Latest Sony Mobile phone reviews

Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack?
4.0 stars Sony Xperia XZ2 review: The best Sony phone in years, but is that enough to lead the flagship pack? By Chris Hall

The biggest criticism of Sony's phones in recent years has been the company's dogged persistence in sticking with a design that hasn't moved with the times. OmniBalance, as the company calls it, has retained bezel scales well beyond its competitors. And... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all
4.0 stars Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review: If small is your all By Cam Bunton

The Sony smartphone approach over the past few years has been rather non-committal. There have been plenty of Xperia devices launched, sure, but each has changed so little between generations - and often within just six months of each other - pushing... Read more

Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies
Sony Xperia XA2 initial review: 23 megapixel pics plus super-wide selfies By Dan Grabham

Sony has debuted new mid-range Xperia phones at CES 2018, the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra plus the L2. The XA2’s key feature is its 23 megapixel camera, while there’s also a super-wide angle 8 megapixel front camera, too, above the 5.2-inch display.... Read more

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery
Sony Xperia XA1 Plus preview: Mid-ranger with a beefy battery By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin, including two flagships to complement the 4K Xperia XZ Premium and one "super mid-ranger".The super mid-ranger comes in the form of the Xperia XA1 Plus, sitting alongside the... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns
Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview: The small powerhouse returns By Britta O'Boyle

Until last year, the Sony Compact handset was one of our all-time favourite Sony devices. It was hard evidence that good things can come in small packages, offering the same power and hardware as the flagship smartphone it launched alongside.That all... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware
Sony Xperia XZ1 preview: Classic design, upgraded hardware By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced three new smartphones at consumer electronics show IFA, including two flagship devices that will "complement" the spec-stacked Xperia XZ Premium that launched at the beginning of the year, rather than replace it. The Xperia XZ1 succeeds... Read more

Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: 4K flagship has stacks of specs appeal
4.0 stars Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: 4K flagship has stacks of specs appeal By Britta O'Boyle

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium sits at the top of the huge portfolio of Sony smartphones, pulling together advanced camera and display technology from other aspects of Sony's business and pairing it all with the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.However,... Read more

Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers
Sony Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra preview: Edgy mid-rangers By Britta O'Boyle

Sony announced the X series of smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2016, marking the death of the Z line and a new path for the Japanese manufacturer. There were several X devices announced, including the lovely Xperia XA with its edge-to-edge display.One... Read more

Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware
Sony Xperia XZs preview: Same design, new hardware By Britta O'Boyle

The Xperia XZs is one of four smartphones debuting at Mobile World Congress 2017 from Sony Mobile, succeeding the Xperia XZ that was announced six months ago at IFA in September.The new smartphone offers an upgrade in terms of camera functionality and... Read more

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?
3.5 stars Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin? By Chris Hall

Sony Mobile seems to be in something of a spin. Having launched the Xperia Z5 family - in regular, Compact and Premium guises - the next throw of the dice was the Xperia X family, amidst rumours that the top-end Z was no more. However, the Xperia X family... Read more

Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about
Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about By Britta O'Boyle

You may have heard by now that Sony announced a new line of Xperia devices at Mobile World Congress, called the X series.The range has three smartphones within it comprising the Xperia X, Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. This latter model is the... Read more

Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty
Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty By Britta O'Boyle

Sony used Mobile World Congress to announce a new series of smartphones that will sit below the flagship Z line and above the mid-range M line.The Xperia X series features three handsets - the Xperia X, the Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. The... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?
4.0 stars Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way? By Chris Hall

The surprise of Sony's latest smartphone refresh is the Xperia Z5 Premium. It's a bold title for a device named to make a statement; it's a device that captured the imagination with its chrome mirrored finish and 4K display when we first saw it.But is... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles
4.0 stars Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles By Chris Hall

Sony fell over its feet with the Xperia Z3+, a device that seemed to undo some of the great work laid down by the Xperia Z3 it replaced. With Sony seemingly sticking to unrelenting smartphone churn, however, the Z3+ is wiped away a mere four months after... Read more

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on) By Chris Hall

For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller. Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... Read more

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range
4.0 stars Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range By Britta O'Boyle

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is one of the first waterproof smartphones to offer exposed ports, meaning no faffing around removing a flap to reveal the Micro-USB charging port. That, along with its flagship-mimicking design, saw this mid-ranger greeted with... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)
3.5 stars Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally) By Mike Lowe

Sony has been moulding its Xperia Z-series flagship smartphone line into the perfect model. Well, it more-or-less achieved that with the Z3 towards the end of 2014, so for the new Z3+ to arrive mid-2015 led us to believe we'd be getting more hot stuff.Only... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm
5.0 stars Sony Xperia Z3 review: Third time's a charm By Chris Hall

