Sony Xperia 10 III: not an unmissable purchase, but a lovable phone

Sony has been struggling in the mobile market for years and has not been able to bring a device under the roof that would convince serious masses to buy it. Seems like the Xperia 10 (Mark) III will not break this trend either. Regardless, the Japanese manufacturer’s mid-range device is a lovable mobile, even if it cannot compete with the high-end in terms of capabilities.

Externally, the Sony Xperia 10 III doesn’t cause any big surprises: you have to be on your feet to be able to distinguish it from the Xperia 10 II at first. Accordingly, the plastic frame remains, but the front and back are protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The Japanese still stick with the 21:9 aspect ratio, so the phone is 154mm tall and 68mm wide, giving us an elongated but compact phone. A real refreshment compared to today’s fashionable baking trays, even though it is not necessarily an easy/safe task to reach the upper part when using it with one hand. This design is quite unique, and one of the most attractive features of Sony’s phone is that it absolutely stands out from the current mobile range.

We either get it or we don’t

The somewhat oddly named Xperia 10 (Mark) III, on the other hand, stands out not only with its appearance, as this phone still has the increasingly removable notification LED, the traditional jack on the upper part of the frame, and the SIM tray is still can be opened with just a fingernail (therefore no special needle is included). The latter feature is especially cool in light of the fact that the device has dust and water protection according to the IP68 standard so rightly priced at a higher end compared to the Vivo Y21 mobile price in Pakistan. The storage for two SIMs or SIM and microSD cards have been moved to the left side, the USB-C port is at the bottom, while the volume control, the power/fingerprint reader button, and an extra switch that activates the Google Assistant are on the far right. got a seat. The latter feels unnecessary, and it’s a big omission that you can’t use it as a shutter button when you start the camera app.

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The 6-inch display is based on an HDR-compatible OLED panel capable of displaying 1080 x 2520 pixels, which performs well in terms of brightness, contrast, and colors, but at the same time, it has a significant disadvantage that it only has a 60 Hz image refresh rate. can. In 2021, this is a deficiency that is completely incomprehensible in the case of a phone offered for around Rs. 97300 (USD. 436). To many, the bezels surrounding the screen, which are especially thick compared to the category (especially at the bottom and top), may seem old-fashioned, but according to our own subjective judgment, this still suits Sony’s phone well. The black frame radiates a certain understated elegance, and it is also to be respected that the manufacturer did not give in to the trend of the camera island or the camera hole cut into the screen – and that’s how the already mentioned notification LED got there.

There is also no fingerprint reader built into the screen, in return the side button works lightning fast, but we also have to give up face recognition, and there is still no always-on display mode either. This is said to be good for the operating time, with the 4,500 milliampere-hour battery, the mobile can last up to two days without charging with average use. There is no wireless power supply, but the phone can be charged with up to 30 watts – of course, if we have a suitable adapter for this at a cheaper Oppo mobile price in Pakistan because Sony has packed only one 7.5-watt accessory with its porta in an extremely sloppy way. It should also be noted that there is no silicone case and no pre-installed screen protector. Even the Japanese could copy something like this from their Chinese competitors.

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Not a champion in hardware

In terms of internal components, we get an acceptable, but not too heavy set: there is a Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G processor made with eight-millimeter manufacturing technology, which is complemented by an Adreno 619 graphics core, accompanied by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. This configuration was enough for almost 350,000 points in the Antutu benchmark program, which means that the phone is far more suitable for running Android 11 and performing everyday tasks, but if someone also wants to play with the latest and most popular programs, it is worth it to a more powerful device.

We get Bluetooth 5.1, but there is no WiFi 6 yet, but the mobile phone is already able to connect to the new generation 5G networks, and NFC is not left out either, so it is easy to pay with a phone instead of a card at touch terminals.

On paper, he’s a great photographer

On the back panel, next to the Sony logo positioned in the middle, we find a camera island that is quite restrained compared to today, with an LED flash above it that functions as a flash. Sony’s solution is not only restrained compared to the ever-increasing extent of its competitors but also the “bulge” that hides the lenses rises barely a millimeter from the plane of the back panel, so

As for the cameras on the back, on paper we get a particularly promising set-up: the main camera is only 12 megapixels, but it comes with an 8-megapixel wide-angle (120˚) and a dedicated telephoto unit, which is capable of double optical zoom.

The images taken with all three cameras are acceptable, but they do not reach the level that competing upper-middle-range smartphones, i.e. between Rs. 97,000 (USD. 434) – Rs. 114, 000 (USD. 511), are capable of today. The detail is not real, the photos are often quite noisy, and in the case of the main camera, distortion can often be detected at the edges of the images. The main unit also does its job very well at night, but the wide-angle lens is only worth choosing during the day. 2x optical zoom is no longer a special feature these days, but the performance of the zoom lens is basically nothing to complain about, although noise is sometimes a problem in this case as well.

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On the video front, 4K/30 fps is a given, but due to the lack of image stabilization in this mode, it is quite difficult to take evaluable recordings with your bare hands, and unfortunately, the situation is roughly the same with 1080p/60 fps. That is why if someone wants a normal-quality motion picture, but does not have a separate image stabilization accessory, then it is worth choosing 1080p/30 fps right away, because in this case the electronic motion reduction works very well, and in addition, you can switch from the main camera to the wide-angle unit while recording. too.

Unique, but not unmissable

In terms of its capabilities, the Sony Xperia 10 III does not really compete with its competitors, but we still consider it a lovable phone, which is mainly due to its compact size, despite its length, and the resulting understatedly elegant uniqueness. The IP68 protection, the jack connector, and the retained LED flash are also pleasant little things, but there is no doubt that there are also serious shortcomings, such as the 60 Hz image update, the lack of face recognition, and a camera system that is not very strong in terms of the end result.

If someone wants a unique phone, perhaps a big Sony fan, there is a good chance that they can accept these weak points, but if the best possible performance and (more) modern functions are important when choosing a new phone, then for 170 thousand you can find plenty of better options. Such are the recently debuted OnePlus Nord 2, the Galaxy A52 5G, or perhaps some other Galaxy phone at a much cheaper Samsung Price.

Sony Xperia 10 III specifications:

  • Display: 6-inch (1080 x 2520 pixels) OLED, 21:9, 457 ppi, 60 Hz, Gorilla Glass 6
  • Processor: Qualcomm SM6350 Snapdragon 690 5G + Adreno 619
  • Memory: 6 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB (expandable)
  • Rear cameras: 12 MP main camera; f/1.8; 27mm, 1/2.8″; 8 MP telephoto; with 2x optical zoom; f/2.4; 54 mm; 1/4.0″, 8 MP ultra-wide; f/2.2; 120˚; 16mm; 1/4.0″
  • Front camera: 8 MP wide-angle; f/2.0; 24 mm; 1/4.0″
  • Battery: 4500 mAh
  • Size: 154 x 68 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 169 grams
  • Other: 30W fast charging, dual SIM, built-in side fingerprint reader, stereo speaker, Bluetooth 5.1, 5G, dual Wifi 5, NFC, jack connector, notification LED
  • Operating system: Android 11

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