Sony Xperia 10 II – Review

The Xperia 10 II look excellent. It uses a OLED panel with resolution 2520 x 1080 21:9 aspect ratio screen, giving it an elongated, more-tall-than-wide style, and has square- off sides for a boxy, monolithic shape. The black, high-gloss finish on my review phone is classy if a little faceless, and the build quality and construction are superb. Which is surrounded by narrow side-bezels plus a small chin and forehead — the former cleverly hiding the speaker, the latter housing the 8MP selfie camera, earpiece/speaker, and notification LED.

Sony Xperia 10 II specs

  • Body: 157x69x8.2mm, 151g; Gorilla Glass 6 front and back, plastic frame; IP65/68 rating; Black, White, Mint Green, Berry Blue color options.
  • Screen: 6″ OLED, 2520x1080px resolution, 21:9 aspect ratio, 457ppi; 60Hz refresh rate.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 665 (11nm): Octa-core CPU (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver); Adreno 610 GPU.
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 128GB built-in Emmc storage, microSD slot (shared with SIM slot 2).
  • OS/Software: Android 10.
  • Rear camera: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor, 26mm equiv. focal length, f/2.0 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF. Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4″, 52mm (2x), f/2.4, PDAF. Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4″, 16mm, f/2.2, fixed focus. 4K/30 video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, 1/4″, 24mm, f/2.0, fixed focus. 1080p/30fps video recording.
  • Battery: 3,600mAh, 18W wired charging support (PD + Quick Charge 3.0).
  • Misc: Capacitive side-mounted fingerprint reader; NFC; 3.5mm headphone jack.

The Xperia 10 II is — exactly what you’d expect from a company that makes some of the best televisions out there. The pixel density of 457ppi and aluminum for the mid-frame and Gorilla Glass 6 on both the front and the back. And it’s glass of the glossy kind, aka the kind that picks up fingerprint smudges extremely easily.  And an IP65/68 rating means it’s resistant to water and dust too.

In back, there’s a vertical pod in the top left corner containing the three camera: one 12MP camera and two 8MP camera. An LED flash is mounted above this pod. Rounding up the rear are Sony and Xperia logos (middle and bottom).

All buttons are on the right hand side: the fingerprint scanner is built in the power key in the middle, the volume keys are above it and lack of the dedicated camera shutter key. I would love the camera shutter camera button.

3.5mm headphone jack at the top with microphone.

The Xperia 10 II only has a single loudspeaker. It is positioned in the grill, in the bottom chin, below the display. The loudspeaker itself isn’t overly impressive either. There is a USB-C port and a microphone on the bottom. The Type-C port supporting USB 2.0 speed and fast charging at 18W.

All of this is IP65/68 certified, and the SIM card tray is combined with a microSD card slot for removable storage. Overall, this design is super clean, understated, and absolutely premium. The black glass is really gorgeous!

With the ratio of 21:0 wide display, Sony also included a shortcut icon for you to enable split screen for displaying two apps on one screen and it’s perfect for multi-tasking.

The phone has a triple-camera array, housed in a bump which juts out slightly from the rear of the phone: Wide (main): 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor, 26mm equiv. focal length, f/2.0 aperture, Dual Pixel PDAF. Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4″, 52mm (2x), f/2.4, PDAF. Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4″, 16mm, f/2.2. The camera didn’t come with OIS (optical image stabilization)

Daylight Photo and video Performance

Video remark: During our walkabout and we tested disable Electronic Image Stabilization “EIS”, while capture the video on 4K recording is much smoother. However, the 1080P 30frame with enable EIS seem working fine.

1080P 30fps EIS

1080P 30fps disable EIS

4k 30fps EIS

4k 30fps disable EIS

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4

Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4

Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Night Photo and video Performance

 

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4

Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4

Main Camera: 12MP, 1/2.8″ sensor

Telephoto: 8MP, 1/4

Ultra wide angle: 8MP, 1/4

Performance, Benchmarks and Gaming

We’ll be running latest firmware and comparison with Redmi Note 9S.

Model Redmi Note 9S Sony Xperia 10 II
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G [8nm] Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 [11nm]
GPU Adreno 618 Adreno 610
Storage 64GB UFS 2.1 128GB eMMC 5.1
RAM 4GB LPDDR4X 1866Mhz 4GB LPDDR4X 1866Mhz
Firmware MIUI Global 11.0.10 Android 10 Build 59.0.A.6.24

PCMark Benchmark

PCMark for Android introduces a fresh approach to benchmarking smartphones and tablets. It measures the performance and battery life of the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. And its tests are based on common, everyday tasks instead of abstract algorithms.

Work 2.0 Computer Vision Storage Work 1.0
Redmi Note 9S 7842 3985 12706 8953
Sony Xperia 10 II 6210 3121 8174 7553

3DMark Benchmark

3DMark is used by millions of people, hundreds of hardware review sites and many of the world’s leading technology companies. It’s the industry standard benchmark for graphics performance measurement, a professional-grade tool available to home users for free.

Score Sling shot Extrme OpenGL ES 3.1 Sling shot Extrme Vulkan API Overhead OpenGL 3.0 API Overhead Vulkan
Redmi Note 9S 2500 2546 2275 381860 447999
Sony Xperia 10 II 1178 1140 1130 200486 216712

A1 SD Benchmark

Benchmark your phone, tablet or any other Android based device storage, including but not limited to SD cards, Multimedia cards, Internal device memory, RAM, USB flash drives and other storage media.

Ram Storage Write Storage Read
Redmi Note 9S 21195.1 326.96 466.67
Sony Xperia 10 II 5615.22 185.92 275.66

 

Geekbench 5 Benchmark

Geekbench 5 is a cross-platform benchmark that measures your system’s performance with the press of a button. How will your mobile device or desktop computer perform when push comes to crunch? How will it compare to the newest devices on the market?

Single Core Multi-Core
Redmi Note 9S 568 1693
Sony Xperia 10 II 313 1403

Sony Xperia 10 II

569
7.4

Quality

8.0/10

Value

6.0/10

Design

8.5/10

Performance

7.0/10

Pros

  • NFC
  • IPX65/68 water-proof
  • 21:9 ratio screen

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Average Performance
  • Normal Camera quality
  • eMMC Storage
  • Poor Mobile Signal

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