It’s been a year since Sony announced its last Xperia 10 phone and so like clockwork we now have full information on the upcoming mid-range Sony Xperia 10 IV (that’s ‘mark four’).
The phone looks like a solid, affordable option for Sony fans who want the sleek narrow look of modern Xperia phones without having to shell out for the £1,299 Xperia 1 IV.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Xperia 10 IV.
When will the Sony Xperia 10 IV be released?
The Sony Xperia 10 IV went on pre-order sale on 16 June 2022. It will ship on 30 June.
It’s nice to see Sony announcing a phone and then actually launch it – the company often takes months for handsets to actually go on sale after the launch events. Maybe the company has finally listened to its critics on this odd strategy.
How much will the Sony Xperia 10 IV cost?
The Xperia 10 IV will costs £429 in the UK and €499 in Europe.
You can pre-order it now from Sony in either black, white, green, or purple, and will receive a free pair of Sony’s true wireless WF-C500 earbuds if you buy before 30 June.
Here are the pricing of the previous Xperia 10 models:
Sony Xperia 10 III – £399/€459 (approx $519)
Sony Xperia 10 II – £319/€379 (approx $419)
Sony Xperia 10 – £299/€349/$349
Inflation is clearly at play here, even if the tech is getting incrementally better with each launch.
Our current favourite mid-range phone is the £399 OnePlus Nord 2, so the Xperia 10 IV is up against some stiff competition and likely launching at a higher asking price.
What will the Sony Xperia 10 IV specs be?
The Xperia 10 IV is rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset, which means it supports 5G networks. This is the same processor as in the Honor Magic 4 Lite, which we recently reviewed.
The 10 IV pairs that chip with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and microSD card support. There’s also IP65/68 dust and water resistance and a good old fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack.
As well as the below black model, the phone will be available in white, green, and purple.
A 6in 1080x2520p resolution OLED display is there with the now-familiar tall 21:9 aspect ratio that is the same ratio as cinematic releases. Sony says the screen is 15% brighter than the 10 III. At this price though, it’s a shame Sony is sticking to 60Hz refresh rate where many rival midranges have 90Hz or even 120Hz.
The phone has triple cameras, with 16, 27, and 54mm lenses though Sony has not confirmed the Mp count at this stage. The cameras can handle auto HDR and Sony says there is an “improved” night mode.
There’s also a big 5,000mAh battery, which given the midrange specs of the phone should eke out a decent number of hours away from a plug.
Given we are talking about Sony, a known entity in the audio industry, the 10 IV also boasts a few neat music tricks including Sony’s DSEE Ultimate, which claims to use AI to boost the audio quality of digital tracks – though you’ll need decent and compatible headphones. The same applies for the wireless LDAC standard that’s also built-in.
We will have a review of the Xperia 10 IV in the coming weeks so check back to Tech Advisor to see if Sony’s latest mid-ranger could be your next phone.