04/11/2019

Introducing Xperia 10 and the new generation of Sony devices

The next device that will join Sailfish OS will almost certainly be the Xperia 10.

Let’s try to get acquainted with this new device and discover it.
Xperia 10 is part of the current generation of SONY devices, along with the top of the Xperia 1 range, and the Xperia 5, and represent Sony’s vision for the future of smartphones, a cinematic future at 21:9!

A future at 21:9

Starting from the MWC 2019, SONY has introduced devices with 21: 9 display, a very long format, created with the enjoyment of cinema content (of which Sony is one of the world leaders).
A brave choice that differentiates SONY from the mass of competitors, but that is also risky: the narrow and elongated format may not appeal to the generic user.

Xperia 10: new generation?

Let’s focus on Xperia 10. Although advertised and classified by SONY as a ‘new generation’, in reality this model shares the same CPU and GPU as the XA2!
This will greatly facilitate Jolla’s work in adapting the software, but in practice makes the Xperia 10 simply one of the variants of the XA2 family.
For J-D Blog, the Xperia 10 will be cataloged as a variant of the XA2 family.

General reception

Unlike its bigger brother Xperia 1, the Xperia 10 received a rather warm welcome from the main YouTubers who review the new releases, precisely because of the technical characteristics of the previous year, in step for 2018, but penalising in 2019/2020, at least from the point of view of these picky YouTube reviews for several phones a month.

 

The hope is that Jolla will also add Xperia 1 to its official devices: recently Xperia 1 was added to the Sony Open Devices program; Xperia 5 for the moment is not part of it.

 

A comparison with XA2 Plus…

As mentioned above, it is permissible to classify the Xperia 10 as an alternative on a par with XA2 models. By carefully comparing the technical specifications we note that:
– The CPU is the same, 8 cores (4x 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4x 1.8 GHz Cortex A53) for both
– The GPU is the same as Adreno 508
– RAM, the Xperia 10 has less: 3GB, which are more than enough, especially with the native apps.
– Display, 6 “but is a 1080 x 2520 pixel in 21: 9 wide format. The pixel density rises to 457ppi!
– The main camera is finally double: 13 MP + 5 MP instead of single, 23 MP (there are improvements in SF OS as reviewed by Leszek Lesner)
– Wifi: the Xperia 1 get an improvement, it adds the compatibility with 802.11 ac standard.
– Battery. Sadly, the battery is smaller (2870 mAh instead of XA2, very good 3580 mAh)

An Xperia 10 e un Xperia XA2 Plus side by side

In summary the Xperia 10 would seem to be a third update of the XA2 family (after Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra as rev. 1, and XA2 Plus launched a few months later as rev.2) with marked improvements at the level of the camera and the display!

BUT there are some minor drops together with possible doubts related to the support that the device will receive with Sailfish OS:
– the battery is reduced to 2870 mAh, will there be same good SONY SW optimisation (as reported in all the reviews)?
– the second front camera be supported by Sailfish OS?
– will the fingerprint sensor be supported from the launch?

At now, there is no an official release date by Jolla. In the meantime, you can learn more about the following resources:

Preview of sonywebsiteOfficial information from the Sony website (attention, many features refer to Android)
https://www.sonymobile.com/it/products/phones/xperia-10/

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Video

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Preview of the new Sony family at the beginning of the year / by AndreaGaleazzi.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T491viQp0_s

Unboxing Xperia 10 and short review / by Geeky Stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExQJUnC9kdA

Favorable review (April) by Techline / Linus
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHo6_uC5U0M

Sony 10 and plus review / by PhoneArena
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md9TA0IDC-8

Good reading
Giovanni - Jolla-Device.com


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