If you are looking for a small mobile, but at the same time powerful, cheap or with some special feature, in this list we show you the best small and compact mobile phones in the market . We will consider smartphones with less than 5.2 “, although the truth is most 5” or less.

The size of smartphones has increased over time , and today, most have 5.5 “, a size that was considered years ago as Phablet (Tablet + Phone). You can have many reasons to prefer a small mobile: to be able to use it with only one hand, transport facilities or simply because you like it.

We have divided our list into 3 different price categories: € 200; € 400 and range caps. If you have any questions about which one is best for you, or if you need to see more options, you can see our lists of:

Comparison of the Best Small Mobile Phones

4 inches 4.6 inches 4.7 inches 5.1 inches
Terminal iPhone SE Xperia X Compact iPhone 7 Samsung Galaxy S7
Processor Apple A9 Snapdragon 650 Apple A10 Snapdragon 835
RAM 2 GB 3 GB 2 GB 4GB
ROM 16 GB 32 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Battery 1,624 mAh 2,700 mAh 1,960 mAh 3,000 mAh
System iOS 10 Android 7.0 iOS 10 Android 7.0
Price Amazon
€ 296
Amazon
€ 259
Amazon
€ 559
Amazon
€ 377

Small mobile phones of 4 inches

iPhone SE

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.0 inches HD;
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 1.2 MP;
  • Processor : Apple A9;
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16 GB / 32 GB / 64 GB;
  • Battery : 1,624 mAh;
  • Firmware : IOS 10
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader.

If you do not mind using a system other than Android, then you should give this iPhone a chance, which has a small 4-inch screen with a resolution a bit lower than HD. In short, a very small mobile.

Bring iOS 9 that you can upgrade to iOS 10. Its processor is the Apple A10, which is accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. Your camera for selfies leaves much to be desired with only 1.2 MP, but the back is at least 12 MP. The ability to record at 2160p at 30fps can compensate for what is lacking in optics for this device.

Although it may seem that your performance is very low, in iOS works great, and you will have no problem running apps.


NOTE

There are other terminals on the market with 4-inch screens, however, they do not compensate. They have just 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and other specifications of the age of the stone. The only 4-inch mobile that is really worthwhile is the iPhone SE. All the others are old and will only give you headaches.


Small mobile of 4.5 inches

iPhone 8

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.7 inches Retina Display with True Tone
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 7 MP;
  • Processor : Apple A11 Bionic;
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 64 GB / 256 GB;
  • Battery : 1,821 mAh with fast and wireless charging.
  • Firmware : IOS 11
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader, Touch 3D, Bluetooth 5.0

Although it is called iPhone 8, it is basically an iPhone 7s. The only thing that changes in relation to its design is the glass back cover, which allows wireless charging, but also transforms the terminal into something more fragile.

The iPhone 8 has a 4.7 “screen that may look identical to the previous one, but it has True Tone. The biggest differences are in its processor, which is the most powerful in the market, in its rear camera that can record more fps thanks to its new processor and connectivity that now has Bluetooth 5.0.

iPhone 7

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.7 inches Retina Display
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 7 MP;
  • Processor : Apple A10 Fusion;
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB;
  • Battery : 1,960 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : IOS 10
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader, Touch 3D.

We add another Apple device to the list. This time it’s the iPhone 7, which we’re sure you’ve heard him name just because. With an elegant design and its resistance to water, it is the first iPhone that innovates in this area. It is a small smartphone, since it has a spectacular 4.7-inch screen, but no better than AMOLED.

It has the latest Apple processor, the A10 Fusion and 2 GB of RAM. You do not need to worry about storage because You can choose between 32GB, 128GB and up to 256GB. Your camera has also improved a lot. The worst thing is maybe your battery, which will last you for a day of use.

Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.7 inches AMOLED HD
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : Exynos 7870;
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16 GB;
  • Battery : 2,350 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android Marshmallow 6.0.1
  • Other characteristics : IP68, NFC, fingerprint sensor and USB Type C

Samsung’s bet for the mid-range has not been the best in recent years, but this version of the A3 2017 is different. In this case we have an excellent AMOLED screen, a decent Exynos processor and many extras: NFC, fingerprint reader, FM radio, microSD reader, USB type C … In short, it is a very complete mobile.

