Sony has its hands in almost every aspect of consumer tech, from smartphones to televisions, headphones, cameras and even games consoles, but while it’s a tech behemoth overall it’s not one of the biggest players in the smartphone world.
The company only launches a few handsets most years, but these tend to stand out from the crowd, with wide aspect ratios and – at the top end – 4K screens.
Coupled with Sony’s audio smarts these phones are ideal for fans of music and movies, but they often excel in other areas too, and Sony is one of the few manufacturers that still makes relatively compact phones – as well as big ones.
Which Sony phones support 5G? These are:
Which 5G Sony phone should I choose?
There isn’t a huge selection of Sony 5G phones at the time of writing, so your choice really comes down to a big flagship like the Sony Xperia 1 III, a smaller flagship like the Sony Xperia 5 III, or a mid-range phone like the Sony Xperia 10 III. These cover most of the smartphone bases though, with Sony only really lacking a super-cheap 5G phone.
Top 5G Sony phone
The Sony Xperia 1 III is arguably the top Sony 5G phone – it’s certainly the one with the best specs at the time of writing. It has a 6.5-inch 1644 x 3840 OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, making it the worlds’ first 4K smartphone screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has a 21:9 aspect ratio, making it ideal for widescreen content like movies.
The Sony Xperia 1 III also has a powerful Snapdragon 888 chipset and 12GB of RAM, so it can go head to head with just about any other handset on the power front. There’s a quad-lens camera too, plus a premium, water-resistant build.
Most affordable 5G Sony phone
The Sony Xperia 10 III is the most affordable 5G Sony phone, but this still has impressive specs, including a 6.0-inch 1080 x 2520 OLED screen, a triple-lens camera, a mid-range Snapdragon 690 chipset, a 4,500mAh battery, and water resistance.
Top value 5G Sony phone
The Sony Xperia 5 III is arguably the top value 5G Sony phone, as while it has an undeniably high-end price, it’s still significantly more affordable than the Sony Xperia 1 III, while packing in much of what makes that phone great.
It has the same Snapdragon 888 chipset, a similar design, the same water resistance, the same 4,500mAh battery capacity, and basically the same camera (though it lacks the Xperia 1 III’s depth sensor).
Where the Sony Xperia 5 III differs is in its screen, which is still a 120Hz OLED display, but is smaller and less sharp at 6.1 inches and 1080 x 2520. But some people will prefer a smaller screen, and at that size a 4K resolution wouldn’t be very noticeable anyway.
Latest 5G Sony phones
The Sony Xperia 1 III and Sony Xperia 5 III are Sony’s latest 5G phones at the time of writing. They’re both flagships, with the Xperia 1 III being for people who want a big screen and no compromises, while the Xperia 5 III is for those who want something slightly smaller and cheaper – but still with high-end power.
Sony in summary
Sony isn’t a company that tries to make phones for everyone, rather it serves some specific niches. If you watch a lot of videos on your phone, or care about audio (be it through the phone speakers or using headphones with the 3.5mm port that Sony still offers), then a Sony handset will typically be a great choice.
Their narrow design also makes Sony’s 5G phones stand out a bit visually, and at the top-end they have all the other specs and features you’re likely to want too.