Top 10 Best Sony Cell Phones 2018

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These 10 mobile phones top our current best Sony phones lineup as of June 2018. Our #1 choice is the Sony Xperia XA1 while our second choice is the XZ Premium. The list also includes the Sony Xperia XZ1 and the Xperia X Compact.

Sony is a mobile brand that focuses particularly on camera and music phones.

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Best Model 2018*
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

Sony Xperia XA1
23
MP
Main camera
2.3+1.6
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

Because of this 's overall rank of 87%, we believe that the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is currently Phonerated's best Sony phone 2018. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 255 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that justifies labelling 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:
(86%) (55 reviews over 5 sources)   



Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

Because of 4.5 stars derived from 55 reviews, we rank this Sony model second best Sony phone. * By the way, this list is based on a full aggregation of hundreds of reviews from multiple sources.

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:
(87%) (255 reviews over 6 sources)   


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Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ1
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

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%) (112 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Great
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

Sony Xperia X Compact
23
MP
Main camera
1.8+1.4
Ghz
max CPU
4.6
in
Display

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%) (374 reviews over 5 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
4.6
in
Display

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:
(83%) (93 reviews over 3 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XZs
19
MP
Main camera
2.15
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

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:
(80%) (131 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia L1
13
MP
Main camera
1.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

The Sony Xperia L1 suffers issues relating to its 5.5-inch 720p display (that lacks sharpness at 267DPI) and relatively-bulky exterior (weight and thickness-wise), which it hopes to make up for through the 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel wide-angle selfie sensor that it sports.

Average rating:
(79%) (154 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
Sony Xperia X Performance
23
MP
Main camera
2.1+1.6
Ghz
max CPU
5
in
Display

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)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XZ
23
MP
Main camera
2.2
Ghz
max CPU
5.2
in
Display

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:
(76%) (486 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra
23
MP
Main camera
2.3
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

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:
(75%) (382 reviews over 6 sources)   



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