This pricing is impractical for the majority of Filipino users.
Sony launched two phones (The Xperia 5 Mk. V is yet to be launched, and we don’t know when either): the Sony Xperia 1 Mk. V and the Xperia 10 Mk. V. One is overwhelming, and the other is underwhelming. We already tackled the professional phone, so we believe its expensive pricing is justifiable. How about the 10?
Well… it comes with fresh new colours with a lighter tone and pastel-like finish… except for black of course. These are the lavender, green, and white colours. Its design is the iconic square no-bezel full-screen design that the company is known for. The screen is protected with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus but to achieve those attractive pastel colours and lightweight, Sony used a plastic back casing.
It features a 6.1-inch. FullHD+ (2400x1080px) 60Hz OLED screen just like before but Sony said this display is about 1.5x brighter. The phone is also lighter than the Mk. IV, weighing only 159 grams. In this day and age, having no higher refresh rate for a luxury midranger feels like a war crime.
By the way, it uses the dreaded Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 chipset which allows it to have 5G services but also underwhelming for its price. You have a choice between 6/128 and 8/128. This storage option is lacking, you say? Worry not, just like the flagship 1 V, the 10 V has a 1TB MicroSD Card slot. Also, like the flagship sibling, it also has IP68 dust/water resistance.
It uses a 5000mAh battery with an undisclosed Wattage rate. However, GSMArena suspects it carries the same 21W rate as with the predecessor. It charges via USB-C but lacks a headphone jack. The 1 V at least gets Hi-Res and Spatial Audio capability.
The main upgrade here is the camera. It now uses a 48MP f/1.8 1/2.0″ lens with OIS. In comparison, the Sony Xperia 10 IV uses a 12MP main camera with a smaller sensor. The 8MP duo remained in this phone as well. It is nice to see them here because other companies are slowly removing these sensors in their midrangers which makes the 10 V stand out from the rest. By the way, the telephoto camera has OIS and 2x optical zoom while the ultrawide has a 120° field of view. That’s something at least.
The phone is available in Europe starting mid-June for EUR 449 (~PHP 27.2K) which, if this was released in the Philippines, would get a lot of backlash due to how impractically priced it is. The phone is as expensive as the Nokia X30 5G here. For 27K, you could get a Samsung Galaxy A54, a Xiaomi 12T Pro, or a Realme GT Neo 5 SE (if you could find it in Lazada that is). You could even get an iPhone 11 with that price.
There are four colours: Black, White, Green, and Lavender, as stated before.
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