Sony has revised and updated its flagship smartphone more times than any rival in recent years, with the Xperia Z3 model arriving just six months after the previous Z2 hit the shelves.The Sony Xperia Z3 sticks very much to the lines laid by its predecessors,... Read more

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
5.0 stars Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review By Chris Hall

Finding a compact phone with flagship specs is something of a rarity these days, with many manufacturers delivering smaller-screen devices in the mid-range instead. Not so the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, a device powerful enough to stand up to its larger-screen... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z3 review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z3 review By Britta O'Boyle

It's only been 6 months since the Sony Xperia Z2 hit the shelves, but the company has already announced its successor, the Xperia Z3. It offers a more refined design, improved camera and the ability to play your PS4 console games on your smartphone.The... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia E3 review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia E3 review By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has been busy at IFA 2014, announcing a number of new Xperia devices to its portfolio including the new Xperia Z3 flagship and smaller Xperia Z3 Compact at the premium end, but it is also going after the budget end of the market with the Xperia... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review By Britta O'Boyle

Sony launched the Xperia Z1 Compact at the beginning of 2014, offering a 4.3-inch device with many of its bigger brother's powerful specs. Alongside the launch of the Xperia Z3 smartphone, Sony has also announced the 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA... Read more

Sony Xperia Z2 review
4.5 stars Sony Xperia Z2 review By Chris Hall

Sony is in a funny place with its smartphones, pumping out a flagship device refresh every six months, rather than on a yearly cycle like most of its rivals.This sees the Sony Xperia Z2 landing seven months after the Z1's September launch, offering much... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia M2 review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia M2 review By Britta O'Boyle

Sony has announced the Xperia M2 smartphone, which it is claiming has the "world's best smartphone technology in its class". It steals the design from the Xperia Z family, but ditches the waterproofing feature, so be careful not to confuse this device... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z2 review By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia Z2 is Sony's new flagship smartphone. It takes the Sony Xperia Z1 launched in August 2013 and refines it, with Sony running with the message that "details make the difference".Sony continues to leverage its wide experience in consumer... Read more

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
5.0 stars Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is one of the first smaller-displayed devices to launch in recent years that can claim flagship status. It's something that fans have been calling for for some time: a device that's small, but packs as powerful a punch as the... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review By Stuart Miles

Sony has announced the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, a shrunken down version of its flagship Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone, at CES 2014. Pocket-lint was invited to spend time with the new handset ahead of the global reveal at the Consumer Electronics Show to see... Read more

Sony Xperia Z Ultra review
4.0 stars Sony Xperia Z Ultra review By Stuart Miles

When is a phone a tablet or a tablet a phone? It is a question that is continuing to perplex as we see more and more companies releasing giant devices that look too big to be a phone, but too small to be a tablet. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is a prime example,... Read more

Sony Xperia Z1 review
4.0 stars Sony Xperia Z1 review By Chris Hall

Sony's twice-yearly flagship cycle has given birth to the Sony Xperia Z1, a super-charged refresh of the Sony Xperia Z offering a super-sized 5-inch HD screen. The Xperia Z isn't exactly that old, yet Sony has already seen fit to tweak the design and... Read more

Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 review
Hands-on: Sony Xperia Z1 review By Stuart Miles

The Sony Xperia Z1, the latest flagship Android smartphone from Sony Mobile, has just been announced at IFA 2013. As you might expect, Pocket-lint spent an afternoon with the new handset ahead of the official launch, to see just how much has changed... Read more

Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia Z Ultra pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has been unveiled, bringing with it a huge 6.4-inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 display, as well all the connectivity features and functions you’d expect from a premium smartphone.At only about half an inch smaller than many of the tablets... Read more

Sony Xperia SP
4.0 stars Sony Xperia SP By Chris Hall

With Sony getting out of the blocks early, it's one of the first companies in 2013 to reveal its wider portfolio of devices. The Sony Xperia SP technically slips into what we'd traditionally call the mid-range, but with specs matching 2012's flagship... Read more

Sony Xperia L pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia L pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

In addition to the new mid-range Xperia SP, Sony's also updated its entry-level model with the introduction of the Xperia L, and Pocket-lint was on hand to have a tinker with this latest affordable Xperia handset.Although Sony won't confirm exactly how... Read more

Sony Xperia SP pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia SP pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

The Sony Xperia Z kicked off the company's 2013 smartphone presence with a bang, but it's not the only handset due this year. Behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress 2013 in February, Pocket-lint was treated to an advanced viewing of the new, mid-range... Read more

Sony Xperia Z
4.5 stars Sony Xperia Z By Chris Hall

If the smartphone world is bored of HTC, or tiring of Samsung, then Sony Mobile might have found form at the best possible time in the Sony Xperia Z. Everything seems to pull together in the Xperia Z in a way it hasn’t before.Sony’s forays into Android... Read more

