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Sony's new Xperia 10 II is a mid-range water-resistant phone with three cameras

Sony just unveiled the new Xperia 1 II, and alongside it comes the Xperia 10 II which is the company’s mid-range offering for 2020.

It replaces the Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus in the company's range, but this year there will only be one size of the phone. The spec is similar to the 2019 handset, but there are a few big improvements.

This is the first mid-range phone from Sony to come with three cameras on the rear, plus it’s also the first to sport the IP65/68 water-resistant design that's been a staple of its flagship phones for years.

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That camera looks powerful on paper with a 12MP rear sensor working in combination with two 8MP snappers that are aiming to offer strong autofocus, according to the marketing we’ve seen so far.

After simplifying its branding last year, Sony is back to its old tricks with the new Sony Xperia 1 II and Sony Xperia 10 II. While we’ve already covered the flagship Xperia 1 II, now it’s time to take a look at the mid-ranger.

Let’s be honest, the new branding is more than a little silly — read out loud as “Mark 2”. Sony says the new naming structure is designed to mimic the naming conventions found on its Alpha DSLR cameras.

The Sony Xperia 10 II looks very familiar to its predecessor, packing a divisive candy bar design. Of course, there are some welcome improvements here including IP65/68 water resistance, a triple camera, and an upgrade from LCD to OLED. As you’d expect, the rest of the specs also make a noticeable jump forward.

There’s only an Xperia 10 II this time, no Plus model. Considering the branding is already a bit long and awkward, we’re thankful for this.

The star of the Sony Xperia 10 II is the display. This marks the first time Sony features an OLED display on a mid-range phone. This means you get the richer colors and deeper blacks found on flagship level devices, even if the Full HD+ resolution isn’t quite as impressive. The 6-inch OLED display also offers the same 21:9 format we’re seen in other recent Sony devices.

The 21:9 display can be a bit awkward to hold and use, but it does bring a few unique features to the table, such as multi-window support and the ability to switch between recently used and recommended apps with the new multi-window switch feature.


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