Sony phones haven’t had the greatest reputation in the last few years, with underwhelming designs, a lack of game-changing tech, and a confusing naming system.
However, the Japanese giant has been working hard to transform the fortunes of its phone business. It’s already announced three new handsets this year, including Xperia 1 – the first phone ever to boast a 4K HDR OLED display.
So should you buy a Sony phone? And, if so, will you be able to fathom the confusing line-up? We’ll be answering all this, and more, in this dedicated guide:
- Which is the best Sony phone? – We compare the most important phones in Sony’s lineup to find the best
- Are Sony phones good? – Sony’s great at TVs, but are its phones anything to write home about?
- Sony Xperia 10 – The new mid-range option from Sony – is it a bargain, or just plain bad?
- Sony Xperia 10 Plus – Like the above, but bigger in size (and price)
- Sony Xperia 1 – Sony's flagship phone, a feature-rich choice
- Sony Xperia 5 – Sony's latest phone, a cheaper alternative to the Xperia 1
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|Xperia 10||Xperia 10 Plus||Xperia 1||Xperia 5|
|Verdict||Unusually tall screen aside, the Xperia 10 is a decent, affordable smartphone||Doesn’t do enough to justify the premium over the Xperia 10||Sony's newest flagship, feature-rich phone||A compact, cheaper alternative to the Xperia 1|
|Screen size (in)||6||6.5||6.5||6.1|
|Front cameras (Mp)||8||8||8||8|
|Rear cameras (Mp)||13 + 5||12 + 8||12 + 12||12 + 12|
|Buy it now||Click to Buy||Click to Buy||Click to Buy||Click to Buy|
- Tall screen makes watching some stuff better
- Not too expensive
- Plasticky design doesn’t feel brilliant
- Underwhelming battery life
- That tall display might make watching some stuff better
- Slightly improved cameras over the Xperia 10
- More expensive than the Xperia 10, with no really impressive upgrades
- Almost certainly too tall for most people
- Large, sharp OLED screen
- Improved speed over other Xperia phones
- Decent cameras
- 21:9 aspect ratio screen might be too tall for most
- Battery life isn't the best
- Very expensive
- 21:9 aspect ratio screen is great for watching movies and TV shows
- Smaller 6.1-inch screen makes it easier to hold than Xperia 1
- Triple rear cameras
- Rapid Snapdragon 855 processor
- Still quite expensive compared to rival models
- 21:9 aspect ratio isn't for everyone
- Slightly dated, brutalist design
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