I agree Sony make great phones, they always have done. MKBHD doesn't ignore them either, he's done videos in the past including this one here
. I think the problem with Sony is that their phones are too mid-tier. They don't have as high specs as something like the Pixel or the S7, but they always have a much more reasonable price. At the same time they aren't the cheapest smartphones out there, if I wanted a budget phone I'd more likely go for something like a OnePlus. I feel like while they aren't really the best in any one category, they are the best at having that balance between price and quality.
After looking at some of their phones the XA Ultra looks to be a pretty nice budget phone. I do think Sony deserve more sales and I'm not sure why they've been doing so poorly recently.
The Xperia Z5 premium is available by many retailers for as low as $400, which is much cheaper than the Galaxy S7. If OP is planning on purchasing a galaxy, then I think they should take a look at this comparison:
The only downsides are the 3GB RAM vs the Galaxy's 4GB, a 300 MHz processing difference, the wireless charging which barely anyone uses anyway, and a 1.5GB difference in internal storage, which is barely anything when SD cards are an option. They both shoot in 4K, however, Xperia's sensor is larger, making it closer to "true" 4k. Speaking of 4k, Xperia has a near 4k resolution display, which barely takes a toll on battery life since they beefed up the battery size for that very reason. Galaxy has optical image stabilization, which isn't much of an advantage since Xperia has digital
image stabilization. Both have fingerprint sensors and the same IP rating. I think the greatest aspect of buying the Z5 Premium is the camera and the price, and the fact that what your camera shoots is more accurately displayed, so if a good camera is what you're really looking for, go with Sony. I agree, Sony does deserve more recognition and sales for their work.
Btw I loved that review of the Z5 Premium