The only real criticism is regarding its storage of only 16 GB and 2 GB RAM. Eye, that for the moment is capable of being enough, but in a year not. That’s why, if you want a smartphone with a decent camera and a screen with good colors and many extras, this Galaxy is a good choice of a small mobile. But if you want something more powerful and that lasts a little longer, there are other better options.

Sony Xperia X Compact

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.6 inches HD;
  • Cameras : 23 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 650;
  • Memory RAM : 3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 2,700 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, upgradeable to Android Nougat
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint sensor, USB Type C and radio.

The most square mobile of the list is this one. With all the new devices tending to be curved, Sony knows that users are still looking for different and small devices. Its 4.6 “screen leaves it in evidence.

It brings the Snapdragon 650 six-core, 3 GB of RAM and still a storage of 32 GB that can be expanded by microSD cards. Its rear camera also promises good results, thanks to its 23 MP sensor. It has USB Type C and a slightly small battery of 2,700 mAh barely.

Blackview BV6000

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.7 inches HD with Gorilla Glass 3;
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : MediaTek MTK6755
  • Memory RAM : 3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 4,200 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Other characteristics : IP68, NFC, Dual SIM,

This Blackview is the cheap version of the CatS60 that costs € 567 on Amazon . It is a 4-inch mobile, but we can not say that it is very compact, once its thick construction protects it against all types of impacts, dampness or damage it encounters.

If you need a “small” and very strong smartphone, this Blackview is a good option. It has 3 GB of RAM, a large 4,200 mAh battery and a MediaTek processor that will allow you to run most of the apps without any problems.

Alcatel One Touch Idol 3

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Specifications
  • screen : 4.7 inches HD;
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 410;
  • Memory RAM : 1.5 GB;
  • Storage internal : 8 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 2,910 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, upgradeable to Android Nougat
  • Other characteristics : FM Radio,

Alcatel launched this terminal in 2015, and during that year it was one of the best without a doubt. The following year I released the Idol 4, but the size of its screen increased significantly, so we are not interested in this list.

The Idol 3 is a terminal with an old hardware, so it is not the most recommended for the most demanding. Yes, it is very complete: good sound and screen, FM radio, NFC and a 2910 mAh battery. Your camera is not bad either, but it is not as good as to recommend it: there are better ones for the same price.

It is not our first choice, especially because its performance does not match its price. In our opinion, this terminal should cost about € 140, once the Idol 4 costs less. Even so, if you like your design or you get the terminal at a lower price, it can be a compact option to consider.


Small mobile phones of 5 inches

Xiaomi Mi 6

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Specifications
  • screen : 5.15 “FHD with Gorilla Glass 4
  • Cameras : 12 MP + 12 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor Snapdragon 835
  • Memory RAM : 6 GB;
  • Storage internal : 64/128 GB;
  • Battery : 3,350 mAh + fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android 7.1
  • Other characteristics : Dual SIM, Fingerprint Reader, NFC and USB Type-C.

Launched last year, this Xiaomi still remains one of the best of the moment. With a 5.15 “screen without side edges, the Mi 6 is a compact phone that you can store in any bag with ease, as well as use with just one hand.

It is a high-end in every sense of the word: Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM, NFC, USB C, dual rear camera … Anyway, with this mobile you have more than enough if what you need is also something powerful .

Aquaris X Pro

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Specifications
  • screen : 5.2 “FHD (1080 x 1920 – 423ppi) with Quantum Color +;
  • Cameras : 16 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 626;
  • Memory RAM : 3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 32GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 3,100 mAh + fast charge 3.0;
  • Firmware : Android Nougat 8
  • Other characteristics : NFC, Glonass + Galileo GPS, Fingerprint reader, USB Type C

BQ is a Spanish company that has many terminals with 5.2 “screens. The good thing about their phones is that they are quite balanced: they tend to have a good screen thanks to the Quantum Color + technology, good performance, good battery and are also usually updated to the latest versions of Android.

The X Pro version is the most powerful of the brand, but if you are looking for something cheaper, you also have the BQ Aquaris U2 or the new BQ Aquaris VS , both mid / low range terminals with Snapdragon 400 processors.

