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About Sony Xperia 10 Plus - Review, Specs + more

With the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, the famed Japanese manufacturer has come up with a new mid-range phone in the 10 range, and this time it has also got a slightly well, larger big brother - enter the Xperia 10 Plus. What's it like to use on an everyday basis? Let's find out... 

So to complete the range, just to recap, Sony has recently launched:

At a glance: Xperia 10 Plus

The first thing we noticed: that screen. The 21: 9 format of the display is a real highlight - this movie format is found primarily in streaming services, so the Sony phone offers a new experience movies and series. Otherwise, in the test of the Xperia 10 Plus we can see it fits the mould of the usual middle range qualities: solid performance and good equipment. Camera and battery disappoint somewhat, but we'll come to that later.

Xperia 10 Plus - Design

It's not easy to keep track of Sony's smartphones. So far, the XZ and XA series were the outstanding devices according to our reviewer. But now there is the middle class, the Sony Xperia 10 and Sony Xperia 10 Plus here - not to be confused of course with the new flagship model Sony Xperia 1. Phew!

What makes the "number models" special, according to Sony at least? Well, their displays have the 21: 9 cinema format. This is interesting for movie streaming because, for example, the Netflix app supports the format. Elsewhere, however, the innovation creates a few problems, but more on this  later.

The Xperia 10 Plus is a "mid-range" device in terms of hardware. The retail price is ~£400 in the UK for the handset only and with no contract, which isn't cheap given that there are some obvious corner cuttings going on here: the case of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus seems mediocre. The back looks like aluminum, but is made of plastic, which leaves a somewhat cheap impression.

At the top of the display the Notch is missing, a welcome change; instead it's dominated by a wide frame. At the bottom, however, the display is almost borderless. Overall, the phone seems conspicuously elongated and narrow. If you hold the Xperia 10 Plus in your hand, it sticks out of your hand at the top or bottom.

The feeling of the X10 Plus is generally pleasant thanks to the rounded edges, but the placement of the keys takes some getting used to: the volume can almost only be adjusted by contorting your hand because the keys are located very far down.

For right-handers, the thumb is always on the side of the frame mounted fingerprint sensor. The processing of the device is good, even if the transition between display and frame has a clear edge. Overall, the design is pretty standard but functional: a large, angular block and according to some of the reviews must certainly be a matter of taste. It's a bit of a Marmite product.

Our Verdict on the Xperia 10 Plus

The feature list of the Sony Xperia 10 Plus is quite consise, nay acceptable, for a mid-range phone and loses a few points only due to the lack of dust and water protection. Otherwise it's pretty standard fare here.

A few other points: the Sony has both a USB type C connections as well as a separate headphone socket.  The obligatory fingerprint sensor is located in the side of the frame and is thus quite narrow.

From the 64 GB of internal memory for the user around 47 GB is available and it's entirely plausible to extend this without issue. In the dedicated microSDslot,  users can add memory cards up to 512 GB; the two slots of the dual-SIM function remain so free. The pop-out golder with the three slots, however, takes some getting used to: unlike most mobile phones, it can be opened with a fingernail and then you have a fairly fragile-looking component in your hand.

So should you buy one? Here are the alternatives to consider: Huawei P20, Samsung Galaxy S8, or even the iPhone 8.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus review: Price and competition

Obviously, these upgrades will make a slightly bigger dent on your wallet. Should you decide to pick up the Xperia 10 Plus rather than the basic model, it’ll set you back £399 – a £50 price jump. That’s not too much of an increase considering the Xperia 10 Plus’ long list of improvements as detailed above. If you're looking for a Sony Xperia smartphone for 2019 then you can't go wrong with the 'Plus' version - it's just infinitely better.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus: Specifications

  • Case
  • Dimensions: 167 x 73 x 8.3 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Operating System
  • Platform: Android
  • Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Display
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2520
  • Performance
  • Memory Card:
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Autonomy
  • Battery Capacity: 3000
  • Camera
  • Front Camera: 8 MP
  • Back Camera: 12 MP
  • Connection
  • Connection Type: LTE
  • GPS:
  • SIM Capacity: 2
  • Network
  • WIFI:
  • WIFI Hotspot:
  • Bluetooth:
  • USB: