Best Compact Smartphones in 2019: Reviews & Buying Guide

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Best Compact Smartphones

6-inch screens have become the norm in the smartphone market. Practical for watching videos on Netflix or stringing together parts of PUBG, they may be less for other uses of everyday life. Some devices still resist, such as some iPhone, Xiaomi, Samsung and other Google Pixel. Endangered species, we have gathered here the most compact smartphones on the market now.

In this buying guide, you will find the best compact smartphones with a small size, but that give the best of themselves.

Samsung Galaxy S10e: the premium experience in a small size

Samsung Galaxy S10e

Alongside the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, Samsung has added a third much more compact model to this new family: the Galaxy S10e. Totally borderless, it incorporates a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display (with a maximum Full HD resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels) in a format more than pleasant in hand thanks to its moderate dimensions. Indeed, with a template of 69.9 mm x 142.2 mm x 7.9 mm, your thumb can easily reach all corners of the screen without forcing.

Why choose the Samsung Galaxy S10e?

  • Its Dynamic AMOLED screen
  • High performance with the new Exynos 9820
  • The ultra-wide-angle mode of the camera

Specifications: Samsung Galaxy S10e

ModelSamsung Galaxy S10e
OS versionAndroid 9.0
Builder interfaceSamsung One UI
Screen size5.8 inches
Definition2280 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density438 dpi
TechnologySuper Amoled
SoCExynos 9820
Processor (CPU)ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)Mali-G76
RAM memory6 GB
Internal memory (flash)128 GB, 256 GB
MicroSDYes
Camera (backpack)Sensor 1: 12 MP
Sensor 2: 16 MP
Camera (front)10 MP
Video recording4K
WirelessWi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP + LE
networksLTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)USB Type-C
GeolocationYes
Drums3100 mAh
Dimensions69.9 x 142.2 x 7.9mm
Weight150 grams
ColorsPink, Yellow, White, Blue, Black, Green
Price$556.00

 

Google Pixel 3: the small photophone with great capabilities

Google Pixel 3

It must be said that it is relatively small (68.2 mm x 145.6 mm x 7.9 mm), completely devoid of notch and it runs under a sleek version of Android, always up to date. But the most impressive is of course its photo quality where it remains one of the best on the market, both with its main sensor and its double frontal module that makes exceptional selfies.

Why choose the Google Pixel 3?

  • IA + 12 megapixel photo sensor = photos of follies
  • For Android Stock and recurring updates
  • A smartphone with high-end performance

Specifications: Google Pixel 3

ModelGoogle Pixel 3
OS versionAndroid 9.0
Builder interfaceAndroid Stock
Screen size5.5 inches
Definition2160 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density443 dpi
TechnologyOLED
SoCSnapdragon 845
Processor (CPU)ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)Adreno 630
RAM memory4GB
Internal memory (flash)64 GB, 128 GB
MicroSDNo
Camera (backpack)12 MP
Camera (front)Sensor 1: 8 MP
Sensor 2: 8
Video recording4K
WirelessWi-Fi 5 (ac)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP + LE
networksLTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)USB Type-C
GeolocationYes
Drums2915 mAh
Dimensions68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9mm
Weight148 grams
ColorsPink, White, Black
Price$424.00

 

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: the compact version of a flagship

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE retains the overall design of its predecessor, but in a slightly more compact format. Indeed, the AMOLED display – always equipped with an optical impression sensor – offers a smaller diagonal (5.97 inches against 6.39 inches) and retains the same notch shaped teardrop. As a result, this lighter version of the Chinese flagship is nicer in hand, which is ideal for avoiding daily finger exercises.

Why move towards the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE?

  • More compact than his elder
  • Its AMOLED display equipped with an optical impression sensor
  • His honorable performances
  • Its fast charging system is particularly efficient

Specifications: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

ModelXiaomi Mi 9 SE
OS versionAndroid 9.0
Builder interfaceMIUI
Screen size5.97 inches
Definition2340 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density432 dpi
TechnologySuper Amoled
SoCSnapdragon 712
Processor (CPU)ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)Adreno 616
RAM memory6 GB
Internal memory (flash)64 GB, 128 GB
MicroSDNo
Camera (backpack)Sensor 1: 48 MP
Sensor 2: 13 MP
Sensor 3: 8 MP
Camera (front)20 MP
Video recording4K
WirelessWi-Fi 5 (a)
Bluetooth5.0 + A2DP + LE
networksLTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7), 700 MHz (B28)
NFCYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)USB Type-C
GeolocationYes
Drums3070 mAh
Dimensions70.5 x 147.5 x 7.5mm
Weight155 grams
ColorsGray, Blue, Purple
Price$324.99

 

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite: the low price, simply

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

Light version of Mi A2, this model “Lite” certainly has a data sheet more impoverished than its predecessor, but its format is much more pleasant in hand. First of all, its 5.86-inch screen is borderless – nevertheless with a notch – and adopts the 19: 9 format, which gives a more refined result than the 18: 9 ratio. Then, its size of 71.7 mm X 149.3 mm X 8.8 mm is in the vein of what is broadly proposed in this guide, but it is clear that it is heavier than its competitors (178 grams against 150 grams for the Galaxy S10e, for example).

Why do we recommend the Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite?

  • It’s very small price
  • Android One, interface more refined than MIUI
  • 5mm jack and  microSD slot

Specifications: Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite

ModelXiaomi Mi A2 Lite
OS versionAndroid 8.1
Builder interfaceAndroid Stock
Screen size5.84 inches
Definition2280 x 1080 pixels
Pixel density432 ppp
TechnologyIPS LCD
SoCSnapdragon 625
Processor (CPU)ARMv8
Graphics Chip (GPU)Adreno 506
RAM memory3 Go
Internal memory (flash)32 Go, 64 Go
MicroSDYes
Camera (backpack)Sensor 1: 12 MP
Sensor 2: 5 MP
Camera (front)5 MP
Video recording1080p
Wi-FiWi-Fi 4 (n)
Bluetooth4.2 + A2DP + LE
networksLTE, HSPA, GSM
Supported bands2100 MHz (B1), 800 MHz (B20), 1800 MHz (B3), 2600 MHz (B7)
NFCNon
Fingerprint sensorYes
Ports (Inputs / Outputs)microUSB
GeolocationYes
Drums4000 mAh
Dimensions71.7 x 149.3 x 8.8mm
Weight178 grams
ColorsPink, Red, Blue, Black, Gold
Price$169.99

 

 iPhone XS: the Apple alternative

iPhone XS

We can think what we want Apple, we must recognize that their smartphones have a most pleasant format (70.9 mm X 143.6 mm X 7.7 mm). The 5.8-inch OLED screen of the iPhone XS matches the borders of the smartphone, despite the presence of a large notch for the Face ID system.

The iPhone XS is a true racehorse, powered by the powerful A12 Bionic processor. We also note the presence of a powerful 12 megapixel dual sensor: one with telephoto (f / 2.4) and the other wide-angle (f / 1.8). This version has the distinction of having a SIM and eSIM port.

Why choose the iPhone XS?

  • One of the most beautiful screens on the market
  • Power in the palm of your hand
  • It’s a good alternative for Apple fans


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