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Best Sony Xperia phones right now and coming in 2017

We list our pick of the best Sony Xperia smartphones that you can buy in 2017, from budget Sony mobiles to the very best flagship Xperia handsets. And we also reveal any Sony phones that are due to launch later this year.

Sony is one of the biggest global smartphone manufacturers right now, launching fresh new Xperia mobiles every year. With their slick, iconic design, serious media chops and industry-leading camera tech, Sony Xperia phones are some of the best handsets you can buy in the UK. You can even get some solid budget blowers from Sony, if your wallet or purse won't stretch to a premium device.

But which are the best Xperia mobiles right now? Here's our pick of the bunch, to help you decide which Sony Xperia phone is best for you, as well as the most exciting new Sony phones still coming in 2017. And check out our best budget Sony phones feature for a look at the most affordable Xperia handsets right now.

Sony Xperia XZ

Price: £500 (TBC)
Release Date: October 2016
Our Review: Sony Xperia XZ review

Sony's latest flagship phone is the Xperia XZ, a premium mobile boasting the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. It's pleasingly nippy and looks great, but the real draw is the super-smart 23-megapixel camera that Sony has slapped on the back.

You get a laser-guided autofocus and built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, which in combination give you sharp, blur-free shots even when your subject is moving about. And you can record video in up to 4K UHD resolution, for impressively detailed home movies.

You can pick up the Xperia XZ in three cool colours, with the forest blue version being our personal favourite. If you're after the best that Sony can offer right now, then the XZ is the way to go.

Sony Xperia X

Price: £449
Release Date: June 2016
Our Review: Sony Xperia X Review

The Xperia X is a premium handset like the Xperia Z5, with a few little cuts to trim down the price and undercut rival flagships like the Galaxy S7. Gone is the water resistant design and you get a less powerful processor compared with most premium 2016 phones, but the best-in-class camera is still on board and the X's selfie cam is particularly impressive - check out our Xperia X camera review for more info.

We also love the sexy new unified design, which sees your desktops matching the Xperia X's exterior (or, to put it another way, the curtains finally match the drapes).

Sony Xperia Z5

Check out our Sony Xperia X hub for reviews, guides and comparisons.

Sony Xperia X Compact

Price: £400 (TBC)
Release Date: September 2016
Our Review: Sony Xperia X Compact review

If you're a fan of dinky handsets, the new Xperia X Compact should be right up your street. This mini mobile packs most of the full-sized Xperia X's best features, but squashed down into a more portable 4.6-inch form. You get a crisp, colourful screen, the same excellent 23-megapixel camera as the flagship Xperia XZ (minus 4K video recording), and a fingerprint sensor to securely unlock the device.

Battery life is a serious highlight, offering close to two days of play time between charges. And while the Xperia X Compact doesn't boast a sexy metallic design like the full-sized Sony phone, the 'mist blue' model is particularly alluring.

Check out our Xperia X Compact vs Xperia X comparison to see what the difference is between the two X phones. There's also our Xperia X Compact vs Xperia Z5 Compact comparison, to see how the new mini mobile stacks up against last year's dinky Sony blower.

Sony Xperia Z5

Price: £500
Release Date: October 2015
Our Review: Sony Xperia Z5 review

Sony's previous flagship phone before the Xperia XZ was one of the best Android phones of 2015 and can be picked up with a more wallet-friendly price tag these days.

For a start, that sexy frosted glass design is truly gorgeous (although rather fragile, so be careful) and fully water resistant, to survive drops into bath tubs and toilets. The Xperia Z5 is a seriously user friendly phone too, offering strong battery life (a day and a half per charge is standard) and a gorgeous 5.2-inch Full HD screen.

Sony Xperia Z5

The Xperia Z5's camera is still a highly dependable 23-megapixel snapper too, despite its age. Check out our Xperia Z5 vs the best of the rest camera supertest if you don't believe us.

