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Top 5 Compact smartphones available for purchase in 2018

21 December 2018 6

Almost every smartphone manufacturer unveiled their new smartphones in the last few months. There are tons of new options ranging from flagships, mid-rangers, bezel-less and compact smartphones.

No doubt the smartphones with the large display are more attractive and also there are a number of perks of having a smartphone with a large screen especially if you like to read and watch movies on your smartphones. We also have to admit that compact smartphones are not the practically perfect choice because it's not an easy task to hold and use the smartphone above 5.2-inches with a single hand

Although now customers are now shifting towards larger display smartphones that don't mean there are no buyers in the market who prefer smaller display smartphones. Unfortunately these compact devices are not as powerful as the flagship ones but still, they have more than enough hardware to complete daily tasks with ease.

Buyers are also found of bigger is better but in today's listing, we will prove that you always not have to compromise on screen if you are looking for a good daily driver. The smartphones in the compact listing can easily fit in user's palm and bring all perks what you can expect from a full-fledged flagship device. 

Unfortunately, so far in 2018, none of the smartphone manufacturers opted to bring compact devices. At the moment, the best compact smartphone option is iPhone SE, however, there are plenty of options available for Android fans as well. Today we enlist top 5 best compact smartphones which are worth buying if you are looking for a smartphone which brings luxury in a small package.

67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm
4 inches - 1136x640 px
65 x 135 x 12.1 mm
5 inches - 2160x1080 px
69.7 x 145.7 x 7.8 mm
5 inches - 1920x1080 px
66.2 x 135.4 x 7.9 mm
4.7 inches - 1280x720 px
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Apple iPhone 8

The latest flagship from Cupertino giant is also a compact device as its display size is way below than 5-inches. If we consider the price tag, the iPhone SE certainly becomes one of the best compact smartphone options but if you don’t have issues spending more bucks then for sure iPhone 8  is the best compact smartphone packed with top-notch hardware and latest OS pre-installed out of the box.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is featuring a display of 750 x 1334 pixels with the pixel per inch is 326. Apple yet to shift to OLED display for the standard iPhones that’s why new iPhone 8 has LCD display. The Hexa-core A11 Bionic Soc is powering the handset with 2GB RAM. The device built-in internal memory of base variant is 64GB. However, it can’t be expanded but there is the option of top models with higher internal storage.

Apple iPhone 8 rear camera snapper is 12MP with OIS, the single LED flash, and aperture size is f/1.8. It can record video of 4k quality. On the front facing side, the camera sensor is 7MP. To keep the aforementioned machinery running, the company packed the device with a 1821mAH battery cell. The best thing about this year iPhone 8 lineup is its water and dust resistance capabilities.  The iPhone 8 is the company's first smartphone which supports wireless charging. This year once again Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Specs iPhone 8
Display 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 750 x 1334 pixels
Chipset A11 Bionic
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 7MP
Battery 1,821mAh
OS iOS11
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP67 Yes
Fingerprint Front
Apple iPhone SE

Back in March, the Cupertino giant unveiled a new iPhone SE which was featuring a 4-inch display and according to the company the device replaced the iPhone 5s. At the announcement event, the company product marketing head Greg stated Apple sold nearly 30 million 4-inch devices that’s why they expect still buyers are looking to have a compact smartphone with the 4-inch display.

The iPhone SE 4-inch display has screen resolution 640 by 1136 pixels. Apple’s customized A9 Soc is powering the handset with 2GB RAM. In terms of performance, the device is as powerful as iPhone 6S. The device rear camera module is 12MP while the front facing camera is just 1.2MP while is of quite low quality as we all know currently entry-level smartphones have the 5MP sensor on the front facing side. The device was pre-installed with iOS 9.3 but later on updated to next iOS iterations. The device supports LTE network with a speed up to 150mbps. Despite being a compact, it still supports Apple Pay feature.  

There are two variants of iPhone SE, One with a 16GB internal storage it cost $399 whereas there is a 64GB variant which is slightly costlier at $499. The iPhone SE measurements are 123.80 x 58.60 x 7.66mm and weigh 113 grams only.

Specs iPhone SE
Display 4-inches
Screen resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
Chipset  A9
Storage 32, 64GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 1.2MP
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
Battery 1,642mAh


Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony announced the Xperia XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018, the device was unveiled alongside the premium flagship XZ2. The XZ2 Compact is the company's first smartphone with new Ambient flow design. Sony brought XZ2 Compact with 2:1 display. The chassis is made up of metal with polycarbonate cover is on the rear side.

