The Sony Xperia 5 IV is somewhat of an outlier among flagship smartphones and includes a headphone jack and a microSD card reader in its compact case. Additionally, it comes with great speakers. Unfortunately, the camera no longer supports variable zoom.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is another surprise and features one of the best camera setups of any Android phone. Similarly, it performs well in many other disciplines and comes with added software functionality courtesy of Google.

So close, yet so far: Although Huawei’s Mate 50 Pro takes excellent pictures, has a great screen, and offers fast performance, there is no support for Google services or 5G. Since the user experience is more involved and requires certain concessions, it is generally harder to recommend.


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