Check out the mid-range Sony Xperia 10 IV in all its flat, tall, and boxy glory
Despite failing to turn any of its Xperia handsets released over the last few years into bona fide box-office hits and slipping closer and closer to global smartphone market irrelevance, Sony still seems to have a very devoted and passionate fanbase among our readers.
The problem is that many of these fans can’t actually buy the mobile devices they often feel so deeply attracted to, either because they’re not very “competitively” priced or because they’re not up for grabs in major markets like the US at all.
A familiar yet totally one-of-a-kind design
They simply don’t make’em like this anymore, and for the most part, they never did. By “they”, we mean almost every other smartphone brand under the sun, from Samsung to Motorola, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and Google, all of which are in a constant quest for a solution to the screen bezel (non) issue.
Perhaps more notably, the (presumably plastic-made) frame is also boxier, with sharp edges possibly aimed at making the Xperia 10 family look even more similar to the high-end Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 lineups.
Expected specs and availability
Apart from a flat 6-inch OLED screen with an unknown resolution and refresh rate support (probably Full HD+ and 60Hz respectively), the Sony Xperia 10 IV is pretty much guaranteed to feature a triple rear-facing camera system, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and yes, a good old fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack following today’s leak.
Sadly, there are no words on actual camera capabilities just yet and the rumored Snapdragon 690 processor seems… unlikely. That’s the exact same middling Qualcomm SoC the Xperia 10 III packed a year ago, and while we obviously don’t expect an upgrade to a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, something tells us at least a (5G-capable) Snapdragon 778 chip is in the cards.
A 4,000mAh battery would also be a disappointing way to follow the 4,500mAh-packing Xperia 10 III, so it might simply be best to ignore all the non-visual details “revealed” today.