As before, along with the reveal of the flagship Sony Xperia 1 V, Sony has announced the mid-ranger successor Sony Xperia 10 V. Billed as the world’s lightest 5G smartphone, the new Sony Xperia 10 V tips the scales at just 159g (5.61 oz.). That, my friends, is a weight we haven’t seen for a long, long time. What’s even more impressive is that this little big guy did not save on battery; it packs a beefy 5,000 mAh battery that offers up to around 34 hours of continuous video playback.
The new Sony Xperia 10 V is powered by Snapdragon 695 5G Mobile Platform, along with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB UFS storage with microSDXC support (up to 1 TB). Clearly, the new 10 is geared toward the young and trendy who care about entertainment on the go.
In addition to the 6.1-inch FHD+ (2,520 x 1,080 pixels) OLED display that is about 1.5x brighter than the previous model, it is equipped with front stereo speakers that deliver powerful, balanced true stereo sound. Moreover, it further boasts a 3.5 mm audio jack, and support for wireless transmission technology LDAC, allowing you to enjoy high-resolution high-quality sound with both wired and wireless headphones.
Moreover, it features DSEE Ultimate, which uses Sony’s proprietary AI technology to reproduce the sound source of the streaming service with high-quality sound equivalent to high resolution.
Unfortunately, though, the display has but just a 60 Hz refresh rate which in a world spoiled by mid-rangers with a high refresh rate, makes it kind of a letdown for a so-called mid-ranger with €449/£399 price tag. In contrast, Google Pixel 7a, which costs US$499, has a 90 Hz display.
But at least it has 3 cameras which comprise a 48 MP (effective)/12 MP (recording) 1/2.0” Exmor RS for mobile sensor main camera, an 8 MP 1/4.4” sensor camera, and an 8 MP 1/4” sensor super wide-angle camera. Meanwhile, around the front, there’s an 8 MP selfie camera.
A few other highlights include hybrid image stabilization (Optical SteadyShot), Ip65/Ip68 waterproof and dustproof performance, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, dual SIM (nano + eSIM), dual-band Wi-Fi, WiFi 6, USB 2.0 (with Type C interface), Bluetooth 5.1, positioning (A-GPS, A-GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS), and NFC. Interestingly, it looks like it does not have a fingerprint sensor.
The Sony Xperia 10 V comes in a choice of Lavender, Sage Greem, White, and Black colorways and it will be available starting mid-June for the aforementioned €449/£399.
Availability and pricing stateside are yet to be announced.
Images: Sony Electronics.