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 will be made available nearer its release.
For reference, Sony has so far managed to keep the Xperia 10 range around the £350/$430 mark. This means we may see a price similar to the models that preceded the Xperia 10 III, which lined up in the following manner:
- Xperia 10 II: £319/$430 (approx)
- Xperia 10 Plus: £349/$429
- Xperia 10: £299/$349
If Sony sticks with this approach, then indications are that the Xperia 10 III will probably hit that £350/$430 point, provided the addition of 5G doesn't thrust an excessive premium on this new mid-range handset.
When does the Sony Xperia 10 III launch?
Despite having launched the phone on 14 April - alongside the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III, there’s no official release date scheduled as yet, with retail availability cited as kicking off from 'early Summer'.
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 II: May 2020
- Xperia 10 Plus: Feb 2019
- Xperia 10: 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
- 6GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- Rear cameras:
- 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
- DSEE Ultimate
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- IP65/68 water and dust resistance
- Android 11
- 4500mAh battery w/ 3-years long life promise from Sony
- 169 grams
- 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: