The best Sony phones of 2019: find the right Sony Xperia smartphone for you

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Sony phones are designed with you in mind if you’re a movie buff, or like your media consumption. That’s not exactly a surprise given Sony also makes headphones, TVs, and games consoles, but it means Sony Xperia smartphones are great for entertainment.Between the high-quality screens, competitive cameras and impressive processing power under the hood, Sony’s Xperia handsets have built a big fan following, and there are many customers dedicated to the brand.
If you’re a new Sony fan, or a returning one looking for a new Xperia smartphone, we’ve reviewed each and every Sony phone to see which the best are. There’s no Sony Xperia 5 on this list so far, because we’re still testing it out, but you can be sure it’ll be added to this list soon.However if you’re not a Sony aficionado it can be hard to know which Sony phone it’s worth looking in to – it’s hard enough to even work out Sony’s newest handset judging by the numbers, as before the Xperia 5 was the Xperia 1, and before that the Xperia 10.In order to help you work through the confusion, we’ve made this list of the best Sony phones you can buy right now, which we’re constantly updating when a new Xperia phone comes out (if it’s worthy, of course).If you’re excited to get your hands on the best Sony Xperia phone for you, bear in mind that Black Friday 2019, and then Cyber Monday 2019, are just around the corner, so we could see some great Sony Xperia deals soon. Amazon Prime Day 2019 brought some decent savings on Xperia handsets, and we could see the same happen during the late-November sales bonanza.
Best phone | Best Android phone | Best iPhone | Best budget phoneBest Sony phones 2019 at a glance:
Sony Xperia 1Sony Xperia XZ3Sony Xperia XZ2 PremiumSony Xperia XZ2Sony Xperia XZ2 CompactSony Xperia XA2 UltraSony Xperia XA2Sony Xperia 10 PlusSony Xperia 10Best Sony phones 2019
Sony Xperia 1. Image credit: TechRadarIt didn’t look like 2019 was going to be Sony’s year after the poorly-received Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, but the company knocked it out the park with the Xperia 1. It’s a true premium smartphone, that utilizes the best parts of previous phones and charges it up with improved specs in loads of areas.The Xperia 1 has a 21:9 screen, and now there’s content to match. It’s also got a dedicated film-making app for budding directors, that recreates the experience of using a Sony Alpha camera.On top of that you’ve got three powerful cameras, a cutting-edge Snapdragon 855 chipset, and 4K screen. Although it is definitely on the expensive side, it’s the best Sony smartphone you can get right now.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia 1
Image Credit: TechRadarThe Sony Xperia XZ3 is the best Sony phone you can buy right now, offering up a great mix of features that are particularly handy if you’re addicted to movies, TV shows and gaming on your phone.The main feature on the XZ3 is its 6-inch HDR OLED display, with a QHD+ resolution, ensuring video looks great. If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, the HDR content offered by these services really shines.There’s enough power under the hood, and the camera on the back is a solid snapper, although it won’t blow you away. On top of that it’s no-where near as pricey as the Xperia 1, so if you’re a Sony fan who doesn’t want to blow the bank, this is a more viable option.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XZ3
Image Credit: TechRadarThere’s just one spec you really need to know about the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. It has a 4K display.This isn’t the first Sony phone to pack a 4K screen (it’s actually the third), but it’s the newest generation and the one that you can actually easily buy. If you have a bank of 4K video, or have the right subscription on streaming services, no other smartphone can offer you the clarity and detail on screen.However if 4K content isn’t your priority there are probably better Sony phones to suit your needs, so keep on reading!Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
Image Credit: TechRadarThe Xperia XZ2 is technically two flagship generations old (having been superseded by the Xperia XZ3 and then more recently by the Xperia 1), but it’s only a year old itself and still has plenty to offer.There’s the HDR-supported QHD display, feature-packed camera, 4K HDR video recording and you can even capture super slow motion footage at 960fps in Full HD.What’s more, it’s now more affordable than ever with several price drops since launch. The design isn’t going to wow you, but at this price it’s a reasonable compromise.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XZ2 review
Image Credit: TechRadarSmartphones are getting bigger and bigger each year, and Sony phones are no exception – well, apart from the Xperia XZ2 Compact.This dinkier device comes with a 5-inch display, which is small by today’s standard, and it means the XZ2 Compact nestles nicely in the palm.Don’t be put off by its diminutive proportions though, as this handset packs the same power and camera as the larger, former-flagship Xperia XZ2 – ensuring it can still cope with most apps and games you throw at it.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Image Credit: TechRadarIf money is a little tighter, but a big screen smartphone is a must, this could be the Sony phone for you.The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra boasts an affordable price tag and a large 6-inch display, giving your games, videos and apps plenty of space. What’s more, the XA2 Ultra offers great battery life. You can easily get a day and a half from a single charge.The camera feels like it should be better, the design isn’t the most attractive or modern, and the Android overlay won’t be to everyone’s taste, but these are compromises you should be able to live with.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Image Credit: TechRadarThis is the cheapest Sony phone in our round-up, and the Xperia XA2 represents great value for money if you opt to get it on contract.It’s a reality no-frills phone, but its performance is rock-solid and despite being thicker than most it’s easy to handle and scores fairly high on the plain likability factor. If a Sony phone is a must, but your finances don’t allow for much wiggle room this is the handset for you.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia XA2
Image Credit: TechRadarWant something a little different? Something to spark conversations with friends, family and maybe even strangers? Say hello to the very, very tall Sony Xperia 10 Plus.This Sony phone boasts a skyscraper of a screen with the 6.5-inch display boasting a 21:9 aspect ratio making it perfect for movie playback.It’s not always easy to find movies at 21:9 on the popular streaming services, but when you do find one the experience is great. It’s rather unwieldy in the hand though, and the battery could be better.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia 10 Plus
Image Credit: TechRadarLike its plus-sized sibling, the Sony Xperia 10 also boasts a 21:9 aspect ratio screen, but this time it’s in a slightly more manageable (but still tall) 6-inch form factor.Its performance, battery and camera are slightly weaker versus the 10 Plus, but overall it’s still a solid, mid-range smartphone with the latest software and a range of features.Read our in-depth review: Sony Xperia 10