A watered-down version of the Sony Xperia 1 IV with some of the phone’s Pro features retained
The Xperia 1 IV is by no means, a powerfully “Pro” phone. It takes the word one step higher than other flagships. However, its expensive price may not be attractive to some and hence, the fourth-generation Xperia 10 IV is here to compensate. Unlike the flagship phone, this does not have ZEISS lenses and T* coating.
The phone’s design did not change but it does update the internals of the preceding Xperia 10 III. The display is a 6in. FHD+ IPS LCD with, unfortunately, no high refresh rate. The phone’s design uses Sony’s signature no-notch 21:9 aspect ratio display. While it does not have a high refresh rate, it does compensate with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The phone is slightly lighter but also a hair shorter. It stands at 154mm and is narrower too at 67mm. It now weighs 161g making it one of the lightest 5G phones released, as claimed by Sony.
Due to Sony’s dedicated environmental programs, the phone does not come with a charging brick and cable. Disappointing since soon, this will be the norm and the reasoning would be for the environment. Would have saved more in the long run if the chargers remained. It has a 5000mAh battery inside complemented with an unspecified fast charging rate.
The chipset also has been upgraded from the SD690 found previously on the Xperia 10 III to the Snapdragon 695 found on this phone. One major improvement is the lower manufacturing process (8nm vs 6nm), paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that is expandable via MicroSDXC under a shared slot.
The cameras have not improved based on hardware but it has a lot to bring in terms of their software. It still has a 12MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, and an 8MP telephoto camera but now, the main camera can record with OIS. Sony has also improved on other features such as Superior Auto mode, Auto HDR, night mode, and AI-enhanced selfies. Speaking of selfies, the camera on the front has an 8MP resolution. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the chipset, the phone could not record in 4K.
The headphone jack is here to stay and is also complemented with an LDAC chip to bring a massively immersive sound experience complemented with Sony’s signature 360 Reality Audio feature that transforms stereo sound to surround sound. Another advantage of the Sony Xperia 10 IV over the competition is the IP68 rating, a feature restricted normally to more expensive handsets. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner
It comes in mint, black, white, and lavender colour options. In Europe, the phone is priced at EUR 499 (~Php 27.3K) and we won’t likely see it land here in the Philippines.