Sony Xperia 10 II: substance and form almost equal
The Japanese manufacturer Sony has suffered from the fierce competition of Chinese brands in cell phones. With its Sony Xperia 10 II, the Japanese firm aims to position itself on a market of mobiles under 400 $.
Design: Sony’s marginality is a strength
For years, the Japanese company has distinguished itself by its desire to make different choices from what is done on the market. For a long time, Sony phones had protruding edges giving the products a rather marginal look. With the Sony Xperia 10 II this trend is confirmed because of the 21:9 screen format adopted for the touch interface. If the shape is atypical, the grip of the mobile is assured. When you hold it, you will notice how light the phone is, weighing 151 grams, a real featherweight on the market.
The flat rear panel is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, which offers a nice visual effect but makes fingerprints very visible. The other problem brought by this choice of glass slab is that the phone may have a tendency to slide depending on the surface where it is placed. In the grip of the mobile, everything is assured. This one also has a 3.5 mm jack port. A USB type-C port and a removable slot to integrate a Sim card and a Micro SD card. Despite its atypical design, the Xperia 10 II offers a perfect grip even if its length is not necessarily suitable for small hands.
Screen: an interface little illuminated but very colorful
The Japanese brand’s phone is sold at less than 400$. For this range of sales, manufacturers choose to highlight a particularity. The Xperia 10 II offers an OLED slab with a size of 6.0 inches. Especially the big difference compared to the whole world market of telephony, is that the Sony Xperia 10 II offers a screen format 21 : 9 offering a fairly long interface and little width.
In use, the measurements of 01net.com’s laboratory highlight several important points. First of all, the Sony phone’s panel offers a brightness rate of 565 cd/m². This is well below average compared to the competition. In comparison, the OnePlus Nord offers a figure at 768 cd/m² and the Google Pixel 4a at 739 cd/m². The consequence is that in the sun, the mobile suffers from a slight defect in brightness that is not really detrimental to the untrained eye. The OLED technology offered on the mobile offers an infinite contrast ratio. The very last element to take into account on the recorded data is the colorimetry. The screen of the Xperia 10 II has a Delta E 2000 of 6.33, which means that the colors are quite warm if you choose the right settings.
With its particular display format, the Sony Xperia 10 II is an ideal support to watch series or movies. Thanks to a Full HD resolution, you will be able to watch quality contents without any problem. However, when it comes to navigation or even mobile games, the format becomes a real weakness in terms of ergonomics. Especially since the borders at the top and bottom of the phone reduce this feeling of size even more.
Performance: far from being the most aggressive phone on the market
When it comes to technical specifications, Sony has always relied on Qualcomm processors. The Xperia 10 II has a Snapdragon 665 chip that confirms the mid-range positioning of the phone. The commercialized version also has 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
On paper, the datasheet is quite decent which looks quite similar to a Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T yet at half price.
As a direct consequence of this slimmed down spec sheet, the smartphone’s performance suffers significantly. This is reflected in benchmark scores well below what is offered by the competition. On Antutu V8, the Sony Xperia 10 II has a score of 177845 which is much lower than a Pixel 4a at 278829 or a OnePlus Nord at 332476 points. However, this does not mean that the phone is unusable on a daily basis, the phone does suffer from some lags when layering applications. In the field of mobile games, the smartphone comes out fairly well for titles that are not very demanding in terms of performance.
As usual, the Sony phone offers a fairly pure user interface, very close to Android Stock. The consequence of this, is a personalized experience and especially quite simple to apprehend. With all the features offered such as digital wellness or other, your smartphone will be a faithful ally in your daily life.
Autonomy: a very good autonomy compared to the competition
The technical data sheet presented earlier confirms a trend, the mobile is not a monster of power. On the other hand, the Japanese firm has well equipped its product with its internal battery. The Xperia 10 II is equipped with a Li-Po 3600 mAh. In fact, this gives little indication, it is mainly in the measurements made that this is reflected.
Still according to the measurements made by 01net.com, the cell phone of the Asian brand offers good performance in terms of life. According to the reports, the Sony Xperia 10 II offers a versatile autonomy of about 15h14. In the comparison with the OnePlus Nord as well as the Google Pixel 4a, the mobile outperforms its two competitors, which have measurements of 14:50 and 13:26 respectively. On the other hand, there is no fast charging technology in sight on the phone. To have the battery at 100%, you will have to wait a total of 2h 33 of full charge.
Photography: Sony has not yet found the right recipe
For its photography part, the Japanese brand Sony is still not recognized as one of the best on the market. With the Sony Xperia 10 II, the manufacturer does not claim to revolutionize the technology but offers what is on paper, a good interface. The phone has three lenses: one of 12 megapixels, supported by two other modules of 8 megapixels each. On paper, the Sony phone has enough quality to do the job.
In everyday use, the mobile offers very good photographs in the right conditions. In full light, without having to solicit the various features, the photographic renderings are of good quality without revolutionizing the genre. The main sensor of 12 megapixels offers balanced shots despite the absence of HDR mode. It is especially when the light comes to miss that the shots are less good. In short, Sony does not seem to have found the recipe for its Xperia 10 II.
Conclusion: what to remember about this Sony Xperia 10 II?
The Japanese phone is launched on the market of devices under 400 euros. A price range where the competition is very fierce with products like the OnePlus Nord or the Google Pixel 4a. With its atypical design, the Xperia 10 II still offers a nice OLED touch interface and an optimal grip. Also the battery and the autonomy of the product are of very good quality. Unfortunately, the Sony Xperia 10 II suffers from strong deficiencies in terms of power as well as in the photographic part. Of course, Sony has made huge progress on its mobile, but it suffers from the comparison with a OnePlus Nord or even Xiaomi.
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