Introducing the Xperia 10 II – Sony’s first mid-range phone with an OLED display and a triple camera
Let’s admit that the new branding of Sony is not pleasing. According to Sony, the new naming of the smartphones (in this case the Xperia 10 Mark 2) is done in imitation of the way Alpha DSLR cameras are named. According to Sony, thanks to the 6-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9, the smartphone Xperia 10 II can be a TV and a game console in your pocket. In the following, we will review more details of this phone.
Xperia 10 II is designed in dimensions of 157 x 69 x 8.2 mm. The weight of 151 grams of this phone puts it in the lightweight category. Contrary to the market practice of offering full-screen phones with minimal borders, here we are faced with relatively large borders – especially at the top and bottom of the display. The front camera is placed on the same border above the screen and there is no notch or hole. The use of Gorilla Glass 6 resistant glass on the front and back, while beautifying, also helps in its strength. This device is resistant to dust and water with IP65/68 degree of protection. Of course, according to Sony, if the user immerses the phone completely in water or exposes it to sea water, salt water, chlorinated water or liquids such as drinks, this is an improper use of the device and voids the warranty. it falls
The wide screen of this phone has a diameter of 6 inches and, as mentioned, it uses the aspect ratio of 21:9, the resolution of the screen is Full HD Plus (equivalent to 2520 x 1080 pixels) and an OLED panel is used in its construction. This is the first time that Sony uses OLED panels to produce a mid-range smartphone. According to Sony’s claim, in this display, the colors are richer and the blacks are deeper; Like what we expect from a flagship. Apparently, this display uses the same Triluminos technology – which is used in making Bravia TVs.
Smartphone Xperia 10 II is very long due to the aspect ratio of 21:9 and may not be comfortable for many people to hold and work with such a device. But this feature brings interesting features to the user; For example, using the multi-window feature, the page is divided into 2 parts and each part is dedicated to running an application. This functionality looks great – especially for multitasking. For example, suppose you open the map program in the upper window and send a message in the lower window. It is also possible to switch between recently opened programs and suggested programs. As mentioned at the beginning, this display is protected by a cover of Gorilla Glass 6.
Snapdragon 665 is the chip used in the Xperia 10 II. This mid-range chipset consists of 4 2 GHz Cortex A73 cores and 4 1.8 GHz Cortex A53 cores (all Kryo 260 cores) and its Adreno 610 GPU. 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory are intended for this phone, which can be upgraded to another 1 TB by inserting a microSD card.
Probably the most obvious difference between the Xperia 10 II and its predecessor (except for the Bravia Triluminos OLED display), is in its camera set. Unlike the Xperia 10’s dual camera, the new Xperia 10 II has a triple rear camera setup. It should be noted that this is the first time that Sony uses a triple camera in a mid-range smartphone. The main camera of this set is 12 megapixels and the lens aperture is f/2.0. This camera with a field of view of 77 degrees is considered a wide camera and according to the manufacturer’s claim, with a focal length of 26 mm, it is suitable for photography in most situations and low light conditions.
In addition to the main camera, there are two other 8 megapixel cameras on the back of the device. One of them has an ultra-wide lens (with a field of view of 120 degrees) whose aperture is f/2.2 and its focal length is 16 mm. The other camera is also equipped with a telephoto lens (with an aperture of f/2.4), its field of view is 45 degrees and with a focal length of 52 mm, it is suitable for zooming in on the subject (although this telephoto camera was also used in the Xperia last 10 years). It was present, but in general, the presence of a telephoto lens in a mid-range phone is a relatively rare phenomenon. The front camera is 8 megapixels and its aperture is f/2.0 and its field of view is 84 degrees.
Sony’s expertise in the field Photography, along with the artificial intelligence technology used in Xperia 10 II, allows this phone to recognize different photography scenarios. As a result, according to Sony, various photography modes – such as night mode, professional food photography and natural skin tone – can be implemented in this phone. On Sony’s website, the depth sensor is not specifically mentioned in this collection, but considering the company’s reference to the camera’s ability to create a bokeh effect, it is likely that this effect will be applied to the images in software form. Other features of this camera include: HDR, manual mode, optical zoom up to 2x, digital zoom up to 10x, support for 21:9 photography and support for 4K video recording. Needless to say, a function called SteadyShot is also included in the new Sony phone, which, according to the company’s claim, can record video without shaking and acceptable even when moving.
The battery capacity of Xperia 10 II is stated to be 3,600 mAh. Apparently, the phone doesn’t come with a fast charger, but according to Sony, the Xperia 10 II is compatible with the optional UCH32C charger and can be quickly charged if needed. A feature called Xperia Adaptive Charging (Xperia adaptive charging) is provided in this phone, which, according to Sony’s claim, prevents the battery from being overworked by monitoring the phone during charging. Also, the Battery Care feature prevents overcharging the battery.
During the past years, Sony has repeatedly developed sensors Put your finger on the edge of the phone and it’s no surprise to see that this is also the case with the Xperia 10 II. Also, in terms of sound, this phone has High-Resolution Audio Wireless technology, but to benefit from it, the user must use a headset compatible with this technology.
The Xperia 10 II phone is produced in two models, single SIM and dual SIM, of course, the dual SIM version will not be available in all markets. Unlike Xperia 1 II, which is equipped with 5G, Xperia 10 II is still a 4G phone and does not benefit from 5G communication. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 5, NFC and Google Cast are among the communication features of this device. GPS and GLONASS navigation systems are supported in this phone, and in addition to USB Type-C, a headphone jack is also provided. Needless to say, the operating system of this phone is Android 10.
Smartphone Sony Xperia 10 II is designed in black, white, blue and a soft green called “mint”. This phone will be released in the second quarter of this year in selected markets. The price of this product in Europe will be 369 euros, which is approximately equivalent to 401 dollars at the current exchange rate. This price puts the Xperia 10 II on par with the Pixel 3a, and it is likely that the Pixel 4a will have a similar price. Of course, we should not forget that some features of Xperia 10 II (such as water resistance and triple camera) are absent in Pixel 3a.