light, strong, well equipped … it will hurt

The Sony Xperia 10 IV is here. The cheapest smartphone from the Japanese manufacturer bets on a 5000 mAh battery for a featherweight of 161 grams, all with the design and philosophy that we know.

As is well known, Sony likes to offer over-equipped Xperia cell phones, but these are also classified as premium and therefore relatively expensive, such as the Xperia 1 IV with its optical zoom. Luckily, the Japanese manufacturer also offers a range more focused on the mid-range and its latest model has just been announced. This is the Xperia 10 IV.

It may cost just under 500 euros, Sony wasn’t kidding and knew how to equip its cell phone with convincing elements. We can mention a large 5000 mAh battery coupled with a weight of only 161 grams or a sturdiness guaranteed by IP 65/68 certification and a Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Small concessions

The 6-inch Full HD + OLED screen adopts the famous 21: 9 ratio so dear to Sony, avoiding black stripes on certain formats, especially cinema. It’s a shame the latter is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but we have to make concessions.

Sony Xperia 10 IV: light, robust, well equipped... it's going to hurt

On the back we find the discreet oval photo module with its three sensors, a main sensor of 12 megapixels and two others of 8 megapixels, coupled with 16, 27 and 54 mm lenses. They are helped by optical and software stabilization for videos as well as automatic HDR recordings and a night mode. Sony also promises simplification for the average user, who sometimes gets lost in its sometimes overly technical applications.

Design and sound part Sony worthy

On the design side, Sony picks up on the classics in its range with rectangular optics and flat edges. We also find the 8-megapixel selfie sensor confined to the top of the screen, avoiding the presence of a knock or notch, the socket at the top. The Xperia 10 IV ignores the shutter button for the camera.

Sony Xperia 10 IV: light, robust, well equipped... it's going to hurt

Who says Sony says special attention to audio as usual. The Sony Xperia 10 IV integrates Hi-Res, Hi-Res Wireless or even LDAC technology. We should also mention the presence of DSEE Ultimate, a technology that theoretically uses AI to do this “Reproduce the subtle acoustic detail and sharpness of high-frequency sounds in real time, elements that are often sacrificed in audio compression.”, writes the builder. 360 Reality Audio is also integrated.

Let’s finish with the chip. It’s a Snapdragon 695 5G, one of Qualcomm’s latest mid-range chips that promises a significant boost in graphics performance. This SoC is equipped with a Wifi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1 modem. The Sony Xperia 10 IV runs Android 12.

price and availability

The Xperia 10 IV will be available in stores from mid-June 2022 at a price of around 499 euros. Four colors are available: black, white, mint green and lavender.

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