Read our full original Sony Xperia Z5 review and check out our long-term Xperia Z5 review to see what we thought of the Z5 after three full months of play.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Price: £320
Release Date: October 2015
Our Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review

'Mini' versions of flagship phones are often mere shadows of their bigger brethren, with watered-down specs and frankly crap features. But with the 4.7-inch Xperia Z5 Compact, you get the exact same awesome camera, gorgeous HD visuals and the same responsive fingerprint sensor at the bigger Xperia Z5.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

But the best part is, the same great Sony Xperience (sorry, obvious joke) has been shrunk down into a colourful, fun little frame, which is now much easier to operate with one hand. For that reason, we highly recommend the Xperia Z5 Compact (which just also happens to be a wee bit cheaper). And unlike the newer X Compact, the Z5 Compact is fully water resistant.

Read our full Sony Xperia Z5 Compact review and our long-term Xperia Z5 Compact re-review after three full months of use. And check out how the Z5 Compact stacks up to other mini phones in our best compact phones feature.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

Price: £550
Release Date: November 2015
Our Review: Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review

If you want to go big, the Xperia Z5 Premium may be the Sony phone for you. This 5.5-inch beast boasts the world's first 4K phone screen, which might seem rather extravagant compared with the Full HD displays on Sony's other premium mobiles. However, the good news is that there's now plenty of 4K content to stream via services such as Netflix, so at least you can make use of that Ultra HD panel.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

The Premium isn't just a one-trick pony, however. You get the same super-powered camera as the Xperia Z5, which can take detailed shots in almost any conditions, as well as shoot 4K video - which of course you can view back in all of its glory right there on the Premium's screen. You also get dependable performance, although battery life isn't quite as strong as the Z5's.

Read our in-depth Sony Xperia Z5 Premium 2016 review to see what we think of this 5.5-inch beast a full year after its launch, and how it compares to similarly sized rivals like the OnePlus 3.

Sony Xperia XA

Price: £249
Release Date: July 2016
Our Review: Sony Xperia XA Review

Sony's Xperia XA is a wallet-friendly phone and one of the most stunning budget handsets we've ever played with, thanks to its gorgeous edge-to-edge screen. Sony's camera tech is dependable as ever, while the 5-inch 720p screen is a crisp and colourful panel as usual.

Sony Xperia Z5

Sadly the XA also falls short in a few departments, most notably with its limited performance and less-than-stellar battery life. For those reasons, you may prefer the Xperia E5 (see below) which gives a smoother everyday experience and better battery life, for half the price.

Check out our Sony Xperia X vs Xperia XA vs Xperia XA Ultra vs Xperia X Performance comparison review to see how the XA stacks up against the rest of Sony's 2016 smartphone selection.

Sony Xperia E5

Price: TBC
Release Date: July 2016
Our Review: Sony Xperia E5 review

The Xperia E5 is the cheapest 2016 Sony phone at just £99. Despite this it packs almost the same specs as the Xperia XA and the same gorgeous desktop experience too. In fact, the Xperia E5 actually boasts smoother performance and better battery life, although the 13-megapixel camera is very basic and best used only for simple, shareable shots.

Sony Xperia E5

Sony Xperia Z3

Price: £220
Release Date: October 2014
Our Review: Sony Xperia Z3 review

2014's flagship Sony Xperia phone is still a great handset, although it misses out on some of Sony's 2015 updates such as the new 23-megapixel camera and the awesome fingerprint sensor. That said, the Xperia Z3's 21-megapixel snapper is still well up to the task of everyday snaps, proving dependable even in dim or bright conditions. And while the sensor is a miss, you can make up for it with Android's excellent Trusted Places/Devices feature.

Sony Xperia Z3

The Xperia Z3 also packs pretty much the same gorgeous 5.2-inch screen as the Xperia Z5, with the ability to tweak the colour temperature to suit your own personal tastes. Factor in the curvy design and you have a very appealing handset that happily stands the test of time. And best of all, the Xperia Z3 is now quite cheap, so you can snag it for a great price.

