We list our pick of the best Sony Xperia smartphones that you can buy in 2017, from budget Sony mobiles to the very best flagship Xperia handsets. And
We list our pick of the best Sony Xperia smartphones that you can buy in 2017, from budget Sony mobiles to the very best flagship Xperia handsets. And we also reveal any Sony phones that are due to launch later this year.
Sony is one of the biggest global smartphone manufacturers right now, launching fresh new Xperia mobiles every year. With their slick, iconic design, serious media chops and industry-leading camera tech, Sony Xperia phones are some of the best handsets you can buy in the UK. You can even get some solid budget blowers from Sony, if your wallet or purse won’t stretch to a premium device.
But which are the best Xperia mobiles right now? Here’s our pick of the bunch, to help you decide which Sony Xperia phone is best for you, as well as the most exciting new Sony phones still coming in 2017. And check out our best budget Sony phones feature for a look at the most affordable Xperia handsets right now.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
If you’re after a portable media pocket monster and your wallet is stacked, good news: you’ve already discovered your perfect Xperia. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the world’s first 4K HDR smartphone, pumping out gloriously crisp and highly realistic visuals. With support from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Netflix coming in 2017, you can enjoy some stunning movie playback on your daily commute.
The XZ Premium is far from a one-trick phone, however. This handset sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, one of the most powerful mobile chipsets around. Performance is so fast that our hands practically blistered, while connectivity is fully future-proofed.
Just as impressive is Sony’s latest Motion Eye camera, which can capture detail-packed and realistic images as well as jaw-dropping Super Slow Motion video footage.
Sony Xperia XZ
Sony’s big flagship phone of 2016 was the Xperia XZ, a premium mobile boasting the still-powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. It’s pleasingly nippy and looks great, but the real draw is the super-smart 23-megapixel camera that Sony has slapped on the back end.
You get a laser-guided autofocus and built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, which in combination give you sharp, blur-free shots even when your subject is moving all over the place. You can also record video in up to 4K UHD resolution, for impressively detailed home movies.
You can pick up the Xperia XZ in three cool colours, with the forest blue version being our personal favourite. If you’re after a premium mobile experience and have cash to spare then the XZ is a solid choice, although a bit of extra moolah bags you the even better XZ Premium (see above).
Sony Xperia X
The Xperia X is a premium handset like the Xperia Z5, with a few little cuts to trim down the price and undercut rival flagships like the Galaxy S7. Gone is the water resistant design and you get a less powerful processor compared with most premium 2016 phones, but the best-in-class camera is still on board and the X’s selfie cam is particularly impressive – check out our Xperia X camera review for more info.
We also love the sexy new unified design, which sees your desktops matching the Xperia X’s exterior (or, to put it another way, the curtains finally match the drapes).
Sony Xperia XA1
Last year’s Xperia XA was sadly a bit slow and underwhelming, despite that impressive and gorgeous design. Thankfully Sony has fully made amends with the 2017 sequel, the Xperia XA1.
This phone brings a much-needed performance boost and general specs upgrade, for a more satisfying everyday experience. Thankfully Sony hasn’t scrapped that beautiful edge-to-edge screen, instead choosing to refine it with more rounded edges and the Xperia XZ’s flat top and bottom finish.
Battery life has also been boosted, so you can expect at least a day and a half of life between charges. However, the most impressive feature is the new camera tech. That 23-megapixel rear camera is truly sublime for the price point, capturing realistic, detail-packed photos that really shine.
Sony Xperia X Compact
If you’re a fan of dinky handsets, the new Xperia X Compact should be right up your street. This mini mobile packs most of the full-sized Xperia X’s best features, but squashed down into a more portable 4.6-inch form. You get a crisp, colourful screen, the same excellent 23-megapixel camera as the flagship Xperia XZ (minus 4K video recording), and a fingerprint sensor to securely unlock the device.
Battery life is a serious highlight, offering close to two days of play time between charges. And while the Xperia X Compact doesn’t boast a sexy metallic design like the full-sized Sony phone, the ‘mist blue’ model is particularly alluring.
