Sony Xperia 10 III leak indicates headphone jack is here to stay


  • The Sony Xperia 10 III appears to have a leak.
  • It should stick to a familiar design, including a headphone jack and front stereo speakers.
  • You can hear more about the phone in the next few weeks.

Update: January 21, 2021 (6:50 AM ET): The offbeat Sony Xperia 10 III was presented earlier this week, a 360-degree video now leaked via Steve Hemmerstoffer.

The brief loop gives us a better look at the triple rear camera array at the top of the phone, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a pair of muscular horizontal bezels on the face. It is unclear whether the Minty-refreshed colorway will be an option for future buyers as well, but we will not oppose it.

Original article: January 20, 2021 (6:07 PM ET): Sometimes, it is the company that does not change about a phone that may prove to be the most exciting. Steve Heimerstofer (aka Onlix) has shared what he says are images and descriptions of the Sony Xperia 10 III, a subtle development of the 10 II that keeps the features that appear to be dying on major devices.

In particular, the Xperia 10 III will reportedly feature a 3.5mm headphone jack and front-facing stereo speakers – Sony may not be leaving your favorite earbuds, or to ask you to keep your phone as gingerly as you can while watching video saying. While it is true that Sony has also revived the jack for last year’s Xperia 1 II, it is doubtful that people will complain about more options.

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You can expect to return to a 21: 96-inch display with no holes or no mark in sight. Details are not available for the triple rear camera setup, but rumors have suggested that the Xperia 10 III will feature a 12MP primary camera as well as 8MP telephoto and ultra-wide sensors. It won’t rival mid-range devices in some areas, then (a device like the OnePlus Nord has a higher-resolution camera), but the continued existence of a telephoto camera may give it an edge.

Sony is also expected to preserve the side-mounted fingerprint reader and otherwise stick to a familiar aesthetic. While internal specs are not available, the Xperia 10 II used the Snapdragon 665. We would expect the Xperia 10 III to offer similar processing power, although it is not certain that Sony will make the leap for the Snapdragon 690 and its built-in 5G.

If history suggests any, Sony may launch the Xperia 10 III sometime in February. This would not be a radical departure for the company, but it could stand in an area where contestants are withdrawing the features that were once offered to customers.

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