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Sony has been launching mobile phones since the Sony Ericsson days of 2001. It took a further seven years for the Xperia name to appear, but the X1 was a Windows Mobile phone. Now the Ericsson name is gone, and so is Windows Mobile, but the Xperia name lives on. If you’ve been waiting to give Sony a try, here are the best Sony Xperia phones you can buy.

See also: The best Android phones

Sony doesn’t offer budget-friendly phones as part of its Xperia line, so we’ll kick things off with the newest devices and work our way backward. Let’s get to it.

The best Sony Xperia phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll update this list of the best Sony Xperia phones as new options launch.


Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III rear of phone showing camera module
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There’s no better place to start talking about Sony’s Xperia line than with its current flagship. The Xperia 1 III packs everything you could ask for in a premium device — including some features that other OEMs have left behind.

Even though you’ll have to shell out around $1,300 to bring it home, this phone packs an incredibly sharp 4K display, a headphone jack, and Gorilla Glass Victus that’s tough as nails. Behind the impressive OLED panel, you’ll also find a speedy Snapdragon 888 processor and 12GB of RAM to power through your day. Sony tapped 256GB of storage out of the box, but you can always give that a boost with the microSD slot.

See also: Sony Xperia 1 III review

As far as other features go, the Sony Xperia 1 III offers an IP68 rating against water and dust, as well as a side-mounted fingerprint reader. It really is a content creator’s dream device, especially if you rely on a Sony camera. The headphone jack supports Dolby Atmos and DSEE Ultimate, and you can hook your phone onto your camera as an external monitor.

Unfortunately, the 30W charging isn’t the fastest we’ve seen, and Sony’s latest flagship comes with a bit of bloat. All told, it’s a great tool for creators and easily the best Sony Xperia phone on the market.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + 0.3MP ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 III

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Those of you hoping to save some money on the cost of an Xperia flagship might want to turn to the smaller Xperia 5 III instead. It trims down to a 6.1-inch display, swaps the 4K resolution for a Full HD Plus version, but keeps most of the other key elements. Sony stuck with the Snapdragon 888 at the heart of the Xperia 5 III, even if it did drop to 8GB of RAM.

The Xperia 5 III skips the 0.3MP ToF sensor on the back, but it retains the trio of 12MP shooters to go with the front-facing 8MP option. Sony might have a winner here if it turns out to be half as good as the Xperia 1 III when we get our hands on it. You’ll get the same 3.5mm headphone jack you know and love, and the fingerprint reader is in the same side-mounted position.

See also: The best phones with a headphone jack

Perhaps the biggest benefit of choosing the Xperia 5 III over the Xperia 1 III is the savings. The previous model launched at just under $1,000, so we can only hope it stays nearly the same. Don’t forget that you can pair your Sony device with a Dual Shock controller to tap into your favorite games on the go.


Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 10 III

We’re moving from the flagships down to an affordable mid-range option that keeps most of your favorite Xperia specs. If you really need to save some money but want the power of a Sony device, the Xperia 10 III may fit the bill. It was first teased in April 2021, before making a full launch in June.

The Xperia 10 III landed with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage — not bad for a mid-range option. You’ll also find a smaller 6.0-inch Full HD+ OLED display crafted from Gorilla Glass 6. Sony’s side-mounted fingerprint reader, headphone jack, and 4,500mAh battery are all exactly as you would expect.

Of course, the Xperia 10 III skips a flagship-grade Snapdragon 888 chipset, instead opting for a Snapdragon 690. It may not pack quite the same punch, but the device is 5G-ready to carry you into the future. You’ll notice a tweaked camera array, too, as the trio of 12MP lenses is no more. Instead, you get a pair of 8MP options flanking a single 12MP shooter. Luckily, the front lens hasn’t dropped any megapixels from the original 8MP.


Sony Xperia 10 III specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 690
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 8, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 1 II

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The launch of Sony’s new Xperia 1 III has only served to make the Xperia 1 II a better buy. It may not offer the latest Snapdragon processor anymore, but most other aspects remain the same across the two devices. You can choose between 8 or 12GB of RAM to back up your 256GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 865 chipset should still serve you well.

Sony packed a trio of 12MP lenses and a ToF sensor on the back, and the fingerprint reader is right at home on the side of the device. Perhaps the biggest drawback in choosing this older device is the 4,000mAh battery, as it sacrifices 500mAh from the newest model. You’ll also have to remember that the Xperia 1 II ships with Android 10 on board, so you may have to wait on updates a bit longer.

See also: When will your phone get the Android 11 update?

Overall, David Imel called the Xperia 1 II a phone he’d love to keep in his pocket. In fact, it was one of his favorites of last year. The camera array is somewhat similar to a mobile Sony A9, which means you should have no problem firing off a barrage of snapshots.


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + 0.3MP ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10, up to Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 II

Sony Xperia 5 II front face
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Sony does well to stick with its naming conventions, as you already know what you’re going to get. Just like the Xperia 5 III is a pared-down Xperia 1 III, the Xperia 5 II serves as a more affordable foil to the 2020 flagship. In fact, it makes almost the exact same series of changes from the display to the cameras.

See also: Sony Xperia 5 II review

You’re looking at a 6.1-inch display and a Full HD Plus resolution, along with the flagship-grade Snapdragon 865 processor. There’s no ToF sensor to be found on the back, but you can trust the 12MP options to cover most shots. Sony’s 8MP selfie camera was never the focus of its Xperia phones, but most people won’t be buying a Sony phone for its selfie capabilities.

Unfortunately, the Xperia 5 II also carries the 4,000mAh battery of its larger sibling. It’s not necessarily small, but it doesn’t charge the fastest. You’ll only have 8GB of RAM to work with, which is limited for a Sony device, but up to 256GB of storage should serve you well.


Sony Xperia 5 II specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10, up to Android 11