Sony has been in the smartphone game from the very beginning, pretty much, and the company had revealed quite a few flagship smartphones to date. Sony has been releasing several flagships per year, and is one of those companies that rebranded its flagship series more than one. The Sony Xperia Z flagship series was born way back in January 2013, when a phone with that name was announced. Sony has been releasing devices under the Xperia Z series until February 2016, when the Xperia X landed, and replaced the Xperia Z5, ushering in Sony’s X series of flagships, which quickly became the XZ series of flagships.
The company’s Xperia XZ series of phones lasted until 2019, when the company decided to rebrand its flagships once again, and this time around Sony opted for a much simpler name for its new flagship, as it ended up calling it the Xperia 1. If you’d like to know more about the history of the company’s flagship smartphone series, read on, as you’ll find all of the company’s flagship smartphones listed down below along with more info.
Sony Xperia Z
The Sony Xperia Z was announced in January 2013, and it was one of the first Android flagship handsets to offer an actual IP rating. The Xperia Z comes with IP57 rating for dust and water resistance. Sony was also one of the first smartphone companies to adopt glass backs, as the Xperia Z ships with a glass back. The phone includes a circular power key on the right, which was also not that common back when the phone launched. Speaking of buttons, a proper physical shutter key is also included on this phone, and located on the right-hand side of its body.
The Xperia Z includes a 5-inch fullHD display, which was actually considered to be rather large back then. The company also introduced a phablet version of the Xperia Z in July 2013, the Xperia Z Ultra. That handset is quite similar to the Xperia Z, but it came with a huge 6.4-inch panel, and the phone is rather huge, it’s enough to say that it was 92.2mm wide. The Xperia Z is fueled by the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and it includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (expandable). The Xperia Z ships with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, but it got upgraded to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which was the last official update for the device.
Sony Xperia Z1
The Sony Xperia Z1 is the main phone in the Xperia Z1 series, but it came with two siblings, the Z1 Compact and Z1s. All of those devices were flagship-grade back in the day, and all of them are fueled by the Snapdragon 800 processor. The Sony Xperia Z1 arrived in September 2013, the same year the Xperia Z was announced. The Xperia Z1 Compact followed in January 2014, same goes for the Xperia Z1s. While the Xperia Z1s is almost identical to the Xperia Z1, aside from the storage capacity and some other tidbits, the Xperia Z1 Compact is considerably smaller, and its specs are somewhat different.
The Xperia Z1(s) features a 5-inch fullHD display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB (32GB in Z1s’ case). Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes pre-installed on the Xperia Z, while 4.3 Jelly Bean ships with the Xperia Z1s. Both phones received Android 5.1 Lollipop as their last official update. Both of these devices include a 3,000mAh non-removable battery, and a 20.7-megapixel camera on the back. The Xperia Z1 Compact comes with a 4.3-inch HD display, and it ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The phone also includes 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, while it sports the very same camera setup as the Xperia Z1(s).
Sony Xperia Z2
The Sony Xperia Z2 was announced in February 2014, while it went on sale two months later. The phone resembles its predecessor quite a bit in terms of the design, while it came with a slightly improved processor, the Snapdragon 801. The Xperia XZ2 features a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. The phone also includes IP58 certification for water and dust resistance, while the very same 20.7-megapixel camera is included on the back of this phone.
The Xperia Z2 also came with a 3,200mAh non-removable battery. A 2.2-megapixel camera is included on the front side of this phone, and that is a slight improvement over a 2-megapixel unit which is included in the Xperia XZ1. The Xperia Z2 also includes a set of stereo speakers, while it ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box. The last update this phone received was Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony had announced two flagship handsets as part of the Xperia Z3 lineup, the Xperia Z3, and Z3 Compact. Both of these phones were announced in September 2014, and both of them are fueled by the same processor, the Snapdragon 801. On top of that, the two phones offer the same design language, while the Xperia XZ3 Compact is considerably smaller than its sibling. Both of these phones ship with a set of stereo speakers, and those speakers are quite solid.
