Snapdragon 695? In a poll last week, people said, “No, thank you.” The Sony Xperia 10 V looks like a failure, with an outdated chipset and his 60Hz display, and a steep €450 price tag. And that revamped 48MP camera on him, which seems odd as the chipset sets a video limit for him of 1080p @ 30fps, should really be obsolete by now.
Nothing else to say about 10 V. Several people commented that they were better off buying the Mark 4, liking the phone’s size, card slot, and headphone jack. Some upgrades on the 2023 model year are not worth the extra cost.
That aside, let’s focus on the Sony Xperia 1 V, a phone that people actually like. Well, they like to see it from afar, but €1,400 / £1,300 is too high a price for most people, and judging by the previous generation 1-phone, it won’t go down much over time.
The Xperia 1 V has niche appeal, but it’s the king of the niche. This phone sits at the intersection of Sony’s two businesses: cameras and gaming consoles. This camera is especially great for those who like to manually adjust their photos. Comments also praised the phone’s ability to record 4K video for long periods of time without overheating.
It’s not perfect though. Sony needs to work with other phone makers to expand software support for its phones, especially its expensive flagships. It’s something that might convince people on the fence that quality is worth the extra cost.
One criticism that applies to both the Xperia 1 V and 10 V is their relatively limited worldwide availability. Some prospective buyers are also not happy that the 1 V has only three color options for him, and some markets don’t have that many colors.