The middle range smartphone “Xperia 10 IV (Xperia Ten Mark Four)” released from July 8, 2022 by NTT DoCoMo, au, Softbank, and Rakuten Mobile. Although it is a product that attracts a lot of attention, it has many strong rivals. Let’s take a closer look at its features using the au version “SOG07”.
Further pursuit of miniaturization. Display also improved
The price of smartphones continues to rise, and high-end models are mainly in the high 100,000 yen range. Therefore, recently, attention is focused on middle range models of about 30,000 to 60,000 yen and cheaper entry models. The “Xperia 10 IV” is one such middle-range model. In the Xperia lineup, it can be said that it is the main model that is above the “Xperia Ace” series under the “Xperia 1” and “Xperia 5” series.
The body size of the “Xperia 10 IV” is about 67 (width) x 153 (height) x 8.3 (thickness) mm, and the weight is about 161 g. This size is 1mm smaller in width and about 8g lighter than the previous model “Xperia 10 III”. It is compatible with IPX5 / 8 grade waterproof specifications and IP6X grade dustproof specifications, and is also equipped with a FeliCa port. For the protective glass of the display, “Corning Gorilla Glass Victus”, which is resistant to scratches caused by metal and the impact of falling, is used. It’s not a tough body that complies with the MIL standard, but its durability is attractive.
The organic EL display “TRILUMINOUS Display” to be installed is about 6.0 inches in size and supports full HD + display of 2560 x 1080. As with the previous model, the maximum brightness has been improved by 1.5 times while maintaining a flat display with no notches that obstruct the view. It does not support HDR, high-speed drive, and touch sampling rate. In the sound function, it has a headphone jack and is compatible with the virtual surround technology “360 Reality Audio Upmix”. The speaker is monaural.
The appearance is not much different from the previous model “Xperia 10 III”, but you can see that it is certainly smaller and lighter when compared. I didn’t care because the verification machine this time was black, but the power button on the side is black for all color variations. The bright body color and the black buttons give the impression of being a little sloppy. The size and shape of the display have not changed from the previous model, but the block noise and color cast that occurred in the dark areas have been eliminated. On the other hand, it’s a shame that the refresh rate and touch sampling rate are still 60Hz. The high-speed display is effective in improving the perceived speed and is also useful for games. Most of the competing products in the same price range are installed, so it is undeniable that they are inferior.
The installed SoC is “Snapdragon 695 5G”. Combined with a microSDXC memory card slot that supports up to 6GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and 1TB. Android 12 is pre-installed as the OS. The capacity of SoC, memory and storage is the same as that of competing models such as Oppo “OPPO Reno7 A”, Xiaomi “Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G” and Motorola “moto g52j 5G”. However, they are only pre-installed with Android 11, and this machine has an advantage.
When using the standard benchmark application “AnTuTu Benchmark (version 9.X)”, the overall score of this machine was 392106 (breakdown, CPU: 120961, GPU: 101480, MEM: 65549, UX: 104116) “). In addition, “Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G” is 386238 (breakdown, CPU: 121316, GPU: 99515, MEM: 62324, UX: 103073), so the score is a little better than these. However, since it is a level that can be regarded as within the margin of error, it is realistic to consider the above four models including this machine to be at the same level in both processing performance and graphic performance.
The perceived speed does not feel particularly stuck, and it can be said that it is sufficient to have the same SoC. Regarding the OS version upgrade, Sony, the manufacturer, has not disclosed the policy, but Android 12 is scheduled to be distributed for the Android 10 equipped machine “Xperia 10 II”. You can expect this machine to be upgraded to Android 14.
Equipped with a 5000mAh battery. You can afford to have a battery for more than a week
This machine has a built-in 5000mAh battery. The continuous standby time of “Xperia 10 III (SOG03)” is about 770 hours, while that of this unit (SOG07) is extended to about 830 hours. This battery life is quite attractive. It is certain that there were many standby states, but even after using it for a week, there was a remaining amount of 40% or more. Even if you run a relatively heavy-duty application such as a game, the battery life will not deteriorate significantly.
However, the charging time is relatively long, 150 minutes even when using a 30W USB PD charger, and 220 minutes with a normal 15W output charger. This unit charges the battery to prevent it from deteriorating, so the charging time is long. This point needs a little attention.
A camera with an improved dynamic range. There are still issues in the night view
The main camera of this unit is a triple camera that combines a wide-angle camera (standard camera) with about 12 million pixels, an ultra-wide-angle camera with about 8 million pixels, and a telephoto camera with about 8 million pixels. It can be said that the feature of this camera is that it is equipped with a telephoto camera. The camera app “Camera” is a general touch-type shutter, and it does not have the camera app “Photography Pro” used in higher-end models, nor does it have a shutter button.