The Xperia Z3 features a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and 16GB / 32GB of expandable storage. The XZ3 Compact, on the other hand, includes a 4.6-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. A 20.7-megapixel camera is included on the back of both devices, while Android 4.4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on both of them. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is the latest update that these two phones received.
Sony Xperia Z3+ / Z4
Sony’s Xperia Z3 successor is called the Xperia Z4, but only in Japan, everywhere else the phone is referred to as the Xperia Z3+, for some reason. It is still unknown why Sony did that, as it managed to confuse quite a few people, but there you have it. The Xperia Z3+ looks quite similar to the Xperia XZ3, while its dimensions are almost identical, as the phone is equally as tall and wide as its predecessor, while it also includes the same display.
The Xperia Z3+ is also made out of metal and glass, just like its predecessors, and it features a 5.2-inch fullHD display. The phone includes 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm. The device is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, just like the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, while a 2,930mAh battery is included on the inside. That battery is a bit smaller than a unit included in the Xperia Z3, but the Xperia XZ3+ includes Quick Charge 2.0 charging. Just to be clear, the Xperia Z3 includes such charging as well, but only its Japanese variant, a global model does not, so the Xperia Z3+ definitely improved in that regard.
Sony Xperia Z5
Sony had introduced three smartphones as part of the Xperia Z5 series, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium. All three devices were announced back in September 2015, and all of them are fueled by the same processor, the Snapdragon 810. These three devices also look quite similar, and all of them have physical shutter buttons, which was to be expected considering that every single one of their predecessors included such a button as well. All three devices include stereo speakers, and all of them ship with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. The Xperia Z5 and Z5 Premium got updated to Android 7.1.1 Nougat, while the Xperia Z5 Compact received Android 7.0 Nougat as its last official update.
The Sony Xperia Z5 is about the same size as the Xperia Z3+, while the design language did not change much either. The phone includes a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable). A 2,900mAh battery is included in the package, along with Quick Charge 2.0. The Xperia Z5 Premium sports a larger 5.5-inch 4K display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. This phone comes with a larger 3,430mAh battery, and the same fast charging as the base model. The Xperia Z5 Compact, on the other hand, includes a 4.6-inch HD display, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while a 2,700mAh battery is included in the package as well, along with Quick Charge 2.0.
Sony Xperia X Performance
The Sony Xperia X Performance was basically announced as a successor to the Xperia Z5. This handset was announced in February 2016, and it sports a 5-inch fullHD display. The X Performance ships with an aluminum back, while it also includes a side-facing fingerprint scanner, that fingerprint scanner is located on the right. The phone sports a set of stereo speakers, and it also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The Xperia X Performance ships with 3GB of RAM and in 32GB and 64GB storage variants. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820, while a 23-megapixel camera is included on its back. A single 13-megapixel camera is placed on the phone’s front side, while Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phone. The phone got update all the way up to Android 8.0 Oreo, which was its last update.
Sony Xperia XZ
The Sony Xperia XZ was the company’s very first “Xperia XZ” flagship, as Sony decided to rebrand its flagship series of smartphones yet again. This smartphone was announced back in September 2016, while it became available a month later. The phone does resemble its predecessors in terms of the design, and it retains a physical camera shutter. The Xperia XZ came with a side-facing fingerprint scanner, it is located on the right-hand side of the phone’s body.
The phone features a 5.2-inch fullHD display, and it comes with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. The Snapdragon 820 fuels the Xperia XZ, while the phone sports a single 23-megapixel camera on the back. A 13-megapixel camera is included on the front side of the smartphone, while Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on the device. Android 8.0 Oreo is the last update this phone received, and the device includes a non-removable 2,900mAh battery, not to mention it supports Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.
