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You don't make drastic changes to a working formula, right? Well, we don't have the numbers to say just how successful the Xperia 10 II was, but it must have been very, since Sony hasn't altered too much on the Xperia 10 III we have for you today.
The few areas that have been improved are important, of course. While not a powerhouse in isolation, the Snapdragon 690 inside the new model is vastly more powerful and at least a little more competitive against the rivals of the day. 5G support is also now part of the package, thanks to the new chipset.
A significant increase in battery capacity to 4,500mAh (from 3,600mAh last year) is another most welcome development. That comes with some added heft, but at 169g, the Mk 3 remains one of the more easily pocketable handsets.
Less tangible changes include a bump in RAM to 6GB (previously 4GB) and the now-added HDR support on the otherwise apparently identical 6-inch OLED display. Sadly, it's still a 60Hz panel, and these are hardly fashionable, regardless of market position.Sony Xperia 10 III (left) next to the Mark 2
Of the things that have been carried over that still deserve a mention, the most important is the IP65/68 rating for dust and water protection - a rarity in the midrange that really sets the Xperia 10 III apart. The Gorilla Glass 6 sandwich is also hardly a given for the price. Here's a rundown of the key specs.
We got our Xperia 10 III review unit in the familiar white box Sony has been using for a few years now. There was the bare minimum of accessories inside it - just a charger and a USB cable to go with it.
The charger is rated at a lowly 7.5 watts, and that low of a value we haven't seen in a while. The phone does support USB PowerDelivery and will benefit from a higher-powered adapter - such as the company's own 30-watt XQZ-UC1 unit, but that's not what came bundled with our review device. Perhaps retail units will be equipped differently. Additionally, Sony has been known to adjust package contents from region to region, so variation by locale may also exist.
To sweeten the deal for early birds, Sony is offering a pair of WH-CH710N noise-canceling headphones for free with Xperia 10 III purchases, with the promo period varying by region. The headphones have an MSRP of €150 but normally retail for around €90 - still, a pretty good value we reckon.
The RRP for Xperia 10 iii 6/128 is $401 in my country. I just received notification I can get one for $360 in an upcoming sale. The dilemma I am in now is I also noticed someone wanting to sell a lightly used Oneplus 8T 12/256 for $320.
The only things I've found bad about this phone is that the display doesn't display colors well at lower brightness and that the side mounted fingerprint reader is mediocre, everything is else is good. Got mine for around 300usd which is go...
Thank you for your candid user review. You just saved me from spending $400 on this phone. I was interested in getting this phone because of good battery life, but the minus points you mentioned are too serious for me to ignore.