The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a medium with a screen with cinematic proportions, which has some interesting solutions. There are no competitors at the moment. Is it worth your attention? Here's a review of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus smartphone.
Sony always walks its own paths, thanks to which it has as many supporters as opponents. The latest medium Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a unique equipment, because it is dedicated primarily to fans of series and movies on a small screen. The screen has a 21: 9 aspect ratio. However, it has a few other interesting additions, but it was not without mishaps. So, this model falls on the background of smartphones costing about PLN 1,900 ? I invite you to read a review of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus .
A new incarnation of Sony? Not completely
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus from the front looks completely different than the previous average in the offer of the Japanese company, as well as competing smartphones. Without a doubt, this style can not be mistaken for any other. Sony, however, has always been very original and you can not refuse him now. The bottom frame of the display is very slender , thanks to which the display looks great in this part. Górna is, however, a typical airport, for which the producer was hated until the launch of the Xperia XZ3, although the XZ2 had frames slightly narrower than its predecessors. However, this does not change the fact that this frame is very catchy. However, I realize that it is necessary, because only in this way the Japanese managed to hide the screen controller, and also put a speaker for calls, sensors and a camera for Selfie without using indentation. On the occasion of the front panel you can not fail to mention the very nicely curved glass along all the edges of the screen . The rounded corners and the loudspeaker recess also look great. The arrangement of the elements on the right side is not completely thought out. If the biometric sensor is in the ideal place (the thumb of the right hand or the left hand pointing to it), I do not understand why Sony decided to use a traditional switch, which is not too high. Instead, I'd rather see a solution from older Xperia flagships – a switch with a built-in biometric sensor. Active, of course. The volume adjustment bar is also not in the ideal place, because the volume is forced to move the smartphone in the palm of your hand or to bend the thumb unnaturally. A better place would be, however, the left side. And on the left there is only a plug, under which the manufacturer has hidden a hybrid slot for two SIM cards in the nano standard (or nanoSIM + microSD) . Just open it a little to make the smartphone reboot – a classic made by Japanese. On the top frame there is a 3.5mm mini jack and a secondary microphone. At the bottom, a USB type C port, a multimedia speaker and a microphone. On the back panel there is a large island, reserved for two lenses, protruding above the face. Above them is perfectly integrated two-tone, double LED brightening diode. Under the NFC badge, the Sony logo and also Xperia. You need to know one thing about the back panel – it's made of plastic . In the case of a smartphone costing almost PLN 1,900, I would expect metal or glass. The more that this material imitates metal. Despite the fact that the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is a relatively long and narrow smartphone, it is in the palm of your hand, but it does not necessarily fit into your trouser pocket . As if it was not a 17-inch bar weighing 180 grams.
The battery offers a very standard working time
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus supplies energy with a capacity of 3000 mAh , which, when using a large diagonal display, is an average value. In addition, in the sales set you will not receive a quick charger with a specific power, but only 5V / 1.5A. It is a great pity, because the smartphone supports the USB Power Delivery standard (USB PD). As a result, a full battery takes two hours and fifteen minutes . It can not be hidden that this is quite long, especially against the competition with batteries of the same capacity. Leaving the smartphone under the charger for a quarter of an hour you will recover 17%, and after the next fifteen minutes the charge indicator will reach 32%. The working times on the screen are on a decent level – with the automatic adjustment of the display brightness and LTE data transmission, the SoT is on average 4 hours . Sometimes, however, this value dropped to three hours. Everything really depends on what you are currently doing and under what conditions. After switching to WiFi, the time on the screen can be extended by about an hour. In practice, this means that the smartphone will have to be recharged on average every 1.5 days with moderate use or once a day if you press some energy consumption. [wptab style = "4" title = "Games"] [slug test = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22826" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812 , 22808,22802,22800,22754,22752,22750,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Charging time "] [slug test =" battery "virtual =" loading-ac "order = "asc" selected = "22826" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812,22808,22802,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Attached Battery manager with STAMINA mode allows you to choose one of the available energy saving scenarios. In the most restrictive mode, the Xperia 10 Plus functionality is limited to the basic functions, although we have access to the camera, music, album or FM radio.
There has not been such a screen for a long time
The Sony Xperia 10 Plus is one of the manufacturer's smartphones, which uses a cinema-format display, 21: 9 , which is clearly longer and also much narrower than the 18: 9 screens. It has a diagonal of 6.5 " and FHD + resolution, more specifically 1080 x 2520 pixels. The screen was made in IPS technology and uses image enhancement technologies. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been protected against damage. The display is ideal for consuming content , as it is more than just 18: 9 matrix or even 19: 9 matrix. In addition, as I already mentioned on the occasion of construction, it's great in the hand and its service is convenient, but you have to get used to it. Such proportions will also work when working on two applications at the same time, if you use it. Sony emphasized during the premiere of this model that the on-screen keyboard does not cover our content and we can still watch at least video materials. However, using this screen Sony did not think only about the ordinary use of a smartphone and multitasking, and above all about enjoying the pleasure of watching video on the screen of a smartphone. Netflix, which has already adjusted about 40% of its materials to the ratio of 21: 9, will help in this. However, if video materials (not only from Netflix) are in standard proportions, you can always stretch them. However, you need to remember one thing – you are missing a part of the displayed image in favor of cropping. [wptab style = "4" title = "AdobeRGB"] [test slug = "test-colors" order = "desc" selected = "22826" virtual = "color-adobergb" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812 , 22808,22802,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" sRGB "] [test slug =" test-colors "order =" desc "selected = "22826" virtual = "kolor-srgb" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812,22808,22802,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4 "title =" Maximum brightness "] [test slug =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JASE_PASS "order =" desc "selected =" 22826 "type =" single "product_id =" 22826,22812,22808,22802,22800, 22754,22752,22750,22710,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Just scaling the application to atypical proportions is surprisingly good . Most games automatically stretch, just like apps. However, if some game is not able to stretch, then black bars are also visible. The maximum brightness is at a very high level – almost 600 cd / m2 , so that during sunny days there will be no problem with the readability of the screen. I do not have any reservations for the minimum backlight. Unfortunately, the ambient light sensor does not work properly, as it often selects the illumination intensity badly, which sometimes makes it too dark. In addition, it works with a delay. I can not write a good word about the mapping of colors , because they are definitely below expectations, bearing in mind the class and the price of the smartphone. The AdobeRGB palette is 57.5%. Coverage of sRGB scale colors reaches 79.7%, and in DCI P3 59.5%. In the settings, you can find, among others, a nightlight, and therefore a filter to reduce the emission of blue light. Sony took care of the on and off schedule. It is also possible to adjust the range of colors. A nice addition on the Xperia 10 Plus smartphone is a side menu that can be activated by double-tapping the edge of the screen . This is something similar to Edge Sense in combination with FIT (Frame Interactive Technology). This menu displays the most frequently used applications, and also offers quick access to switches. Nice addition, but definitely requires the extension of functionality. To facilitate the operation of the smartphone, Sony has also decided to offer one-hand operation mode – just tap the navigation bar twice.
Camera, application and camera
Sony bet on a double camera. One is an Exmor RS image sensor for mobile devices, which has a resolution of 12MP (lens aperture f / 1.75, size of a single pixel 1.25μm), and the other 8MP (pixel size 1.12 μm, aperture f / 2.4, for the effect of shallow depth of field) . The parameters clearly indicate that we are dealing with a set that is almost typical of average people. In addition, the lens aperture makes us believe that even photographs taken in worse lighting conditions will look good enough. Plus a dual flash, support for 4K video recording in 21: 9 format, as well as HDR, AR effects, and slow motion. And of course, a double optical zoom, which is not a matter of course in this class of equipment . However, there is no optical image stabilization. I have never been particularly happy with the possibilities of Sony photographers, although there were some great exceptions, including the Xperia XA2 Plus. Unfortunately, it is no different in the case of the tested model, especially when looking at the competition. It's just that the Japanese put more emphasis on the manual mode, which makes the pictures taken from the machine look worse . -> View full size example photos Lottery is the best word to describe the quality of photos taken with the Sony Xperia 10 Plus smartphone. The machine works very unevenly and, in principle, you never know how to capture the moment in the frame. It is best in the case of very good weather conditions , although the eye (also surprisingly) enjoys the pictures taken after dark. However, it's bad when it's cloudy. I appreciate, however, the reproduction of colors that I have always praised for this manufacturer. It is natural and certainly not everyone will like it. Pictures with optical zoom In the case of a 21: 9 screen phone, the possibility of recording video in the same proportions could not be missing and that's what you can do in 4K resolution. Movies can also be recorded in standard format and 4K resolution. Of course, it is also possible to register in FHD at 60 fps, as well as 30 fps. The materials hold a good level – autofocus copes well with sharpening, and the smoothness and quality of sound do not give any reason to complain. Sony also added video recording in slow motion at 120 frames per second and 720p resolution . This is a continuous recording mode, although we can later set ourselves at which point the slow motion playback should begin. https://youtu.be/MUzB2Uwh81M The photo application is sensible and intuitive . After starting, we have access to several additional settings, and the professional mode and additional effects can be found under the button located under the virtual shutter release. In addition, the last used mode is quickly available. Selfie was dedicated 8MP camera with F / 2.0 light with matrix type 1 / 4.0 inches. This translates into good quality photos (with HDR mode) and video materials that can be recorded in Full HD at 30 frames per second. It is worth knowing that there are even beauty functions.
