As I browsed the interwebs this week I came across a news item about Sony’s latest Android-based smartphone and how it differs from the standard flat slab of glass with rounded corners. Think looong slab of glass with rounded corners.
That’s the Sony Xperia 10 Plus. The display is 6.5-inches; same as Apple’s iPhone XS Max. The difference is overall length and width plus aspect ratio. iPhone XS Max is 3.05-inches wide and 6.2-inches long with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Sony decided that differentiation is key and went for a 21:9 Wide display ratio. Or, Tall display, depending upon how you hold it.
Sony might have something going for it in this long and slender display, even if the smartphone itself is nothing to brag about.
Unlike iPhone XS Max, the slender design fits more easily into your hand (even if the length might bump into someone standing nearby). Thin is in. Xperia 10 Plus remains a Sony smartphone with a 12MP and 8MP dual camera and 2x optical zoom. It also features Sony’s famous high resolution audio as another key differentiator.
The 21:9 Wide display is closer to the same aspect ratio of many Sony movies and it records video in the same ratio. Except for the huge forehead, it’s almost micro-bezel all around. Take a look at what all that extra screen real estate– the length– can do.
The added length means the screen splits well into top and bottom. Use the bottom to type, use the top for something else. Again, Sony is moving into Differentiatorland.
The 6.5″ 21:9 Wide screen gives you room to use two apps at the same time. Write emails while watching your favorite TV shows, or chat with friends as you browse the latest articles. With Side sense and app launcher trigger split screen quickly and easily.
Officially, at least when you can buy the Sony Xperia 10 Plus, iPhone XS Max will be too short. If Sony really wants to differentiate a good smartphone, how about something akin to iPhone SE? Maybe there are not enough iPhone customers to support a 4-inch phone, but iPhone 8 might be the last of the 4.7-inch models now that all new smartphones are X-based and moving to ever larger displays.
Maybe longer is better, but I’m surprised how short iPhone XS Max appears compared to Sony’s specifications– almost a quarter-inch thinner and nearly half an inch taller. Of course, tall won’t mean much when Samsung and Huawei launch their foldable smartphone models in a few months.
Can we just call them what they are? Foldable tablets.