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Top 10 Best Sony Cell Phones 2021 (and 2020)

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These 10 mobile phones top our current best Sony phones lineup for January 2021. Our #1 choice is the Sony Xperia 1 while our second choice is the Xperia XZ3. The list also includes the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia 10.

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

Best Model 2021
Alpha
Rank:
#1
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

12
MP
Main camera
2.84
Ghz
max CPU
6.5
in
Display

Despite a small sample of reviews, given this 's overall rank of 92%, we believe that the Sony Xperia 1 is currently Phonerated's best Sony phone 2021. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 499 reviews across multiple sources gives us a high confidence level that justifies labelling it a "no-brainer best choice."

The 2019 Sony Xperia 1 is a high-caliber multimedia smartphone whose specs include a 6.5-inch 21:9 4K-1644p HDR OLED display, an octa-core engine running at 2.84GHz, and a triple 12-megapixel rear camera.

Average rating:
(92%) (499 reviews over 6 sources)   



Second Best
Alpha
Rank:
#2
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
19
MP
Main camera
2.8
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

Because of 4.5 stars derived from 333 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.

A multimedia-focused smartphone, the Sony Xperia XZ3's specs consist of a 6-inch QHD+ display with HDR up-conversion, a 2.8GHz octa-core processor, and a 19-megapixel main camera capable of capturing 960fps slow-motion videos.

Average rating:
(86%) (333 reviews over 4 sources)   


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Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#3
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
High
Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

19
MP
Main camera
2.8
Ghz
max CPU
5.7
in
Display

Showcased during the MWC 2018, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a phablet packing a high-class punch, with specs like a 5.7-inch HDR 18:9 display, a 19-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K-2160p HDR videos, and an eight-core engine clocked at 2.8GHz in its offering.

Average rating:
(88%) (592 reviews over 7 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#4
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Good
13
MP
Main camera
2.2
Ghz
max CPU
6
in
Display

The Sony Xperia 10 is a wide-screen mid-level smartphone armed with specs like a 6-inch 21:9 1080p display, a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual camera, and a 64GB memory coupled with a 512GB memory card slot.

Average rating:
(80%) (587 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#5
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
19
MP
Main camera
2.8
Ghz
max CPU
5.8
in
Display

The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is an auspicious 2018 phablet whose specs include a whopping 4K-2160p 5.8-inch HDR display, a dual rear camera made up of 19- and 12-megapixel lenses, and a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor.

Average rating:
(86%) (279 reviews over 4 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#6
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
13
MP
Main camera
1.5
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

The Sony Xperia L2 aims for middle-class smartphone shoppers with specs like an adaptive-charging-enabled 3300mAh battery, an 8-megapixel selfie cam with a wide 120-degree angle, and 3GB of RAM in its feature set.

Average rating:
(84%) (680 reviews over 9 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#7
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Great
12
MP
Main camera
2.84
Ghz
max CPU
6.1
in
Display

The Sony Xperia 5 II is a high-class multimedia smartphone packing specs like a 6.1-inch 21:9 HDR OLED screen, a triple 12-megapixel rear camera, and a 5G-ready eight-core 2.84GHz processor.

Average rating:
(86%) (7 reviews)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#8
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
Good
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:
(83%) (3019 reviews over 8 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#9
Our
Score:
4.5
Confidence
Level:
Good
23
MP
Main camera
2.3
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

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:
(82%) (501 reviews over 5 sources)   
Also Good
Alpha
Rank:
#10
Our
Score:
4
Confidence
Level:
High
19
MP
Main camera
2.45
Ghz
max CPU
5.5
in
Display

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%) (538 reviews over 4 sources)   



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