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For our best Sony camera phone list, we rely on these two criteria: What are their camera features and how high did they rank in various reviews gathered around the web.
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Based on its aggregated ranking of 92%, we determined that the Sony Xperia XA1 is currently the best Sony phone 2018. We also believe that our 43 reviews sampled from our sources give us a high confidence level that justifies to call it a "no-brainer best choice."
Improving on 2016's XA smartphone, the XA1 remains to be a mid-ranger with camera and performance-focused specs, such as a 23-megapixel rear cam, an 8-megapixel front cam, and an octa-core 2.3GHz processor -- although its 720p display and 2300mAh battery evidently didn't receive as much love from Sony.
|Average rating: (92%) (43 reviews over 4 sources)|
Based on star rating of 4.5 averaged over 274 reviews, here is what we consider the second best Sony phone. * By the way, our list is based on an in-depth computation of hundreds of reviews from around the web.
This 2017 powerhouse smartphone from Sony attempts to be a trailblazer by introducing a 4K HDR screen to the flagship market, accompanied by other premium specs like a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera (which records videos up to 960fps), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and ultra-classy aesthetics courtesy of an all-around Gorilla Glass 5 design.
|Average rating: (86%) (274 reviews over 6 sources)|
Question #1: Should it be a smartphone or not?
The XZ1 Compact smartphone manages to keep the XZ1's flagship-class specs, including its 19-megapixel rear cam (with a 960fps slow-motion video feature) and 3D Creator app, despite dropping to a 4.6-inch 720p display.
|Average rating: (84%) (100 reviews over 5 sources)|
Sony's 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 smartphone lands in ultra-high-end multimedia territory, with specs like a 19-megapixel camera with a 960fps slo-mo capture option, an eight-core engine running at 2.45GHz, and 3D Creator in its offering.
|Average rating: (84%) (115 reviews over 5 sources)|
This high-end 4.6-inch Sony smartphone tilts heavily towards multimedia with its 23-megapixel rear-facing camera (triple image sensing technology), six-core CPU with 3GB of RAM, and up-to-256GB top-up support for its 32GB on-board memory.
|Average rating: (85%) (372 reviews over 5 sources)|
The XZs smartphone hopes to make a mark in the upper-mid-tier market by giving emphasis to specs such as its 960fps Super slow motion video-recording capability, 19-megapixel Motion Eye main sensor, 13-megapixel selfie shooter, and Full HD TRILUMINOS display
|Average rating: (81%) (125 reviews over 4 sources)|
This high-end Sony smartphone puts a 23-megapixel hybrid AF camera, a 13-megapixel selfie cam, and PS4 Remote Play on the shoulders of a Snapdragon 820 processor with 3GB of RAM.
|Average rating: (80%) (98 reviews over 3 sources)|
This Plus variant of Sony's XA1 phone brings back its mother model's 23-megapixel camera and 2.3GHz (max clock speed) octa-core engine, but adds a couple more high-end specs, which include a 3430mAh battery and a 4GB RAM.
|Average rating: (76%) (203 reviews over 3 sources)|
One of Sony's chief Xperia smartphones, the 5.2-inch, splash-proof (IP68/65) Xperia XZ boasts a high-resolution pair of 23- and 13-megapixel cameras, a 2.2GHz quad-core engine, and fingerprint recognition.
|Average rating: (77%) (352 reviews over 3 sources)|
The XA1 Ultra places a lot of emphasis on its 16-megapixel and 23-megapixel front and back cameras, respectively, with which it aims to dominate the mid-range phone market (with the help of other specs like its 6-inch edge-to-edge 1080p display and up-to-2.3GHz Helio P20 CPU).
|Average rating: (76%) (339 reviews over 7 sources)|
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