Read our full Sony Xperia Z3 review.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Price: £180
Release Date: May 2015
Our Review: Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Review

If you're on an even tighter budget, may we recommend the Xperia M4 Aqua instead. This mid-range mobile still boasts most of Sony's excellent smartphone features including a water-resistant design and a very good 13-megapixel camera, but at half the price of the flagship Xperia phones.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

The spacious 5-inch HD screen is clear and colourful and although the phone's design isn't quite as gorgeous as the premium Xperias, the M4 Aqua is still easy on the eye.

Read our full Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review.

Sony Xperia M5

Price: £300
Release Date: August 2015 (Europe)/February 2016 (UK)
Our Review: Sony Xperia M5 Review

Sony actually updated the M4 Aqua for 2015/16 with the M5 and it's an improvement in every conceivable way. The biggest draw for the M5 is its killer camera experience. A mid-ranger with a 21.5-megapixel rear snapper and a 13-megapixel front-facer is unheard of, particular when you can also film in 4K. Check out our M5 camera review here.

Sony Xperia M5

The M5 also comes with killer good looks, a Full HD display, NFC, 4G LTE, IP65/68 waterproofing, PlayStation integration and expandable storage up to 200GB. Not bad for a sub-£300 handset.

Read our full Sony Xperia M5 review.

Best Sony Xperia phones still coming in 2017

Sony Mobile is guaranteed to launch some exciting new smartphone tech in 2017, and we're already hearing rumblings of its first new handset, which could possibly be the Sony Xperia X2. Here's our round-up of the biggest rumoured Sony phones coming later this year.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Price: TBC
Release Date: Spring 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium hands-on review

Sony showed off its new Xperia XZ Premium phone at MWC 2017, wowing the crowds with the world's first 4K HDR screen packed into a mobile handset. It's similar to the Xperia Z5 Premium in many ways, with a shiny rear surfacing, plenty of power and Sony's latest 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera rounding off some premium specs.

Check back soon for our full Sony Xperia XZ Premium review.

Sony Xperia XZs

Price: TBC
Release Date: Spring 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia XZs vs Xperia XZ, what's new?

The Xperia XZs is a small step up from the Xperia XZ flagship phone released at the end of 2016, freshly launched here at MWC 2017. You get the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, plus Sony's new Motion Eye camera which can shoot Super Slow Motion video footage.

Come back soon for our in-depth Sony Xperia XZs review.

Sony Xperia XA1

Price: TBC
Release Date: Spring 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia XA1 vs Xperia XA, what's new?

Last year's Xperia XA was sadly a bit slow and underwhelming, despite that impressive and gorgeous design. Thankfully Sony seems to have made amends with the sequel, the Xperia XA1. This phone bumps the performance and general specs while retaining that beautiful edge-to-edge screen, along with a more rounded finish.

Check back soon for our full in-depth Sony Xperia XA review.

Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

Price: TBC
Release Date: Spring 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra vs XA Ultra, what's new?

The Xperia XA1 Ultra is a mighty 6-inch phone, and the sequel to the Xperia XA Ultra launched last year. It boasts improved specs, new camera tech and a more refined design, while also keeping the price low. And that front-facing selfie camera is perfect for night shots with its flash and smart shutter burst mode.

Check back soon for our in-depth Xperia XA1 Ultra review.

Sony Xperia X2

Price: TBC
Release Date: Spring 2017?
Our Review: Sony Xperia X2 Preview

Sony's Xperia X2 has a few issues to sort out with the original phone, in order to really deliver a death blow to rival mobiles like Samsung's Galaxy A5 and the OnePlus 3T. For a start, there's the price tag. £450 was too much to ask for the original Xperia X, while the likes of the OnePlus phone cost less and deliver far superior performance.

However, the Xperia X got many things right, including the excellent design, gorgeous screen and dependable cameras. So we're already optimistic that the next Xperia X Series phone will impress, providing the price is right.

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