Best Sony phone you can buy right now TechnoBuffalo 2022

Once upon a time, Sony was an authority in phones, but with the dawn of smartphones, it faded into the shadows. Quietly, it has made a comeback with an impressive slate of devices that would make any person happy and it starts with the Xperia 1, the Sony phone you should buy.

Our pick

Sony Xperia 1

It stands tall among the competition

Sony's Xperia 1 is one the best Android smartphones available that's not from Samsung or Google. From its powerful specs to its beautiful industrial design that screams premium, the Xperia 1 does just about everything right.

Who should buy the Xperia 1?

Those looking for the best media experience available. The Xperia 1 delivers that through its CindeWide 4K HDR display and immersive Dolby Atmos sound. All of that, plus its top-of-the-line specs, make it a powerful device to use day in and day out.

Is it a good time to buy this phone?

Definitely! The Xperia 1 was just announced last month at Mobile World Congress, which makes it one of the newest phones you can buy right now.

Reasons to buy

  • 4K HDR OLED display
  • Powerful specs
  • Impressive features
  • Tripe-camera system

Reasons not to buy

  • Expensive

A media machine

Sony has gone under the radar with its Android flagships for a while now, but the Xperia 1 is looking to changes things up. It looks more like a futuristic flagship than a regular smartphone people will use. And it's all thanks to the stunning display that makes it a media machine.

The 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED display with 3840x1644 resolution is the best panel ever put on a smartphone. That's because it's the first 4K OLED panel on a smartphone; no other phone has offered this type of display technology. Not that pixels were an issue with Quad HD displays from Samsung or LG, but Sony just took it to the next level and dropped the mic with this display. It's truly something to behold.

It's also basically bezel-less, reaching from the top of the front panel to the very bottom, and the resolution will just immerse you in the experience. The OLED technology provides a dynamic experience with rich and vibrant content

The super tall display is truly something to behold.

Sony professionally calibrated the display to deliver ultra-smooth colors and professional-grade contrast. All this comes to life in a 21:9 aspect ratio that is tailor-made for modern movies that contain truly spectacular IMAX scenes.

Once you get beyond the gorgeous display, you notice that the phone itself is a powerhouse device. It has the latest cutting-edge specs you'd expect from an Android flagship: Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, 3,330mAh battery, 12-megapixel triple-camera system, and Android 9 Pie.

And since Sony is quite familiar with cameras, it also packed included a triple-camera system that consists of main lens, a telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide lens that all have a 12-megapixel sensoor. That's basically the standard camera array most marquee smartphone cameras have nowadays.

Alternatives to the Xperia 1

If the Xperia 1 is not what you are looking for, there are other devices that Sony offers that might appeal better to you.

Runner-up

Xperia 10 Plus

A step below but just as good

The Xperia 10 Plus is another one of the new devices Sony unveiled at MWC in Feb. 2019. It's Sony's mid-tier flagship that packs great specs without reaching the ultra-premium price point.

The Xperia 10 Plus features a huge 6.5-inch display that has a 21:9 aspect ratio, perfect for ultra-wide movies. It's powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor and 4GB of RAM, and it even has a headphone jack just for old times sake.

Value pick

Xperia 10

A high experience with a low price

Just below the Xperia 10 Plus is its smaller brother, the Xperia 10, which offers many of the same benefits at a cheaper price.

The Xperia 10 is just the smaller version of its bigger brother, with a few differences. It has a slightly smaller 6-inch display and is powered by the Snapdragon 630 processor and 3GB of RAM. However, these minor concession puts its price at an impressive $350.

Bottom line

The Xperia 1 is the best Sony smartphone you can buy and its justification is quite obvious. Just about everything you want in a smartphone, it offers. Whether you're a media person who likes watching video or someone who wants their phone to do everything — take good pictures, wirelessly charge, have the latest software — the Xperia 1 delivers.

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Sony Xperia 1

It stands tall among the competition

Sony's Xperia 1 is one the best Android smartphones available that's not from Samsung or Google. From its powerful specs to its beautiful industrial design that screams premium, the Xperia 1 does just about everything right.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author:

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was the catalyst for his interest in writing. Down the road, the colorful iPod Mini jumpstarted his interest in technology and has been glued to it ever since.

Author:

Nirave Gondhia has been writing about the mobile industry for over a decade and began his career selling and fixing phones in the UK. He's used every flagship smartphone over the past five years and carries at least phones at all times. Say hi to him on Twitter at @nirave.

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