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You’re probably wondering where all the small smartphones went. Once domineering the market, compact phones are slowly but steadily getting replaced by bigger handsets that don’t fit the bill of just anyone that easily. Apart from the occasional smaller-sized phone announced once in a blue moon, the majority of devices being released nowadays are larger than life and definitely don’t cater to folks with smaller hands or just those who prefer a good compact phone. Yet don’t think that small phones are going the way of the dodo – albeit scarce, they do exist. This year, we’re seeing a renaissance of the compact phones. That’s great news for fans of the small form-factor. To make things easier, we’ve rounded up the best small phones you can buy in 2020.What are the best small smartphones in 2020? Let’s explore!
Here are the best small/compact phones to buy in 2020:
Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
The new Apple iPhone SE comes with Apple’s 2019 chipset yet in the same retro body that we’ve seen with the iPhone 8. Not only is the new SE fast, it’s also pretty compact and affordable, but that comes at the expense of larger bezels and a dated design. Despite that, the up-to-date hardware inside makes the latest iPhones futureproof for a couple of years at the very least. If the price of the iPhone 12 Mini is too high for you, this is the next best thing if you’re looking for a small iPhone.
Google Pixel 5
Most importantly, however, you get that “pure” Android experience and cutting-edge AI features that Google is developing constantly. Not a bad package overall, especially since there aren’t that many compact Android phones these days.
Google Pixel 4a
This year’s budget Pixel is an all-around pleasant surprise. It undercuts the iPhone SE by $50 and while it has nowhere near that powerful of a chip, it has a large display with a punch-hole that makes the most of its compact body. But what’s best about the Pixel 4a is that Google has brought its computational photography wizardry to it, making it the best camera phone in its price category. Yes, there’s only one rear camera, far from the three or four that other similarly priced phones have, but the Pixel 4a makes it count where it matters: picture quality. And as with the pricier Pixel 4, you can expect your Pixel 4a to only get better over time thanks to the software updates Google will keep sending to it for years to come.
Samsung Galaxy S21
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Samsung Galaxy S20
The new Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display, but can be easily regarded as a compact phone in this climate. The Galaxy S20 has dimensions of 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 inches (151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm) and weighs 5.78 oz (163 gr), which make it rather easy to handle. Despite being compact, the Galaxy S20 doesn’t come with humble specs. Under the hood is Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990 chipset with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery. On the back is situated triple-camera setup: 12MP main sensor, one telephoto, and one ultra-wide camera.
Sony Xperia 10 II
When it comes to compact phones, Sony has often proved that it knows how to deliver. That’s the case with the fairly-new Sony Xperia 10 II. The Sony Xperia 10 II is a mid-range smartphone that offers a 6” OLED display, water and dust resistance, fingerprint scanner and a triple camera on the back. Under the hood, it’s powered by Snapdragon 665, 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. A 3600mAh battery powers the device, which is still a decent capacity although we’re starting to get spoiled with 4,000+ mAh batteries more often than not.