Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Sony offers a wide range of phones with a wide range of prices. Which is the best for you? We help you decide by rounding up the best Sony phones.

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

There are a lot of phones in the Sony range, and it can be confusing to find out which one is the best for you. The best could be the most powerful, the one with the largest screen, or even the smallest screen depending on your preferences. There is also the best value, or simply the cheapest.

Sony has several ranges, which include the Xperia Z, X, E, M and C. The latter is all about great selfies, while the E and M are budget and mid-range options. Z was the previous range of flagships, but that has now been taken over by X, with no less than six phones of the X series launching in 2016.

“We can not comment on future product launches, but the X series is a new concept under the new vision of the brand, which distinguishes the X series from our previous range not only of the Z series, but also our series line of entry and mid-range The X series offers our global hero smartphones that bring new user experiences focused on three basic concepts: camera, battery and design, “the company said in a statement to PC Advisor.

In the United Kingdom Sony sells more than a dozen different models, with new ones arriving regularly. The latest additions are Xperia XZ and X Compact, which we have already added to this list.

What you will find below is a brief summary of why each phone could be the best for you and the latest prices. The great thing about opting for one of the models from last year is that you can get it for a knock-down price and there is certainly nothing to complain about in terms of performance even though there are newer and faster models this year.

8 Best Sony Smartphone 2018

1. Sony Xperia Z5

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3GB
Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 80 x 1920 pixels (~ 428 ppi pixel density)
CPU Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
Storage 32GB
Camera 23MP / 5.1
Battery 2900 mAh battery

The Z5 may be a year old, but far from being relegated to our best phone summary, it is still there, and it deserves to be. It’s a great phone with a capable camera – if not the class – leader.

It costs £ 549 when it is launched, but these days you can pick one below £ 350 if you hunt around.

It has a fantastic 5.2in Full HD screen, and it looks great with its glass front. If there is an obstacle, it is that Sony backed down on the ‘waterproof’ claim and says that it should not be used underwater. However, with its IP68 rating, it remains one of the most waterproof around and many owners have happily used their Z5 for underwater photography and video.
The Z5 was the first Sony phone to come with a fingerprint scanner, intelligently integrated into the slim side power button.

Ok, so it has been overtaken by today’s flagship for the performance and quality of the camera, but at this price, it remains of great value.

2. Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3GB
Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 80 x 1920 pixels (~ 428 ppi pixel density)
CPU Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
Storage 32GB
Camera 23MP / 5.1
Battery 2900 mAh battery

If a 5.2in screen is too large, the Z5 comes in a smaller format: the Compact with a 4.6in, 720p display.

The Xperia Z5 Compact was for a long time the best small phone around, but the relatively high price of £ 429 meant there were better-value options if you could live with a larger phone. In other respects, such as design and specs, the Compact is just a Z5 in a smaller frame. Some do not much like the ‘sharp’ edges but it’s a minor quibble. The responsive fingerprint scanner is a great feature and the Snapdragon 810 with almost stock Android provides slick performance. However, the camera (which is identical to the Z5’s) is not as good as Sony makes it out to be.

Expect to pay around £ 320-350 for a Z5 Compact now. That’s not exactly cheap, but overall, it’s still a top-notch phone.

3. Sony Xperia X

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3 GB
Screen size 5.0 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~ 441 dpi pixel density)
CPU Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72)
Storage 32 / 64GB
Camera 23 MP / 13 MP
Battery 2620 mAh battery

The Xperia X is a flagship 2016 (actually, that crown is taken by the new XZ on the next slide, so it’s more of a “premium” smartphone) that follows the steps of the Xperia Z5, although it has some corners cut here and there to make it cheaper than rival Android flagships.

Some of these may be difficult to accept based on your priorities. The X is not water resistant, for example (but the XZ is). It also has a slower processor than the fastest available, but it gets an excellent camera. Many also like the 5in screen that hits a good balance between readability and bulk.

It was expensive when it was launched in June at £ 459, but you can already buy it for less than € 400 from Amazon. There are some colors to choose from, and the wallpaper matches the color of the body.

Four. Sony Xperia X Compact

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3GB
Screen size 4.6 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~ 319 dpi pixel density)
CPU Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 and 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72)
Storage 32 GB
Camera 23 MP / 5 MP
Battery 2700 mAh battery

Like the name, it suggests that the X Compact is the replacement type for the Xperia Z5 Compact last year offering users a smaller and more manageable phone. It has a 4.6in screen that is even smaller than the iPhone 7.

The Sony Xperia X Compact is a strange little smartphone. On the one hand its quality of construction, the lack of waterproofing and the lack of an outstanding feature that is more difficult to recommend compared to the old Xperia Z5 Compact. The X Compact is not waterproof for starters.

However, if you want a sub-5in Android smartphone with excellent battery life it is the best current option out there. For all its flaws, we also keep coming back to the phone in large part due to its sheer portability. Just do not buy blue.

5. Sony Xperia XZ

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3GB
Screen size 5.2 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~ 424 dpi pixel density)
CPU Quad-core (Kryo 2×2.15 GHz and Kryo 2×1.6 GHz)
Storage 32/64 GB
Camera 23 MP / 23 MP
Battery 2900 mAh battery

The XZ is now for sale and is £ 549 from the Sony online store. It is Sony’s new flagship phone and features an exciting 23Mp rear camera with “triple image-sensing” technology.

It has a 5.2in Full HD screen and a Snapdragon 820 processor, and a polished metal back. It’s actually a matte finish instead of gloss, but this helps to mask fingerprints. Like most other Sony phones, there is a choice of colors: blue, black and gray. We really like the dark blue finish that sets it apart from most other phones. You just have to get on with the boxy design.

We have classified it here in the list because, like the X, the XZ is merely splash resistant and can not be submerged. This feels like a step back when Samsung and the latest Apple phones are water resistant.

6 Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 2 GB
Screen size 5.0 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~ 294 dpi pixel density)
CPU Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
Storage 8 GB
Camera 13 MP / 5 MP
Battery 2400 mAh battery

In no way new (released in mid-2015), the M4 Auqa was Sony’s first 64-bit octacaro phone, using the Snapdragon 615 processor.

Far from appearing to be a cheap phone, the M4 is easily confused with the Xperia Z3. It’s a great size, too, with a 5in 720p screen.

And if you’re wondering, the Aqua suffix means it’s water resistant, and it has the same IP68 rating as the Xperia Z5.

The 13Mp camera is not the last word in picture quality these days, but it will still give the best phones to run for your money and do not forget that Sony is one of the only manufacturers that puts a dedicated shutter button on their phones What makes Xperias more pleasant to use as a camera.

7 Sony Xperia XA

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 2 GB
Screen size 5.0 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~ 294 dpi pixel density)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
Storage 16 GB
Camera 13 MP / 8 MP
Battery 2300 mAh battery

Being part of the new X series, it is assumed that the XA would be a premium model with an equally superior price. But no, the XA is a smart-looking 5in phone that now costs £ 199 from Amazon (originally it cost £ 269 when it was launched a couple of months ago).

The costs are saved by using a plastic finish instead of metal, and a 13Mp camera instead of the 23Mp extravaganza found in the XZ. There is also a mid-range processor, so do not expect ultra-fast performance. And no, it’s not waterproof.

The small side dots make it look like the screen runs straight from edge to edge, but its quality is noticeably lower than the best IPS screens on phones. But you have to remember the price: the XA costs three times less than the flagship phones.

It is not any beater of the world, but as you will see in our complete Xperia XA review, it is a solid option for money.

8 Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Best Sony Mobile Phone 2018: What is the best Sony smartphone?

Key specifications
RAM 3 GB
Screen size 5.5 inches
Resolution 2160 x 3840 pixels (~ 806 dpi pixel density)
CPU Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
Storage 32 GB
Camera 23 MP / 5.1 MP
Battery 3430 mAh battery

For all time to be known as the “4K phone that was not really 4K”, the Z5 Premium was – and is – a flamboyant phablet that divides opinion. Some think it’s too big, too expensive and over-specified, while others love their acres of smooth glass, both front and rear.

Approximately the same size as the iPhone 5.5in, the Sony Z5 Premium also has a 5.5in screen, but with four times the resolution. With 3840 × 2160 pixels, its 806ppi trumps every other phone out there, even today.

The problem is that most of the time the phone works in 1920 × 1080, and it’s pretty hard to see the extra detail that 4K offers on a screen that is 10 times smaller than most 4K TV’s.

The rest of the specifications are equally premium, with the Snapdragon 810 CPU, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and the same 23Mp camera as the other Z5 models (which, of course, records 4K video). And it is also water resistant. It still holds up well against the flagships 2016, but it’s possibly better value now.

Originally it cost £ 629, but Sony now lists it at £ 579. But if you look around, you’ll find it for less than £ 500 on Amazon and other sites.

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