Review Sony Xperia 10 Plus's top features, build and screen quality, battery life, performance, and camera image quality in a short and sweet video review.
the Sony Xperia 10-plus has a plastic unibody with a smooth metallic looking finish it's a nearly seamless design and definitely looks premium at first glance. Would this year's Xperia phones sony has gone back to its traditional blocky form factor? Besides the rounded sides you won't find any curves here the new twist is the screens ultra wide 21 by 9 aspect ratio the Xperia 10 plus is taller than pretty much any other phone on the market.
It can sometimes feel awkward and using this device is more of a two-handed affair the display is a 6.5 inch IPS LCD covered by Gorilla Glass 5. Its bezels are quite small except for the large forehead which houses the selfie camera and notification LED Sony hopes that content will be more satisfying to watch on this widescreen sort of like going to the cinema which has the same 21 by 9 aspect ratio that sort of content isn't too mainstream but you can find some support on both YouTube and Netflix with a 1080p resolution in 422 PPI content looks pretty sharp on the screen. Contrast is good with reasonably deep blacks but colors aren't the most accurate even if you do decide to tweak them in settings the displays maximum brightness is pretty high at almost 600 Nits
Sunlight legibility is good you shouldn't have problems using the phone outdoors since the screen is narrower text scales smaller to fit especially noticeable on menus or the keyboard but one clear benefit is that you can fit more onto the screen at once when using vertically scrolling apps. On the audio front we have a single bottom firing speaker next to the USBC port it's no stereo setup but it is score an excellent mark and loudness test and it's distortion-free at max volume don't expect much bass here.
You have 64 gigs of storage onboard the Xperia 10 plus and it is expandable the tray opens quite easily and it fits to nano Sims in a microSD but the phone restarts every time you do this. You can unlock the phone quite easily with the side mounted fingerprint reader it's separate from the power button which is above it. you can also use face unlock but you do still need to swipe the screen to get in. Remember it's not as secure as the fingerprint.
The user interface of the Xperia 10 plus is pretty close to stock Android 9 pi. There are just a few of Sony's customizations sprinkled in swiping down on the homescreen will bring down the notification shade and swiping up opens the app drawer handy gestures for a phone is tall if you tap twice on the home screen you will enable one-handed mode which showing cui down into the corner and makes it easier to work with.
Under the hood of the Xperia 10 plus is a Snapdragon 636 chipset and for gaze of RAM it's actually six gigs on the Chinese model. Performance isn't too bad in CPU benchmarks it beats phones with a Snapdragon 630 and in GPU tests is about on par with that there's no throttling and is a good daily performer. But there are better options for mobile gaming. Honestly at this price we would have expected a more powerful chip. There's a 3000 milliamp hour battery inside the Xperia 10 plus actually a bit on the smaller side these days especially for a mid-range err it does a decent job though scoring an endurance rating of 78 hours and our proprietary battery tests charging is in the fastest with a 7.5 watt charger we got bundled with the phone. we were able to charge from 0 to 31 percent in a half an hour.
the Xperia 10-plus is a dual camera setup it is a 12 megapixel F 1.8 main cam and an 8 megapixel F 2.4 telephoto camera. both have face detection autofocus. In good light images taken with the main cam have pleasing colors in good detail, however dynamic range is quite limited and perhaps in the attempt to preserve the highlights the xperia tends to underexpose. You can only turn on HDR through a toggle and manual knowledge if you opt to do this you'll get a significant improvement in dynamic range but the shots are noticeably softer. Zoom photos with the telephoto camera are also in 12 megapixels in spite of the 8 megapixel sensor quality is decent similar to the main cam, except there's a bit less fine detail and the colors are more saturated in portrait mode.
Since this phone is so tall isn't really comfortable to use one-handed the Xperia 10 plus is not a bad phone but there's a lot of competition that can offer more and at a better price. If you really love the new aspect ratio then it might be worth looking into but otherwise the 10 plus is tough to recommend.