Sony Xperia 10 IV review
By Yvonne
2022-10-14

The Sony Xperia 10 IV might not be the best phone in the lower mid-range at the moment, but it still has appeal.

Sony Xperia 10 IV review

Sony Xperia 10 IV smartphone is a phone that excites and frustrates almost in equal measures. It's a smartphone that has credit after all is said and done. This phone will appeal to both fans of compact phones and the Xperia series.

The pros

  • +

    Battery life is amazing

  • +

    Camera features for advanced applications

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    Quality construction

Cons

  • -

    Average performance

  • -

    Some camera inconsistencies

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    60Hz display refresh rate

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Review in two minutes

It's a mix of both the Sony Xperia 10 IV and its competitors. The price is reasonable for what it offers in return. It's easy to see why it will appeal to many, even though its cost is not too high.

The cheapest Xperia model for 2022 is this one, positioned next to the Sony Xperia 1 IV (it goes up every year). The middle should have a phone, however the Sony Xperia 5 IV is still not available at this time.

The good news is that the smartphone's battery life can last for several days. This is a major consideration for many phone buyers. However, it should be remembered that the charging speeds are slow and there's no wireless charging.

The build quality is excellent, as usual with Sony. There are some caveats to this phone's build quality and screen refresh rate.

The Sony Xperia 10 IV's camera quality is still a major factor in choosing a smartphone. It performs well above many other similar-priced phones. It does have some inconsistencies, and low-light performance is not always great.

This summary will help you to understand the pros and cons of this phone. It doesn't matter if your Sony Xperia phone is already owned. The 10 IV will be a good choice if you love the design and feel of the series.

Your budget is important. While this handset may be a good value for money, there are many other options that offer better value. Take a look at our list of best-value phones right now. It's crucial to research thoroughly before you make a decision.

Price and availability of the Sony Xperia 10 IV

  • Yours for $449 / £429
  • One configuration option
  • Now on Sale in the UK and USA

The retail price for the Sony Xperia 10 IV is set at $449 / £429 (which is about AU$650, although it's not officially on sale in Australia). You might also find special offers and variations depending on where you live. The phone is currently on sale in the countries where it's available since June 2022.

The pricing clearly shows where the phone stands: it is in the low-mid range, right above budget phones that cost the most. It actually offers a decent value for money if you have realistic expectations.

  • Value score: 3.5/5

Sony Xperia 10 IV design

The Sony Xperia 10 IV in black face down on a tiled floor

  • Traditional Xperia10 aesthetic
  • Includes a 3.5mm headset jack
  • There are four different color options

The design of the Sony Xperia 10 IV is not surprising. It looks a lot the same as its predecessors, most recently, the Sony Xperia 10 III in 2021. The Xperia 10 IV is a compact and blocky piece of glass and plastic with slightly round corners.

The Xperia 10 IV has a 6.-inch screen, a thickness 8.3mm and a weight 161g. The phone's matte plastic finish around the edges and back and its uncluttered appearance are both a plus.

The volume buttons and power buttons are located on the right side of your phone. There is also an integrated fingerprint sensor. On the left, you will find the SIM tray (which doubles as a microSDXC slot). Sony includes a standard USB-C connector at the bottom and a 3.5mm headset jack on the top. The box does not contain any other items, so you will need to bring your own cable and charger.

Depending on where you live, this phone is available in four different colors: white, mint, lavender, and black. The black model was tested and, while there isn't much design innovation it offers, it looks clean and simple enough to be appealing. It also feels sturdy and easy to hold.

Its IP65/IP68 rating provides a level of protection against water and dust. The phone can also survive underwater for 30 minutes at 1.5m without experiencing any adverse effects. However, this doesn't mean that you should submerge the phone.

  • Design Score: 4/5

Sony Xperia 10 IV display

The Sony Xperia 10 IV in black face up on a tiled floor

  • 6 inch, 1080x2520 OLED
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • A smaller display

Sony is well-versed in making displays for various devices. The 6-inch OLED display of the Xperia 10 IV, 1080 x 2520 pixels, has the same quality as any other screen. The display is bright and clear and Corning Gorilla Glass Victus makes it more resistant to scratches than other screens.

Although the bezels on the sides aren't very thin, they work well. The screen's biggest problem is its 60Hz refresh rate. This makes it slower than many of its rivals. Although it's fine, we used 60Hz panels a while back. However, you will see a difference when you switch to a 90Hz panel or 120Hz.

The screen was flawless, and we didn't have any major issues. It looks great whether you stream video or scroll through your social feeds. The screen is about average for this mid-range smartphone. However, it does have a small footprint which some users may prefer. It can also feel cramped to those who are used to larger screens.

  • Display Score: 3.5/5

Sony Xperia10 IV cameras

The Sony Xperia 10 IV (back), held in a hand

  • Triple-lens rear camera
  • Capable to take very high quality shots
  • 2x optical zoom

At the beginning of the review, we said that the Sony Xperia 10 IV was a mixed bag. This is perfectly illustrated by the camera system that is built into the phone. It is not very reliable in terms of what you receive back.

Technically, the triple-lens rear camera has a 12MP wide lens + 8MP Telephoto and 8MP ultrawide. This is almost identical to the predecessor's rear camera module. The front camera is a single lens 8MP wide, which makes it a very capable photographer.

