Sony recently launched the Xperia 1 IV, which is the company’s flagship phone for 2022. Along with that device, we also got the Sony Xperia 10 IV, a mid-range phone that succeeds the Xperia 10 III of 2021. The Xperia 10 IV brings some new color shades, which is an upgrade considering the Xperia 10 III launched in plain Black and White colors only. Apart from the colors, there is a more powerful SOC under the hood, a bigger battery, a better display, etc.
Design-wise, there is not much difference between the Xperia 10 III & 10 IV. It has the same camera module design, the same side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and the same front design. The display is protected with Gorilla Glass Victus this time, compared to GG6 last year. The phone is IP65/68 water & dust resistant and weighs just 161g. This becomes even more interesting when we talk about the battery size. Sony claims that the Xperia 10 III is the lightest 5G phone in the world, with a battery size of 5,000mAh or above. For comparison, the Xperia 10 III had a 3,600mAh battery.
The 3.5mm headphone jack is still present, which is not surprising since that’s the case with the flagship Xperia 1 IV. The display on the front is a 6-inch OLED with a Full-HD+ resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio. While the specifications are the same on paper as last year, the display is 15% brighter this year. The refresh rate is still 60Hz.
Sony Xperia 10 IV is rocking a Snapdragon 695 SOC under the hood, which is quite a popular SOC for this year’s budget and mid-range phones. Compared to the Snapdragon 665 of the Xperia 10 III, this is a significant upgrade. The three cameras on the rear include a primary 12MP sensor with a 27mm lens, an 8MP ultrawide with a 16mm lens, and an 8MP telephoto with a 54mm lens. There is OIS for the primary shooter. There is an 8MP selfie camera.
The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage expandable via a microSD card. Finally, Android 12 runs out of the box.
The color options are Black, White, Mint, and Lavender. The phone is priced at £429 in the UK and €499 in the rest of Europe.