The best smartphone of 2018: 15 top mobile phones tested and ranked

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15. Sony Xperia XZ2

The first phone to properly record in 4K HDR

Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,180mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 5MP

Beautiful HDR screen
4K HDR video recording
Poor fingerprint scanner placement
No headphone jack

This is Sony's latest flagship phone, bringing the best elements of the brand's tech in one handset. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset lives under the hood, and there's an interesting new haptic engine to 'enhance' your movie and music watching.

Screen: Sony always has excellent screen technology on its phones, and while it's only 1080p the quality is still high. There's HDR playback, a longer 18:9 screen format and it'll upscale the stuff you're watching, meaning you're always going to get a strong experience for Netflix and more.

Battery life: Battery life on the XZ2 is good, if not the best on the market. It now offers wireless charging so you can top up easily on the go, and you'll get a day out of most uses. There's also Sony's Stamina mode to extend things when needed, and Qnovo battery care means your phone's power pack will go for months longer.

Camera: Sony's camera tech has always been good, if not stunning, and while the XZ2 is an improvement over the XZ1 it's not a huge leap forward. The intelligent scene recognition is the best we've seen it, there are some neat features inside to help you snap the right moment and there's even a bokeh mode. Sadly it's not dual sensor, but 4K HDR video recording is a first on a smartphone.

Mini verdict: Another good, solid phone from Sony that does everything well and brings some more advanced features than previous handsets from the brand. The design is a little chunky and the fingerprint scanner in the wrong place, but otherwise this is the top Sony phone around at the moment.

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