We may earn a commission if you make a purchase from the links on this page.

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

Until not long ago, we thought the era of compact flagship phones is over. But this year, they made a surprising comeback. The iPhone 12 mini is the smallest iPhone Apple is offering right now, beating even the iPhone SE for that title. Thanks to its thin bezels and flat-edge design, you’re getting as much screen as possible within a very compact body. And what’s even better is that unlike last year, when the smallest iPhone 11 Pro was on the pricey side, this year, the iPhone 12 Mini is the cheapest from the four iPhone 12 models at $699. That’s not sacrificing much in terms of specs, however. You still get Apple’s A14 chip and the same dual-camera system as that on the iPhone 12. When it comes to size and performance, nothing beats the iPhone 12 Mini right now, which is probably the fastest compact phone you can get. 

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

Google also surprised us with a phone that was smaller than expected. No Pixel 5 XL this year, instead, we get a nice, compact phones with no thick top bezel for maximum screen real estate. The downside is that it doesn’t have the fastest Snapdragon processor inside and although its price is lower, it’s perhaps not as low as it should be compared to the competition on the Android side of the smartphone market. Comes with the same main sensor as the Pixel 4 but ditches the telephoto camera for an ultra-wide-angle one. Regardless, camera performance is still among the best in the business.

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

Samsung had a tough time peddling the Galaxy S20 series, so the Galaxy S21 had a tough task in tow. From the looks of it, the Galaxy S21 fixes all the wrongs of the Galaxy S20 and is about to reistablish itself as a smash hit. With a slightly refreshed design that thoroughly ditches the curved design, new colors in tow, and top-notch performance

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.