(Pocket-lint) – Sony Mobile typically announces a few smartphones a year. After a naming strategy change in 2019, these ranges are now known as Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 10.
The Xperia 10 sits within the mid-range market, though takes some characteristics from the flagship Xperia 1. We saw the Xperia 10 II (Xperia 10 mark two) launch in the first half of 2020 alongside the Xperia 1 II, and now the third generation model has been revealed with the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III.
Here is everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia 10 III.
Release date and price
- Announced 14 April 2021
- Around £300-£350 in the UK
Sony Mobile announced the Xperia 10 III alongside the flagship Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III during an online event on 14 April 2021. The devices aren’t yet available, with Sony saying they will come to market “early Summer”.
Pricing also hasn’t been revealed as yet. The Xperia 10 II costs £319 in the UK (around $399). We’d expect a similar ballpark for the Xperia 10 III, though it would be great to see it under the £300 mark in the UK. We expect to know more soon.
- 154mm x 68mm x 8.3mm, 169g
- IP65/68 waterproofing
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- Black, White, Blue and Pink
The Sony Xperia 10 II features a similar design to its predecessor. There’s a flat slab design with rounded corners as we have come to expect from Sony over the years, with a bezel at the top of the display housing the front camera. Like the Xperia 10 II, there’s a glass back, which is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for the third-gen model.
A triple rear camera is positioned in the top left corner of the rear and there’s IP65/68 waterproofing, a feature that was introduced on the Xperia 10 range with the second generation model.
A physical fingerprint sensor is present again on the right-hand edge of the device and it’s exactly the same size as the Xperia 10 II, just 0.1mm thicker. The Xperia 10 III comes in Black, White, Blue and Pink colour options.
- 6-inch, Full HD+
- 21:9 aspect ratio
The Sony Xperia 10 III features a 6-inch OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is the same as its predecessor. Sony switched to OLED for the Xperia 10 range in the Xperia 10 II so it’s not surprising to see it stick with it for the third-gen model.
The 21:9 aspect ratio – good for movies – has been a common theme of the Sony Xperia handsets since the launch of the Xperia 1 and Xperia 10 in 2019 so it’s unsurprising to see this tall, narrow form again in the latest model.
The Xperia 10 range originally had two handsets within it – the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus – but in 2020, Sony offered only one option, which it has continued in 2021.
There’s a Full HD+ resolution on the Xperia 10 III and support for HDR. The 120Hz refresh rate is only present on the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III devices though.
Hardware and specs
- Qualcomm SD690G
- 6GB RAM, 128GB
- 4500mAh battery
The Sony Xperia 10 III features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690G platform under its hood, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. That means the Xperia 10 III is 5G capable – a first for this range.
There’s a 4500mAh battery capacity under the hood, but there is no support for wireless charging or reverse wireless charging, like the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III.
You will find a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Xperia 10 III however, as well as Hi-Res Audio support and DSEE Ultimate.
- Triple rear camera
- 8MP, 16mm, 1/4-inch, f/2.2
- 12MP, 27mm, 1/2.8-inch, f/1.8
- 8MP, 54mm, 1/4-inch, f/2.4
- 8MP front camera, f/2.2
The Sony Xperia 10 III has a triple rear camera, made up of a pair of 8-megapixel sensors, alongside the main 12-megapixel sensor, which is the same make up as the Xperia 10 II. It’s not as sophisticated as the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III devices, though this is a mid-range handset.
Features include Night Mode, Food, Human Skin Tone, Kids, Pets and Low Light Conditions.
There’s an 8-megapixel front camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
Sony Xperia 10 III rumours: What happened?
Here is everything we heard about the Sony Xperia 10 III before it’s official reveal.
8 April 2021: Sony teases Xperia I III in two official YouTube videos
Sony released two YouTube videos teasing the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 10 III launch. Not much was given away but there are a couple of small details.
6 April 2021: Sony Xperia 10 III design leaks thanks to case manufacturer
Case manufacturer Olixir appears to have leaked the Sony Xperia 10 III’s design thanks to some high quality renders showcasing the design sporting one of its cases. PocketNow, also detailed some missing specs, including an 8-megapixel front camera.
2 April 2021: Sony confirms Xperia event
Sony announced on its social channels that an Xperia event would take place on 14 April.
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17 February 2021: Sony Xperia 10 III with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G and 6GB RAM appears on Geekbench
The third generation of the mid-range Xperia 10 appeared on Geekbench featuring the Qualcomm lito platform – which is the Snapdragon 765G – supported by 6GB of RAM.
15 February 2021: Sony Xperia 10 III to have same camera loadout
Gizmo China said the Sony Xperia 10 III will have a 12-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel Ultra-Wide camera and 8-megapixel telephoto camara on the back, like the Xperia 10 II.
21 January 2021: Sony Xperia 10 III pictures leak
Leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer revealed some pictures of the Sony Xperia 10 III on the Voice platform.
18 November 2020: Sony Xperia 10 III will come with Snapdragon 690
GSM Arena suggested the Sony Xperia 10 III will come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 processor. It also said the measurements would be 154.4mm x 68.4mm x 8.3mm for the third-gen device.
Writing by Britta O’Boyle.