
  • Memory: 3GB/4GB (in China) of RAM + 64GB storage; up to 512GB microSD card support.
  • OS/Software: Android 9.0 Pie.
  • Battery: 2,870mAh Li-Ion; Smart STAMINA, Battery Care.
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM/ Single-SIM options available (market dependant); Cat.12 LTE; USB 2.0 Type-C; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; GPS + GLONASS; Bluetooth 5.0; NFC; 3.5mm audio jack.
  • Audio: Single bottom-firing speaker, DSEE HX, LDAC, Smart Amplifier.
  • Misc: Side-mounted fingerprint reader.

The Xperia 10 does keep the selfie camera of the Plus - the segmentation only goes so far. The smaller phone also has the same unibody design as the 10 Plus, complete with the side-mounted fingerprint sensor - it's physically much the same phone, only smaller. We'll talk more about that in a minute, but let's first go over the retail package.

Sony Xperia 10 unboxing

The Xperia 10 we have for review comes in a plain white box with the phone's name stamped on it in gray. While the box itself is representative of what you'll find in the store, the contents aren't necessarily so. Sony bundles vary by region and carrier so asking before buying wouldn't hurt.

Sony Xperia 10 review

What we got was a plain 5V/1.5A charger and a USB-A-to-C cable to go with it. The phone is Power Delivery capable and Sony does make a PD charger, which could possibly make it to the box in some markets, though we wouldn't count on it. A bit more likely is that you'll find a set of earbuds in the box - again, not in all markets, but some will get those.