Sony Xperia XZs
The Sony Xperia XZs was announced in February 2017, and it sports the same display size and resolution as the Xperia XZ. The same can be said for its design as well, while even its dimensions are identical. The Xperia XZs is fueled by the same processor as the Xperia XZ, but it is a more powerful smartphone, as Sony boosted some of its specifications. The Sony Xperia XZs includes more RAM than the Xperia XZ, it sports 4GB of RAM, and was announced in both 32GB and 64GB storage options.
The phone sports a 19-megapixel camera on the back, while a 13-megapixel unit is included on its front side. The Xperia XZs is IP68 certified for water and dust resistance, while it includes a 2,900mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 3.0, same as the Xperia XZ. The phone sports stereo speakers, and it ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. The last update this phone received was to Android 8.0 Oreo.
Sony Xperia XZ1
As part of the Xperia XZ1 series, Sony actually introduced two smartphones, the Xperia XZ1, and XZ1 Compact. Both of these phones were announced in August 2017, and they are both fueled by the same processor, the Snapdragon 835. Both devices are IP68 certified, and even though they look really similar, they differ quite a bit in size, while some of their specifications are also different.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 features a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Xperia XZ1 Compact, on the other hand, includes a noticeably smaller 4.6-inch HD display, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both devices sport a 19-megapixel camera on the back, while the same 8-megapixel selfie camera is included on both devices as well. Interestingly enough, Sony opted to include the same battery capacity in both devices, a 2,700mAh unit, which is beneficial for the Xperia XZ1 Compact, of course.
Sony Xperia XZ2
As part of the Xperia XZ2 family of devices, Sony actually released three smartphones, the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, and XZ2 Premium. The first two phones were announced in February 2018, while the XZ2 Premium landed in April that same year. The Xperia XZ2 series represented a change in the design philosophy for Sony, these devices include thinner bezels than their predecessors, while they are not boxy like Sony’s previous smartphones, the company actually decided to curve them up quite a bit.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Premium are made out of metal and glass, while the Xperia XZ2 Compact ships with a plastic back. All three devices sport rear-facing fingerprint scanners, and all of them are fueled by the Snapdragon 845. The Xperia XZ2 sports a 5.7-inch fullHD+ display, the Xperia XZ2 Compact ships with a 5-inch fullHD+ panel, while the Xperia XZ2 Premium features a 4K display. All three devices ship with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Sony Xperia XZ3
The Sony Xperia XZ3 followes the lead of the Xperia XZ2 with a glass back panel, and plenty of curves, the phone was announced in August 2018. These two phones are actually quite similar, with one major difference, the Xperia XZ3 was the company’s first flagship to include an OLED panel, the phone ships with a 6-inch QHD+ P-OLED display. The Xperia XZ3 also includes a fingerprint scanner on the back, and it sports IP65/IP68 certification for water and dust resistance.
The Xperia XZ3 is fueled by the same processor as its predecessor, the Snapdragon 845, while it ships with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A 6GB RAM variant is also available, but only in Taiwan. Android 9 Pie comes pre-installed on this smartphone, while A 13-megapixel camera is included on the back of the Xperia XZ3. A 13-megapixel selfie unit is also a part of the package, while the phone ships with stereo speakers, but without a headphone jack.
Sony Xperia 1
The Sony Xperia 1 was announced in February 2019, and it represented a new rebrand for Sony’s flagship series of smartphones, as it marked the end of the Xperia XZ series of devices. The Sony Xperia 1 is made out of metal and glass, it includes a side-facing fingerprint scanner, and it is quite tall, and quite narrow at the same time, despite having a 6.5-inch display. The reason for that lies in its display aspect ratio, the phone ships with a display aspect ratio of 21:9, and is the very Sony-branded smartphone of that kind in the market.
The Sony Xperia 1 includes a 6.5-inch 4K display, 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 855 processor, and it ships with Android 9 Pie out of the box. Three 12-megapixel cameras are included on the back of this phone, and make it the very first Sony-branded phone to ship with three cameras on the back. Stereo speakers are included here, and so is a 3,330mAh battery.