The 21: 9 format in force at Sony
No notch, no sensor under the screen, no hole-punch, even less retractable front camera … With its Xperia 10, Sony again seems to be playing the card of absolute classicism. However, on closer inspection, the Sony smartphone is adorned with an amazing format, very elongated, with a screen with a 21: 9 ratio. Nothing new, of course, but it still offers a fairly “” experience of a traditional smartphone. But is it any better?
When we take it out Sony Xperia 10 of its packaging, difficult not to tick in front of its very original elongated format. Despite a 6 ″ touchscreen, the smartphone fits perfectly in your hand, even if you are necessarily bewildered by this 21: 9 format. For the rest, the Sony Xperia 10 is adorned with a plastic shell, pleasant enough to touch elsewhere, although very slippery, with a double photo module on the back. You would then think that the fingerprint sensor is placed under the screen (like on a OnePlus 6T), but the latter is actually positioned on the side of the smartphone.
Unlike many competitors, the Sony Xperia 10 has a side fingerprint sensor. The latter is not positioned on the Sleep button, but between the latter and the volume controls. Admittedly, this allows the smartphone to be easily unlocked with the thumb when the smartphone is held (with the right hand), or even with the index finger when the terminal is placed on a table, but it also poses serious concerns. ergonomics, but we will come back to this below…
Once started, the Xperia 10 suggests a full HD + display of very good quality (via an IPS panel), with a display ratio of 79%, the “” to a fairly massive upper border. The contrast is average, just like the brightness, and even if the colorimetry sometimes leaves something to be desired (despite two predefined settings), the whole remains very correct, including in terms of reactivity to the touch.
Performance and ergonomics at half mast
Under the hood, the Sony Xperia 10 is powered by a Snapdragon 630 processor, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Not enough to take advantage of the latest trendy games, but easily enough to offer a perfectly smooth general operation one might think … In fact, the situation is a little less obvious, with a smartphone that sometimes struggles to juggle between various applications, with in prime a rapid tendency to overheat, especially when using the photo / video section.
Admittedly, here we hold in our hands a smartphone at “” 349 euros, but we would have appreciated a more fluid operation in general.
In terms of ergonomics, the screen in 21: 9 format is perfectly cut to take full advantage of compatible video content, and at this level, the Sony Xperia 10 clearly does not disappoint. The audio section (with two speakers at the bottom of the smartphone) is a little less convincing, but the multimedia section is clearly the strong point of the terminal.
We said above, if the general grip is very good, the placement of the buttons on the edge is however a real enigma … Indeed, if the fingerprint sensor falls (overall) rather well under the thumb, using the volume buttons or even putting the smartphone to sleep is a real hassle… Not content with being very badly placed, the buttons are also integrated into the shell, and the simple fact of putting your smartphone to sleep on the first try is almost miracle…
And the photo in all this?
On the photo side, the Sony Xperia 10 is adorned with a module composed of a 13-megapixel wide-angle main sensor, seconded by a 5 megapixel sensor to mainly manage the depth of field. In 4: 3 format, we therefore take 13 megapixel shots, but we can also opt for the 21: 9 format, provided that we are content with 8 megapixel shots.
In the field, in broad daylight, despite a relatively slow release, the results are rather convincing, without however going to tickle the tenors of the genre (hello the Huawei P30!). The shots lack a bit of sharpness, sharpness, but the photos will give complete satisfaction to those who simply want to capture certain moments of everyday life. In low light, the observation remains correct there too, even if necessarily loses a little more in overall quality.
On the video side, the Xperia 10 allows you to film in Ultra HD 4K, in 16: 9 as in 21: 9, but you will have to do without, among other things, SteadyShot. The latter is only available in Full HD quality at 30 frames / second. The craziest can even opt for “MMS” quality if they wish.
Daily autonomy and use
When it comes to battery life, the Sony Xperia 10 is not a model of its kind, and it will last at most an entire day being used as standard. Two modes allow you to inflate the autonomy, but you have to accept to do without certain functions. On the recharge side, it takes just under 2 hours for a full recharge.
Finally, in terms of pure use, the Sony Xperia 10 runs on Android 9.0, almost devoid of any overlay and any unnecessary application. You can decide (or not) to use the sidebar configured by default, and it is possible to double tap the main button to immediately access the “One hand” mode.
For the rest (telephony, contacts, messages …), we stay on the classic, very easy to access, and very effective overall.
My opinion on the Sony Xperia 10
Overall, the Sony Xperia 10 is a smartphone that will seduce you with its 21: 9 screen, which is particularly pleasant for multimedia sessions. For the rest, the smartphone certainly benefits from a beautiful screen, a fairly attractive format and a quality design, but the layout of the standby and volume buttons is a disaster, and the general performance is not at appointment, apart from possibly in the photo section. A smartphone that is not helped either by its pricing positioning, too high, or even by its autonomy, too low. In short, a pity…