Sony Xperia 10 Mark IV – Small phone with a big battery

Sony nowadays makes few mobile phones, but it is nevertheless easy to forget that in addition to the top model series Xperia 1 and Xperia 5, they also have the mid-price series Xperia 10, which has also reached the fourth generation, mark IV. Or just Xperia 10 IV as Sony writes it.

The Xperia 10 Mark IV has a price tag of half or less of the top models, and of course has both similarities and differences. The most obvious similarity is the format. The screen is in a 21:9 format, which is more elongated than other manufacturers’ mobiles, and in addition, the selfie camera is not folded in, but left in a strip above the screen. The two properties in combination give Sony’s mobiles a very characteristic “letterbox format”. In any case, between the generations, the black frames on the top and bottom have shrunk so that the Xperia 10 mark IV is less long and narrow than before. Like the Xperia 5, it can claim to be a compact mobile for those who like more flexible formats. The Xperia 10 Mark IV is actually a bit smaller than the Xperia 5 mark IV. But then the most important thing is that the phone is slim, because in height it is not very compact, and if you think that the biggest problem with a phone that is too big is that you cannot reach with your thumb over the entire screen, then you will not find the solution in the Sony Xperia 10 Mark IV where the top of the screen is out of reach.

Plastic, but waterproof

The fact that it is a mid-priced model can be seen in the construction, with a plastic frame and back. However, the screen does not have very thick frames around the sides, and the phone is waterproof, which mid-priced models usually are not. The screen glass has not been skimped on either, it is of the Gorilla Glass Victus type, which is extra shock and scratch resistant. The screen is also of the Oled type, which provides good blackness and lower battery consumption, but some of the advantages you can associate with Oled are lost. For example, there is no function for always on display, which means that the clock and notification icons are visible even when the screen is off. The screen also doesn’t have a 120 Hz refresh rate, but for being 60 Hz it still feels fast.

The chipset powering the phone, the Snapdragon 695, isn’t super fast, and also only a marginal improvement over last year’s Xperia 10 mark III. On the other hand, it’s not cripplingly slow either, and the phone has performance on par with Samsung’s Galaxy A53 for the same price tag, but noticeably slower than the Nothing Phone 1. You notice that the phone isn’t a top-of-the-line model, but you rarely sit and swear at the poor response to the mobile phone.

Memory card slot and 3.5 mm jack are features that are often missing in top models, but they are present in Xperia 10 mark IV. However, I miss stereo speakers. If I watch a movie with the phone’s speaker, all the sound comes from one short side of the phone. The speaker sound is not very good either. Fingerprint reader is in the on/off button on the side.

Not a professional camera

Xperia 10 Mark IV uses Android 12 as the system. The Xperia 1 and 5 set themselves apart from other manufacturers with their professional apps for photography, video recording and music. However, you won’t find them in the Xperia 10 Mark IV, and the apps that Sony wants to install in addition to Google’s mostly feel like junk apps. However, you can choose not to have them installed during the installation process.

Above all, I miss Sony’s professional camera app. Sony’s tracking autofocus may have its flaws, but here you’ll find a simpler camera app, and a simpler camera for that matter. The main camera is indeed 12 megapixels, just like on the older siblings, but the pictures from it are not as good. In simpler lighting conditions, sunlight and ambient light, both sharpness and color reproduction are good, but above all in high-contrast conditions, the camera has problems with over- and under-exposure.

It is positive that there is both a wide-angle camera and an optical zoom, even if these take pictures with a lower resolution. The optical zoom in particular provides sharper images of details from further away. The wide-angle camera, on the other hand, is half-baked at its best, and images are often blurred at the edges. If you can live with that, I think the Xperia 10 mark IV is a nice phone without too many compromises for the price tag.

Camera example

That an image like this is both overexposed in the clouds and underexposed in the trees suggests that the HDR feature that combines multiple exposures is not very advanced.


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