Sony Xperia 10 III announced: Release date, price, specs & more
Sony's mid-range has just gone 5G, with the arrival of the new Xperia 10 III. Here's all you need to know
By Alex Walker-Todd
Tech AdvisorMAY 13, 2021 11:28 pm BST
Last year’s Xperia 10 II brought forward an interesting and compelling mix of hardware not seen elsewhere in the mid-range market. One thing it lacked, however, was 5G, something its successor – the new Xperia 10 III – is here to fix.
Xperia 10 II stood out for being a mid-range device with IP65/68-certified water and dust resistance, an OLED display and a headphone jack – a combination not found elsewhere in the space. While 5G is the biggest talking point with the Xperia 10 III, there are a few other additions that help raise this new mid-ranger’s profile too.
How much is the Sony Xperia 10 III?
While the company showcased the device and its hardware during its unveiling, it failed to produce a price, stating that this key tidbit of information would be made available nearer its release.
Sure enough, the phone was quietly placed on pre-order in Germany (via
Sony’s own online store and Amazon) come mid-May, priced at €429 and bundled with a pair of the company’s WH-CH710N noise-cancelling headphones.
Those who purchase via Amazon Germany also benefit from an additional six-month manufacturer’s guarantee on top of Sony’s standard 24-month warranty.
A day later, UK pre-orders went live, with the phone available from
Sony’s online store for £399 – again paired with a pair of WH-CH710N headphones, worth £130 (for those who pre-order). The phone will also be available via Amazon UK.
For reference, Sony has previously managed to keep the Xperia 10 range around the £350/US$430 mark, rendering the Mark III one of the most expensive Xperia 10 series phones yet.
Here’s how its predecessors’ pricing stacked up:
Xperia 10 II: £319/$430 (approx)
Xperia 10 Plus: £349/$429
Xperia 10: £299/$349
When does the Sony Xperia 10 III launch?
Despite launching the phone on 14 April – alongside the
Xperia 1 III and
Xperia 5 III, Sony initially billed the phone’s retail release as a rather general ‘early Summer’.
German pre-orders subsequently went live in mid-May, citing a ship date of 11 June – when purchased via Sony Germany’s online store, while Amazon Germany purchases will take a little longer, shipping on 21 June. UK pre-orders then went live the following day, listing a ship date of 12 June.
In the past, Sony has followed a rough pattern of announcing devices in February and then releasing them shortly afterwards. This was disrupted somewhat in 2020, like most things, by the global pandemic, which held the release back until May.
Xperia 10 III: June 2021
Xperia 10 II: May 2020
Xperia 10 & 10 Plus: Feb 2019
There’s also a question mark over whether the new device will be available in the US after the Xperia 10 II failed to make it to shores Stateside.
What features will be in the Sony Xperia 10 III?
The addition of 5G is the headline feature here, with the Xperia 10 III moving to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 690 in order to accommodate its newfound super-fast cellular connectivity. This comes backed up by 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
One other pleasant upgrade comes in the form of HDR support, which now features on the phones 6in 21:9 Full HD+ OLED display. Audiophiles will appreciate the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack, with the phone also boasting High-Res Audio support and DSEE Ultimate AI-based audio quality upscaling tech (also found on the new Xperia 1 III and 5 III).
Another big win should be over battery life, with the Xperia 10 III benefitting from a significantly larger 4500mAh cell than its predecessor that should address concerns over battery life, as was previously the case.
Here’s full rundown of the Xperia 10 III’s spec sheet:
6in Full HD+ OLED HDR display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G chipset
8Mp f/2.2 16mm ultrawide
12Mp f/1.8 27mm main
8Mp f/2.4 54mm telephoto
8Mp front-facing camera
3.5mm headphone jack
High-Res Audio support
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
IP65/68 water and dust resistance
4500mAh battery w/ 3-years long life promise from Sony
154mm x 68mm x 8.3mm
Colours: Black, white, blue, pink (availability varies by region)
While you wait for the Sony Xperia 10 III to actually hit retail, we recommend reading our roundup of the
best mid-range phones and
best mid-range phone deals so you know what the phone will have to beat in order to be worthy of your money.
We discussed the Xperia 10 III in more detail as part of our weekly podcast, Fast Charge: