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Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10 & Xperia 10 Plus Launched. Too Tall for a Phone?

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Sony announced its Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona. The Xperia 1 is a premium model smartphone while the Xperia 10 and the Xperia 10 Plus are mid-range smartphones in terms of specs and price.

Mitsuya Kishida, President at Sony Mobile Communications said at the launch:

Our super mid-range line introduces our premium Sony innovations in our most accessible way possible. Our new 21:9 Wide display offers edge-to-edge entertainment in a sleek and slender hand-fit design

All the three smartphones adopt a tall display with 21:9 aspect ratio that allows improved experienced like multitasking.

Sony Xperia 1

The Xperia 1 has Gorilla Glass 6 protection while the remaining two has Gorilla Glass 5 protection along with an Aluminium Chassis. The high-end Xperia 1 comes with a 4K HDR OLED display along with a triple camera setup at the rear. The other two phones have HD+ LCD display and have a dual camera setup at the back. The 10 and 10 Plus retain the 3.5 mm headphone jack while the 1 has an IP65/68 rated body.

Sony Xperia 1 specifications

  • 6.5 inch OLED 4K display
  • Snapdragon 855
  • 6GB RAN
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto + 12MP ultra wide triple rear camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 3330mAh battery

Sony Xperia 10

Sony Xperia 10

The Sony Xperia 10 features a 6 inch display with slightly bigger bezels than the siblings. It is powered by a Snapdragon 630 coupled with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expandable to 512GB via microSD card. There is a horizontally arranged rear cameras of 13MP + 5MP configuration with 5X digital zoom, 4K support and 120 fps slow motion while an 8MP selfie camera is placed at the top bezel that also houses the speaker grill.

It comes with a side mounted fingerprint sensor separate to the power button placed between the power button and volume rocker. It comes with Hi-Res Audio and a Smart Amp. It runs Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 2,870 mAh battery with fast charging support.

Sony Xperia 10 specifications

  • 6.1 inch 21:9 HD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 2,870 mAh battery with fast charging support

Sony Xperia 10 Plus

The Sony Xperia 10 Plus comes with a larger 6.5 inch display and powered by a Snapdragon 636 paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is expandable. It also includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port. There is a 12MP + 8MP rear camera configuration that offers 2X optical zoom, 4K support and 120 fps slow motion.

It runs Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 3,000 mAh battery. Additional features include Smart Amplifier, Virtual Phones Technology, Stereo Recording and Qualcomm aptX HD audio.

Sony Xperia 10 Plus specifications

  • 6.5 inch 21:9 HD+ LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 8MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging support

Sony is yet to reveal about the Sony Xperia 1’s price but it did reveal how much the other two model will cost. The low-end Xperia 10 will be price at $350 (Rs 24,800 approx) while the higher Xperia 10 will come at a price tag of $430 (Rs 30,000 approx). The Xperia 1 is expected to have a price around $1000 and revealed to be launched “this spring”. As for the remaining two, the global sales for Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus will start from March 18.

Sony has a strange track record of US releases but it will launch the Xperia 1 in the country in Black and Purple Models sometime this year. The Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus will be available in the country in Black and Silver color options but will not be sold through carriers and will only be offered via online retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. The unlocked phones will work on AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. As for the global availability, Sony has divulged any specific information about it.

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Vivo V15 Launched in India. Comes with Helio P70, 32MP Selfie Camera & Triple Rear Cameras!

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Vivo launched the Vivo V15 smartphone in Thailand earlier this month. It is the watered-down version of the Vivo V15 Pro that has already been launched in India. However the standard Vivo V15 hadn’t made it to the country until now. Vivo officially launched the Vivo V15 in India today.

The Vivo V15 features a larger 6.53 inch 2.5D curved display with a FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. Like the Pro version, it misses out a top notch and punch hole and comes with a pop-up mechanism for the front-facing camera.