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony’s previous flagship phone before the Xperia XZ was one of the best Android phones of 2015 and can be picked up with a more wallet-friendly price tag these days.
For a start, that sexy frosted glass design is truly gorgeous (although rather fragile, so be careful) and fully water resistant, to survive drops into bath tubs and toilets. The Xperia Z5 is a seriously user friendly phone too, offering strong battery life (a day and a half per charge is standard) and a gorgeous 5.2-inch Full HD screen.
The Xperia Z5’s camera is still a highly dependable 23-megapixel snapper too, despite its age.
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
‘Mini’ versions of flagship phones are often mere shadows of their bigger brethren, with watered-down specs and frankly crap features. But with the 4.7-inch Xperia Z5 Compact, you get the exact same awesome camera, gorgeous HD visuals and responsive fingerprint sensor of the bigger Xperia Z5.
But the best part is, the same great Sony Xperience (sorry, obvious joke) has been shrunk down into a colourful, fun little frame, which is now much easier to operate with one hand. For that reason, we highly recommend the Xperia Z5 Compact (which just also happens to be a wee bit cheaper). And unlike the newer X Compact, the Z5 Compact is fully water resistant.
These days you can pick up the Z5 Compact for under £300 too, which is well worth it.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
This 5.5-inch beast boasted the world’s first 4K phone screen, which might seem rather extravagant compared with the Full HD displays on Sony’s other premium mobiles. However, the good news is that there’s now plenty of 4K content to stream via services such as Netflix, so at least you can make use of that Ultra HD panel. Plus, the Z5 Premium’s price has come right down now, making it quite affordable.
You also get the same super-powered camera as the Xperia Z5, which can take detailed shots in almost any conditions, as well as shoot 4K video – which of course you can view back in all of its glory right there on the Premium’s screen. Dependable performance is another highlight, although battery life isn’t quite as strong as the original Z5’s.
Sony Xperia E5
Sony Xperia L1
A more recent affordable addition to the Sony Mobile line-up is the Xperia L1. This value handset offers that lovable Sony styling, reminiscent of the more premium phones for a much reduced £150 asking price.
In some areas the Xperia L1 lags behind other cut-price rivals such as the Moto G5, especially when it comes to performance. We were hoping for stronger optics from the handset too. Still, the capable screen, expandable storage and user-friendly interface combine for a satisfying everyday experience.
Sony Xperia M5
Sony updated the Xperia M4 Aqua for 2016 with the M5 and it’s an improvement in every conceivable way. The biggest draw for the M5 is its killer camera experience. A mid-ranger with a 21.5-megapixel rear snapper and a 13-megapixel front-facer is unheard of, particular when you can also film in 4K.
The M5 also comes with killer good looks, a Full HD display, NFC, 4G LTE, IP65/68 waterproofing, PlayStation integration and expandable storage up to 200GB. Not bad for a sub-£300 handset.
Best Sony Xperia phones still coming in 2017
Sony Mobile is guaranteed to launch some exciting new smartphone tech in 2017, and we’re already hearing rumblings of its first new handset, which could possibly be the Sony Xperia X2. Here’s our round-up of the biggest rumoured Sony phones coming later this year.
Sony Xperia XZs
The Xperia XZs is a small step up from the Xperia XZ flagship phone released at the end of 2016, freshly launched here at MWC 2017. You get the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, plus Sony’s new Motion Eye camera which can shoot Super Slow Motion video footage.
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
Sony Xperia X2
Sony’s Xperia X2 has a few issues to sort out with the original phone, in order to really deliver a death blow to rival mobiles like Samsung’s Galaxy A5 and the OnePlus 3T. For a start, there’s the price tag. £450 was too much to ask for the original Xperia X, while the likes of the OnePlus phone cost less and deliver far superior performance.
However, the Xperia X got many things right, including the excellent design, gorgeous screen and dependable cameras. So we’re already optimistic that the next Xperia X Series phone will impress, providing the price is right.
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