The rear camera is excellent and you will get great shots, just like you'd expect with a Sony Xperia smartphone. The occasional issues with color correction or focus can make this phone less appealing.

Similar results were seen with HDR processing. We left it on automatic, and although this worked well in many cases, sometimes the process got tangled up. There are many options in the camera app that you can play with, so it is possible to get more consistent results with less effort.

Although low-light photography may not be very impressive, we don't expect to see stunning images in this handset. You can still get usable images in dark and night with the Night Mode, but it is not recommended.

There is potential, as you'll see in the samples images below. However the low light performance and reliability leave much to be desired. It is certainly a plus to have optical image stabilization and 2x optical zoom at such a low price.

  • Camera score: 4/5

Sony Xperia 10 IV specs and performance

The Sony Xperia 10 IV (front), held in a hand

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 CPU
  • A snappy
  • Connected to the 5G Network

With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 processor, 6GB RAM, and 128GB onboard storage, the Sony Xperia 10 IV falls in the middle of the range when it comes internal specifications. You can also expand this amount with a memorycard. If you have a 5G network, this phone can be connected to it.

Overall, the performance of the phone was smooth and snappy. However, we noticed that the phone sometimes slowed down when trying to do difficult tasks like switching between apps. This is not an issue, as apps and games generally work well.

Geekbench scores of 1353 (OpenCL), 1819(multi core), and 660 (single-core) are indicative of what kind of performance the phone is getting. The Google Pixel 6a scored 2837 for its multicore score. This is closer to what you will get from premium phones.

It's important to note that this speaker doesn't have a great deal of power, so if you plan to watch a lot or listen to podcasts on your phone, you won't be relying upon it for music playback. Although the solitary speaker is capable of doing a decent job, it's not much more.

It is a completely different story with the headphone jack. This supports Sony's 360 Reality Audio and DSEE Ultimate standards. You can also control these features using the software that comes on the phone.

  • Score: 3/5

Sony Xperia 10 IV software

Android 12 running on the Sony Xperia 10 IV

  • Android 12 at board
  • Minimal Bloatware
  • Extra Side Sense utility

Out of the box the Sony Xperia 10 IV has Android 12, and - just as usual for Sony - you can't do much to customize or tweak the stock Android. We are fine with that, and we expect it to be the case with many people.

The only bloatware is a Music app by Sony and LinkedIn, which you can uninstall easily. Sony does not alter the operating system settings in any way, but there are widgets for the home screen and audio that you can adjust.

Side Sense Launcher is an additional feature that you get at the bottom of your screen. This allows you to quickly access your most used apps and favorite applications. It wasn't particularly helpful, though it is easy to disable if it bothers you.

  • Software Score: 4/5

Battery life for Sony Xperia 10 IV

  • Incredible 5,000mAh capacity battery
  • It won't be charged every night
  • Disappointing charges

The Sony Xperia 10 IV's battery life is one of the reasons why it beats other handsets. It has a 5,000mAh battery which will last for many days between charges. If you don't play demanding games, you will get about two days of use from each charge.

However, it's not all bad news. A full charge of your phone can take up to two hours. This is not ideal for those who are in hurry. It's one compromise you can make by choosing a cheaper phone that charges up much faster.

A compromise here is that there's no wireless charging function. This convenience can be used with many other phones. The handset must be charged via USB-C cables. We didn't mention this, but most people will still have one.

All things considered, battery life is what really matters. Most days ended with over 50 percent remaining. In our video streaming test, the battery level was only 3 percent lower. This equates to more than 30 hours worth of playback.

  • Battery Score: 4/5

Score card for Sony Xperia 10, IV

Attributes Notes Rating
Design It's a simple and straightforward design, but it is appealing in a minimalist sort of way. 4/5
Display The display on the Xperia 10 IV is decent, though there's also room for improvement. 3.5/5
Performance Don't expect top-tier performance from this phone because you're not going to get it. 3/5
Camera The Xperia 10 IV can take some very good snaps - though there are also a few issues. 4/5
Battery One of the highlights of the Xperia 10 IV experience is the excellent battery life you get. 4/5
Software The phone uses a clean version of Android 12 that's very close to the stock version. 4/5
Value You can get the Xperia 10 IV for a reasonable price, though the competition is strong. 3.5/5

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It's a good deal if...

Would you like a smaller phone
Although the Xperia 10 IV may not be the smallest smartphone on the market it's still very compact. It has a 6-inch corner-to-corner screen.

Value for Money
It is an affordable phone that is also a good choice in many areas, including build quality, screen and battery life.

A phone that can last is essential.
The Sony Xperia 10 IV's best selling feature is its battery life. It's rare that a smartphone doesn't need to be charged at night.

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It's not worth the risk if...

A great camera is essential
Although the Sony Xperia 10 IV is capable of taking great pictures, it can sometimes make mistakes. This can frustrate even though the specifications are some of the best in the price bracket.

Want the best display?
This phone has a good display, however the 60Hz refresh rate makes it not top-of-the-line in its class. And this is the one area that the Xperia 10 IV lags behind other phones.

Want fast performance
You'll be able to notice an increase in speed with the Snapdragon 695 mid-range smartphone if you have more cash.

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