Under the hood, it houses a MediaTek Helio P70 chipset paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 256GB via a microSD slot. It is a bit different from the Thailand variant which comes with 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device sports a triple camera setup at rear with a 12MP primary sensor with f/1.78 aperture, 8MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a third 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. The front gets a 32MP pop-up selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. It comes with lot of camera modes and features like wide-angle mode, AR stickers, body shape adjustment and scene recognition.

The handset runs FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery with Dual Engine fast charging support.  There is a rear fingerprint sensor for security. Connectivity features include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac dual band, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/GLONASS and MicroUSB port.

The Vivo V15 is priced at Rs 23,990 for the single 6/64GB variant. It will be available in Royal Blue, Frozen Black and Glamour Red color options. The phone will be available for pre-orders from March 25 and will start shipping from April 1 from various online and offline channels.

Vivo V15 specifications

  • 6.53 inch FHD+ display
  • MediaTek Helio P70 chipset
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 12MP + 8MP + 5MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • FunTouch OS 9 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery with Dual Engine fast charging
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Honor 10i Launched in Russia! Comes with Triple Cameras & SD710 SoC.

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Honor quietly introduced the new Honor 10i in Russia. It comes with a waterdrop style notch and a 3D gradient finish on the rear. It joins the Chinese manufacturer’s other smartphones like Honor 10, Honor 10 Lite in Honor’s Portfolio.

As for the specifications, Honor 10i features a 6.21 inch display with a resolution of FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) and 19:5:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Kirin 710 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

In the optics department, the device comes with a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 24MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8MP secondary sensor and a 2MP ultra-wide sensor. On the front, it offers an AI-powered 32MP sensor. The handset runs EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie. It houses a 3,400 mAh battery. Among other specifications, the phone features 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor.

Honor is yet to reveal the pricing of the Honor 10i while the availability of the phone is listed as ‘coming soon’. Looking at the specs, it is likely a mid-range device that will compete against the likes of Samsung M30. It will be offered in three color options with the Red and Blue variants to sport a 3D gradient finish while the Black variant will have 3D finish without any gradient. The company has also not confirmed if it plans to launch it outside Russia

Honor 10i specifications

  • 6.21 inch FHD+ 19:9 display
  • Kirin 710 chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 32MP + 8MP + 2MP rear
  • 32MP front
  • EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie
  • 3,400 mAh battery
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Samsung A20 Launched in Russia. Comes with 6.4 inch AMOLED Infinity-V display & 4000 mAh battery

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Samsung has launched a new smartphone in the A-series in Russia. Dubbed as the Galaxy A20, it is launched alongside the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 smartphones. The device sports a 3D Glass build and a waterdrop notch.

The Galaxy A20 features a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Infinity-V display with a resolution of HD+ (1560 x 720 pixels). Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Exynos 7884 paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 512GB via a microSD card slot.

In the optics department, it sports a dual camera setup at the rear comprising a 13MP primary sensor with f/1.9 aperture and 5MP secondary sensor with f/2.2 aperture. It offers a 8MP camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture. The handset runs Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and is backed by a 4,000 mAh battery. It has a rear mounted fingerprint sensor and support for Samsung Pay.

As for the pricing the Samsung A20 is priced at RUB (Rs 15,000 approx) for the single 3/32GB variant. As for now, the company is yet to announce the device’s availability in India.

The company is also expected to launch the Galaxy A60 on April 19. From recent rumours, it will have a 6.7 inch Infinity-U FHD+ display with an in-screen fingerprint sensor and powered by a SD 6150 chipset which is yet to be announced. It will be paired with 6/8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It will have a triple camera setup of 32MP + 8MP + 5MP configuration and offer a 32MP sensor on the front. It will likely run Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie and will be backed by a 4,000 mAh battery.

Samsung A20 specifications

  • 6.4 inch HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-V display
  • Exynos 7884 SoC
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 13MP + 5MP rear
  • 8MP front
  • Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie
  • 4,000 mAh battery
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