The XZ2 Compact features a fingerprint scanner and also it is water and dust resistant. The best thing is it is running on the latest hardware like the larger sibling. Those who want flagship phone with smaller display, for sure they can consider XZ2 Compact.

The device is packed with a 5-inch HD display. The screen resolution of the display is 1080 x 2160 pixels. The Qualcomm’s Octa-core chipset Snapdragon 845 is powering the handset with 4GB RAM. The device internal memory is 64GB, and it can be expanded using an external MicroSD card.

On the rear side, the Sony’s latest compact device has  Sony’s own 19MP Motion Eye which was announced with the Xperia XZ Premium. It can record 4K quality videos but also it will be bringing slow-motion video recording at 960fps. The front facing camera module is 5MP.

Specs Xperia XZ2 Compact
Display 5.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 19MP
Front camera 5MP
IP68 Yes
OS Android Oreo
fingerprint Yes
USB Type-C
Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 is the Google's latest offering with the compact design. The device is bringing just everything what you can expect from a latest powerful smartphone with the compact body. Undoubtedly it is one of the best Android smartphone available in the market. The Pixel 2  is featuring a 5.0-inches OLED display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 so it doesn't have the futuristic design like most of latest smartphones. The display pixels density is 441 pixels-per-inch. 

Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device with DDR4 4GB RAM. On the basis of storage, there are two variants with 64GB and 128GB memory. Its native storage isn't further expandable using MicroSD. If you are an avid photographer the Pixel 2 comes with a 12.2MP rear snapper whereas the selfie camera on the front is 8MP. As per DxOMark ratings, the Pixel 2 features the best camera in the market with an impressive 98 scores. Despite having single snappers on front and rear it provides portrait mode for both the cameras. The Pixel 2 features a smaller display with a small battery cell which easily lasts one day on a single charge.

Specs Pixel 2
Display 5.0-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 2,700mAh
OS Android Oreo
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP67 Yes
Fingerprint Rear
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017

This year Samsung didn't bring new A3 phone but the last year's A3 is still one of the powerful compact phone available in the market. The Galaxy A3 will certainly attract those who yet not adopted the latest bezel-less trend and still wants to have a phone with significant bezels and also a physical home button. 

The Galaxy A3 2017 is one of the last mid-range phones from Samsung with the form factor of older phones. Like most of the last phones, it features metal chassis with glass on the rear side. The best thing is it is an IP68 certified phone which provides resistance against 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. This is certainly one of the key selling aspects of this mid-range.

The Galaxy A3 sports a 4.7-inches display panel with an HD screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. Under the hood, the Exynos 7870 SoC is powering the phone with max clocking at 1.6Ghz and 2GB RAM. It has a fingerprint scanner embedded under the physical home button. The rear side has 13MP sensor f/1.9 aperture whereas the selfie snapper is 8MP. A 2,350mAH battery is on board to keep its lights on.  It was announced with Android Marshmallow but the company rolled out Android Nougat and Android Oreo updates. 

Specs Galaxy A3 2017
Display 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Chipset Exynos 7870
Storage 16GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 13MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 2,350mAh
IP68 Yes



For sure compact smartphone lovers have different options but making a decision to purchase anyone of it based on a number of aspects. In our top 5 compact smartphones list, there are two devices running on iOS and other three are powered by Android OS. So the first deciding aspect will be device OS and the second will be its price tag.

The two iOS running options have two different price ranges, if you are willing to pay above $600 mark and wants a compact device then iPhone 8 will be your choice, on the other hand, if you are looking for an affordable and yet latest iOS compact device, your decision will go in favor of iPhone SE. . 

The devices enlisted are placed in order, so in our view despite being expensive Apple iPhone 8 is in top place in compact smartphones of 2018. The Galaxy A3 2017 isn't the latest mid-range phone but still, it is packed with one of the best mid-range hardware and above all the IP68 certification gives it an upper hand on its competitors.

 We would like to hear our readers views in the comments section below regarding which compact smartphone they would like to purchase and why? Also if you do feel we missed any best compact smartphone available for purchase, feel free to mention it below.

(last update 22 January 2019 @ 15:49)



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      • I guess, both Sony devices in this list are fit to be termed as compact devices at least. Both have 4.6-inches screen and carry more or less the same dimensions too. It's second only to iPhone SE.

        • Yeah, most of the compact phones these days carry screens with less than 5-inches. It however, looks hard to term the iPhone 7 as a compact phone, as it is one of the best flagships available today.

            • That's because, it has a screen size of less than 5 inches. But that could also be because of the fact that it only carries 2GB of RAM, which is certainly not becoming of an iPhone.

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