Efficiency is sufficient
The heart of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is the increasingly less-used Qualcomm SoC system for mid-priced devices, namely the Snapdragon 636, which has eight Kryo 260 cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz, as well as the Adreno graphics chip 509. In addition, there is support from the appropriate amount of RAM, which in this model is 4GB. This set does not give you reason to complain . Not only that, it works well and ensures smooth operation of the smartphone at all times. In terms of speed, it certainly does not match competitors such as Huawei Nova 3 or POCO F1, which is much cheaper. I did not feel the lack of computing power to run the application or the general use of the phone. There is no question of slowing down the interface, and the only thing you can find fault with are stand-alone restarts (once a day for the first few days). [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc" selected = "22826" virtual = "pcmark-android-work" type = "single" product_id = " 22826,22812,22808,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" AnTuTu 7 "] [test slug =" android-antutu-7 "order = "desc" selected = "22826" virtual = "antutu-total-7" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812,22808,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Manhattan (OnScreen)"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22826" type = "single" virtual = "manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = " 22826,22812,22808,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" GeekBench Single "] [test slug =" geekbench-4 "order =" desc "selected =" 22826 "virtual =" geekbench-4-Single-Core "type =" single "product_id =" 22826,22812,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "GeekBench Multi"] [test slug = "geekbench-4" order = "desc" selected = "22826" virtual = "geekbench-4-Multi-Core" type = "single" product_id = "22826,22812,22800,22754,22752,22750,22710,22700"] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] RAM management is correct , so switching between open processes is relatively quick. However, you must take into account the fact that after clearing the memory, the loading time is clearly longer. When it comes to graphics performance, the Xperia 10 Plus handles the titles available on Google Play well, ensuring a smooth and stable gameplay. However, if you are going to play Asphalt 9: Legends, then I must disappoint you – this title is not searched for on Google Play on this device. The smartphone works under the control of Android 9 Pie with the security level of February 1, 2019. The system has been enriched by a manufacturer's cover, which has everything you need and has been optimized well. By default, a bar with gestures has been dedicated to navigating through the interface. To open recently used applications, just move it slightly up. When you do this, open the application drawer too hard. If you hold down the virtual button, you will open the Google assistant and tap to go to the main screen. If it is necessary, the back arrow appears. Applications for video and photo processing are very good . With their use, you can create a slideshow, collages, as well as movies with impressive transitions and a good background music. There is a lot of opportunities to get involved, because you can download add-ons from the application level. There was also a genius music player. There is even Netflix, Xperia Lounge, or a help assistant, a simple file manager and an antivirus program. So everything is.
Equipment – complete
Equipped with a dual card connector in the nanoSIM standard , which using the LTE modem offers fast data transmission. It is worth remembering that this is a hybrid slot , so you do not have the possibility to expand the memory without giving up the dualSIM function. On the two slots you can use the full data transmission capabilities (2G / 3G / 4G). Added to this is the dual band WiFi module 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), which works very steadily. There were also Bluetooth 5.0 with Audio HD Qualcomm aptX (no problem with all kinds of accessories). There is also a GPS with GLONASS. The smartphone does not lose its range, the sound is loud enough, and the microphones pick up the voice well. Normally I tested on Orange and Plus network cards.Internal memory is 64GB . There are just over 49 GB left for the user. The USB 2.0 C-type port offers support for OTG, making it possible to connect external mass storage devices. The equipment does not run out of NFC , making contactless payments is possible. There is even an FM radio. The multimedia speaker is placed on the bottom frame on the right. It sounds decent and at the right volume level , enough to play, listen to music and watch movies. Thanks to the quality and High-Resolution Audio format, the sound you play on your smartphone will be exceptionally close to the original studio recording. The DSEE HX technology will keep the original, high quality of even compressed files. I was not able to check the sound quality on the dedicated headset, however, because the set delivered for testing was incomplete. As a form of security Sony used a biometric sensor, which is located on the right side, as you already know from the description of the construction. I have no objections to its operation – it is precise, but not the fastest. I think, however, that this is not a problem.
Summary and evaluation
Sony Xperia 10 Plus seems to be a successful smartphone of the Japanese company, despite some shortcomings, resulting primarily from the high price, which is currently at the level of 1899 PLN. First things first. Without a doubt, you need to appreciate the cinema aspect ratio , which allows more comfortable use of two applications simultaneously, as well as watching video materials. However, it would be nice to have a better color calibration, and to the full bliss even more stereo speakers, so that not only the picture was exceptional, but also the sound. I do not have any objections to performance , because the smartphone works quite sensibly, although at this price you could expect a bit more powerful computing unit – at least Snapdragon 660, and preferably Snapdragon 710.Rich communication facilities, more precisely full and yet more efficient + perfectly placed biometric sensor, are the next strengths of the Xperia 10 Plus smartphone. For some, the problem may be an extended construction, which is clearly higher than in the competition. It also shakes the casing made of plastic. Also disappoints the main camera, which despite the strong accent in the form of a double optical zoom, is not able to perform really good quality photos in all conditions and more importantly – every time. It does not expect here the opportunities offered by flagships, but more at the level of competitors. However, juxtaposing all the pros and cons, at the end of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus I can recommend to all moviegoers, thirsty for a breath of freshness in the world of smartphones, as well as those who want to stand out. In fact, I would be able to accept all the shortcomings of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, if the model cost a mountain of PLN 1599 for the start. At that time, I would also consider him one of the best average players on the market, and yes – it is simply a good middle class smartphone with an unusual screen and at too high a price . [Show_rating]