Sony Xperia ZL official, ditches Xperia Z waterproofing and design, we go hands-on
Sony Xperia ZL official, ditches Xperia Z waterproofing and design, we go hands-on By Stuart Miles

Besides launching the new Sony Xperia Z, Sony Mobile has announced the Sony Xperia ZL - a phone that comes with the same underlying technology but in a slightly different casing.If you're wondering why, it's because the Xperia ZL isn't for all countries,... Read more

Sony Xperia Z 5-inch Android superphone official, we go hands-on
Sony Xperia Z 5-inch Android superphone official, we go hands-on By Stuart Miles

Sony Mobile has announced the launch of its new flagship smartphone for 2013, the Sony Xperia Z.The new phone, a mammoth 7.9mm thick, 5-inch beast, has previously gone under the guise of the Sony Yuga and enjoyed the usual array of leaks ahead of its... Read more

Sony Xperia T
3.5 stars Sony Xperia T By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia T is looking to turn heads. Running with the tagline "the ultimate HD experience", Sony wants to muscle in on the big boys of the Android world.It lands with a 4.55-inch display, so it's pushing inches to compete with the likes of the... Read more

Sony Xperia J pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia J pictures and hands-on By Hunter Skipworth

The last of Sony's trio of new phones, unveiled at IFA, is another budget deal from the big S. The Xperia J forgoes the top-notch screen on the better models for a 4-inch FWVGA display - and it shows. The phone is definitely budget but still has one of... Read more

Sony Xperia V pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia V pictures and hands-on By Hunter Skipworth

The second in Sony's trio of smartphones announced at IFA is the Xperia V. While not being quite as exciting as the flagship Xperia T, there is still a lot to like about this handset. In fact the two are very similar.Internally, both have the same 1.5... Read more

Sony Xperia T pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia T pictures and hands-on By Hunter Skipworth

Sony has finally unveiled a phone to replace the Xperia S as a flagship product. The Xperia T packs quite a punch, although isn't exactly powerful compared to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X.Inside is a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Krait dual-core... Read more

Sony Xperia Go
3.5 stars Sony Xperia Go By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia Go wants to be the action phone in your life. It bears some of the hallmarks of Sony Ericsson, with that company's roundel on the rear, but otherwise comes decked out like the latest Sony Mobile devices.But does this Android handset offer... Read more

Sony Xperia Tipo pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia Tipo pictures and hands-on By Dan Sung

A glance of the expert's eye might miss that the Sony Xperia Tipo is an Android Ice Cream Sandwich handset, but it seems that Google's most recently released mobile OS version is everywhere these days - even in a handset preparing to hit the shelves at... Read more

Sony Xperia Go pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia Go pictures and hands-on By Mike Lowe

The Sony Xperia Go is no ordinary smartphone. This rugged, dustproof and waterproof Android-enabled device is one tough cookie, and Pocket-lint was on hand to test out just how much pain this smartphone can take.It's not often that a device is fully waterproof.... Read more

Sony Xperia Miro pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia Miro pictures and hands-on By Hunter Skipworth

Sony has yet another smartphone for us to take a peek at. In what seems like a line up more complex than discovering the Higgs Boson, the Xperia Miro is basically another phone entering into the cheap Android handset battle. All the standard things are... Read more

Sony Xperia P
3.5 stars Sony Xperia P By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia P rolls out in the middle of Sony's line of NXT handsets following the separation from Ericsson. It is mid-range both in terms of specs and size, but falls into an extremely competitive market.Can the Sony Xperia P shine, or will experienced... Read more

Sony Xperia S
4.0 stars Sony Xperia S By Chris Hall

The Sony Xperia S is the flagship handset in a line-up from a newly refreshed Sony Mobile. With the Ericsson branding swept aside, Sony is striving forward with a new range of devices for 2012.The Sony Xperia S leads the charge, but as a newly branded... Read more

Sony Xperia U pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia U pictures and hands-on By Chris Hall

Sony has announced the Sony Xperia U, a third handset to complement the newly launched Sony Xperia P and the flagship model, the Xperia S.The smallest of all three handsets, the Xperia U will come with a 3.5-inch reality display touchscreen, 1Ghz dual... Read more

Sony Xperia P pictures and hands-on
Sony Xperia P pictures and hands-on By Stuart Miles

Sony Xperia P, that's the name of the new Xperia from Sony that will sit slightly below the Xperia S announced at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year.  The new model, announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, will come in an aluminium unibody... Read more

Sony Ericsson Xperia Active
4.0 stars Sony Ericsson Xperia Active By Ian Morris

There aren't many people who would argue that staying in shape is important, and an increasingly popular pastime for many. So mobile phone companies are keen to appeal to active sorts with phones that can help them in their pursuits.Sony Ericsson markets... Read more