The most likely culprit is Sony UK’s Twitter account, which recently updated its header image, announcing a new Xperia-related product showcase, set to take place on 14 April at 08:30 BST.
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
This would suggest that those hoping to pick up an Xperia 10 III should keep an eye on the Sony website (or its Twitter feed) for signs of a new entry. One thing to note though, with the Xperia 10 II not being accompanied by a Plus model, Sony may have decided to stick with just the standard variant going forward.
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.
How much will the Sony Xperia 10 III cost?
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 in 2021.
What features will be in the Sony Xperia 10 III?
With no official word from Sony, there’s little in the way of confirmed details as to what the Xperia 10 III will offer. We have seen rumours beginning to emerge though that can give us a good idea of what to expect.
GSMArena has a few nuggets, pointing towards the story of how Sony cancelled the Xperia 10 II Plus in order to concentrate or making the Xperia 10 III 5G compatible. This would make the new device Sony’s first 5G capable mid-range device. It will have to face up to stiff competition though, as you can see from our roundup of the best cheap 5G phones.
In another GSMArena story, it’s reported that a new leaked listing shows Sony preparing two phones for 2021, which use the Snapdragon 690 and 888 SoCs. The latter is too high-end for the Xperia 10 range, so it seems very likely that the Xperia 10 III may feature the 5G capable Snapdragon 690 that’s also found in the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
This has also been corroborated by Japanese site, Sumahoinfo, which spotted Geekbench 5 scores for the ‘Sony A003SO’, cited as running Android 11 and a 1.8GHz octa-core processor on a ‘Lito’ motherboard; details previously associated with the Snapdragon 690 5G during leaks around the aforementioned N10 5G.
GSMArena is also now reporting on images which look very much like official renders of the Xperia 10 III. First revealed on Voice.com by prolific leaker @onleaks, they show a design language very much in keeping with previous Xperia 10 phones.
The same GSMArena article as above suggests the phone will have dimensions of 154.4mm x 68.4mm x 8.3mm (9.1mm where the camera module sits. That’s shorter and narrower than the Xperia 10 II, but 0.1mm thicker.
Indian tech site GeekThingy is quite bold in predicting a spec sheet for the Xperia 10 III, using the GSMArena stories as a basis. It thinks the new device will contain the following components:
- 6in Full HD+ OLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G chipset
- 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
- Sub-6 5G connectivity
- Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
- IP65/68 water and dust resistance
- Android 11 OS
Many of these are sensible predictions, but at the time of writing there seems to be no way of confirming whether these are actually true or just pure speculation. We’ve also seen similar compliments reported by GadgetsNow and Specifications Pro, both of whom also state that the Xperia 10 III could come with a four-camera arrangement on the rear.
Hopefully, it won’t be too long until Sony gives us more concrete information regarding its latest addition to the Xperia 10 range. Until then, keep an eye on this page as we’ll be updating the article whenever we uncover more details. In the meantime, we recommend reading our roundup of the best mid-range phones and best mid-range phone deals so you know what the Xperia 10 III will have to beat in order to be worthy of your money.