Honor 9

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Specifications
  • screen : 5.2 “FHD
  • Cameras : 20 MP + 12 MP and 16 MP;
  • Processor : Kirin 960
  • Memory RAM : 4GB ;
  • Storage internal : 64 GB;
  • Battery : 3,200 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android 7.1
  • Other characteristics : Dual SIM, Fast Charge, Fingerprint Reader and USB Type-C.

The Honor 9 is a small innovation in relation to Honor 8 , which is also on our list and costs € 100 less. In addition to its compact design, what most strikes us is its rear camera, which is among the best of the mid-range smartphones .

If you want a high-end smartphone, but you do not want to pay high prices, then Honor 9 is the mobile you need.

Samsung Galaxy S7

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Specifications
  • screen : AMOLED 5.1 inches QHD
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890;
  • Memory RAM : 4GB ;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB / 64 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 3,000 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Nougat;
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader,

At last a Samsung mobile that fits within the small and good specifications of our list. The Galaxy S7 may be a model that already has more than a year, but that does not exclude it from being on our list. With a 5.1-inch screen and a QHD AMOLED resolution, we can say that it is one of the best.

In relation to your performance, you have nothing to worry about. It is one of the most complete smartphones that you can find in this list, and in addition, it is water resistant, a feature that we see more and more in range top smartphones.

Google Pixel 2

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Specifications
  • screen : AMOLED 5.0 ​​inches FHD
  • Cameras : 12.2 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 835;
  • Memory RAM : 4GB ;
  • Storage internal : 64 GB / 128 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 2,700 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Oreo
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader, USB Type C, IP67

The Google Pixel 2 with a 5 “screen has not yet been released in Spain, but that does not mean it should not be on this list. The Pixel 2 is very similar to the previous one, however, it brings a better processor, a great camera and also more powerful speakers.

Google Pixel

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Specifications
  • screen : AMOLED 5.0 ​​inches FHD
  • Cameras : 12.3 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 821;
  • Memory RAM : 4GB ;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB / 128 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 2,770 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Oreo
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint reader, USB Type C.

If the second version of the Pixel is too expensive for you, you always have the first, which continues to be great. With a screen of just 5 “, it is one of the best small mobile phones in the market. In addition, the quality of the screen is great, thanks to its AMOLED panel.

Being from Google, it takes Android Oreo, and will always be the first to receive updates. Inside we find the Snapdragon 821, 4 GB of RAM and internal storage of 32 GB or 128 GB. If this is not enough, we can also tell you that it has one of the best cameras of the moment, has USB Type C and a 2,700 mAh battery with fast charge.

Honor 8

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Specifications
  • screen : 5.2 inches FHD
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : Huawei Kirin 950;
  • Memory RAM : 4GB ;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB / 64GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 3,000 mAh with fast charge;
  • Firmware : Android Marshmallow 6.0.1, upgradeable to Android Nougat
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint sensor, USB Type C.

Huawei is another company that has always been trying to compete with the best-known brands. The Honor 8 with its Beautiful design and 5.2 inch Full HD screen , it’s going in a good way. Perhaps its size is bigger than you want, but I assure you that its ergonomics is like that of a small mobile phone.

Within the Honor 8 we find a HiSilicon Kirin 950 eight-core processor. It comes with Android Marshmallow and you can update it to Nougat. You will only have to choose two versions in which only internal storage varies, both come with 4 GB of RAM, either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. Its rear camera is dual (12 MP) and the front is 8MP. It comes with USB Type C and a 3,000 mAh battery.

You can see our review in this link .

Xiaomi Mi 5S

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Specifications
  • screen : 5.15 inches FHD (1080 x 1920 – 423 ppi);
  • Cameras : 12 MP and 4 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 821;
  • Memory RAM : 3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 64 GB;
  • Battery : 3,200 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android Marshmallow 6.0. (MIUI)
  • Other characteristics : NFC, fingerprint sensor and fast charge, USB Type C

This Xiaomi model is exactly 5.1 inches and its body is made of aluminum with an elegant curved touch and very soft to the touch. The screen is Full HD as expected and barely weighs 145g. It is an ideal choice among small mobiles.

Inside it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, which will do what you need and a little more. You can choose between the following variants:

  • 64GB of storage with 3GB of RAM.
  • 128GB of storage with 4GB of RAM.

Remember that it does not have a microSD card reader. It is a very complete smartphone, and that in relation to the Mi 5, it has improved its camera, screen and also the battery. However, if you want something even cheaper, you have the Mi 5.

Moto G5

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Specifications
  • screen : 5 inches FHD (1080 x 1920 – 441 ppi);
  • Cameras : 13MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : Snapdragon 430;
  • Memory RAM : 2/3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 2,800 mAh with turbo charge;
  • Firmware : Android Nougat 7.0,
  • Other characteristics : NFC, Fingerprint reader, Dual SIM.

Motorola has always been a brand of trust and that has launched small mobiles that have been easy to use for all users. Maybe it is not the most popular brand, but it is reliable and the design of most of its devices is very comfortable. The Moto G5 is a compact mobile with a 5-inch screen and a more premium finish than the G4.

Its performance is not the best in the market for this price, but it is more than enough for many people. It has a large 2,800 mAh battery, fingerprint reader and still capacity for two SIM cards.

They also have the G5S version with some improvements, but its screen is a bit bigger – 5.2 “.

ASUS Zenfone 4 Max

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Specifications
  • screen : Super AMOLED 5.2 “FHD
  • Cameras : They vary depending on the model
  • Processor : Snapdragon 425/430
  • Memory RAM : 3/4 GB;
  • Storage internal : 32 GB + microSD;
  • Battery : 5,000 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Other characteristics : Dual SIM, Fast Charge, Fingerprint Reader, FM Radio

If besides the size, the battery life and the screen you are worried, with this ASUS you will not go wrong. It has a large 5,000 mAh battery that together with its low-end processor, will allow you to use it for two days (or more) without problems.

Sony Xperia XA

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Specifications
  • screen : IPS 5 inches HD
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 8 MP;
  • Processor : MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16 GB + MicroSD up to 128 GB;
  • Battery : 2,300 mAh with fast charge
  • Firmware : Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, upgradeable to Android Nougat;

It is very likely that you have at least one Sony device in your home. Whether it’s a headset or maybe your TV. The Sony Xperia XA is one of the best small mobile phones, not only because of its small size, but also because of its attractive design. Its screen is 5 inches, although the resolution is somewhat low, only 720 x 1080 (HD).

It has Android Marshmallow, although You will be able to update it to Nougat in the future. It comes with a Mediatek P10 eight-core processor at 2.0 GHz. Its internal memory is only 16 GB and comes with a 2 GB RAM. The rear camera is 13MP and the front 8MP. You would probably choose it if you are a photography lover. Its biggest negative point: the 2,300 mAh battery.

Nokia 3

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Specifications
  • screen : IPS 5 “HD;
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : MediaTek MTK 6737
  • Memory RAM : 2 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16 GB + MicroSD up to 256 GB;
  • Battery : 2630 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android 7.0 Nougat;
  • Other characteristics : Dual SIM

A recent and quite low-end mobile is this Nokia 3. Its design is quite traditional, but its construction is very good. It is not the most powerful smartphone of the brand, but it is the smallest and cheapest they have.

Xiaomi Redmi 4X

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Specifications
  • screen : IPS 5 inches HD (720 x 1280 – 403 ppi);
  • Cameras : 13 MP and 5 MP;
  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 435;
  • Memory RAM : 2/3 GB;
  • Storage internal : 16/32 GB + MicroSD up to 256 GB;
  • Battery : 4,100 mAh;
  • Firmware : Android 6.0 Marshmallow;
  • Other characteristics : Dual SIM, Fingerprint Reader

Another small Xiaomi mobile with a 5-inch screen and different colors to choose from. As for the system, it comes with Android Marshmallow, but you can update it to Nougat. Its processor is not that powerful but it does the job: a Snapdragon 435 with eight cores at 1.4 GHz.

You can choose between two models: 16GB of storage with 2GB of RAM; or 32GB of storage with 3GB of RAM. We recommend the first, which is cheaper. The camera for selfies is 5 MP, while the rear reaches 13MP. At least your battery will last a long time, with 4,100 mAh you can watch quite a few videos on YouTube for a while.

You also have the Xiaomi Redmi 5A that was launched later, but in reality it is a little worse than this.


So we conclude this list of the best small mobiles. We hope you have been helpful in deciding. Remember to leave us your comments and experiences below.

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