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The best compact smartphones

Modern flagships have at their disposal at least a 5.5-inch screen. This makes the device too big. And if you also pack it in a carrying case, you’ll have a real giant. In 2019, finding a compact smartphone is hard and even more so with decent parameters, so the only representatives of the market with relatively small dimensions are listed below.

In the mid-2000s, smartphones delighted with their minimalism. They had a comfortable keyboard, a small screen and ... everything. And modern devices are crammed with all sorts of sensors, processors and capacious battery. Manufacturers also seek to ensure that the user can comfortably watch movies and videos, increasing for this display diagonal. But if a person does not need it? If he does not want to watch the video, wanting instead to get his hands on a small smartphone? In this case, you will have to seriously work, starting to search for a decent copy. Believe me, there are very few of these, and to reduce the size, manufacturers have to save a lot on components.

Senseit R500

  • Dimensions: 75 x 145 x 10.8 mm
  • Display: 4.7 inches, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels

Price: from 4 490 rubles.

The 2018 model from the Senseit brand is the simplest smartphone with several positive features and an extremely low price. It is hardly suitable for everyday use for people who are aimed at maximum opportunities, but as a working option or for a child will become a good device.

The device received a small display with a decent resolution for its size - HD. The manufacturer did not chase the design, elongated screen, but offered to customers the protection of IP68 standard. For some users, this is a very relevant moment, especially if the smartphone is designed to work.

The device received simple cameras - 8 and 2 Mp. There is no sense in waiting for high-quality photos from them, but it’s quite enough to make simple pictures or chat over video calls. The built-in drive is 16 GB, which is nice enough, considering the dislike of most manufacturers, to put more than 8 GB of main memory in the simplest phones. Additionally, you can add a MicroSD, although the slot is combined with a SIM card, so you have to choose which is more important. Performance - MediaTek MT6737 with four 1.3 GHz cores. RAM - 1 GB. Battery - 3000 mAh.


  • High resolution with a diagonal.
  • A decent amount of main memory, taking into account the price.
  • IP68 protection.


  • When the mobile Internet is turned on, the battery quickly sits down.
  • Slot for microSD combo.
  • Old OS - Android 7.1.

Alcatel 1C 5003D (2019)

  • Dimensions: 65.3 x 136.6 x 9.95 mm
  • Display: 4.95 inches, IPS, 960 x 480 pixels

Price: from 4 690 rubles.

New from Alcatel in some moments inferior to the previous device, but wins at the expense of appearance. In this case, the company took into account the trend of 2018 on the elongated screens and offered a rather large display of 18: 9 , but in a compact package. At the same time, the manufacturer saved and made the resolution small, probably to save a small battery, whose capacity was 2000 mAh.

The model has mediocre cameras - 5 and 2 Mp, a weak stuffing - Spreadtrum SC7731E chipset, 1/8 GB. All this does not imply any kind of multi-tasking work or workload, but for the simplest actions of the device it will be enough. To minimize the braking of weak hardware, the manufacturer installed Android 8.1 OS on its gadget.


  • Modern elongated display.
  • Actual OS designed for easy configuration.


  • Weak hardware.
  • No LTE support.
  • Battery weak.
  • Low resolution display.

Nokia 1

  • Dimensions: 67.78 x 133.6 x 9, 5 mm
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS, 854 x 480 pixels

Price: from 4 400 rubles.

Another representative of the budget segment, but from a company that has earned trust and was once a giant in the smartphone market. Recently, Nokia, having overcome all difficulties, has begun to release content interesting models. The most affordable gadget of the Finnish brand does not claim to be productive and received a rather mediocre stuffing based on the MediaTek MT6737M chipset and a memory combination - 1/8 GB. The device is designed to perform everyday simple tasks - calls, sms, surfing, instant messengers.

In Nokia 1, the company will partly return to the idea of ​​the Lumia line - removable panels of different colors of plastic. For a cheap phone, the solution is excellent. In this case, under the cover there was a place for two SIM cards and memory, which is important given the small native drive. Camera - 5 and 2 megapixel, you can make simple shots. The battery is not the most capacious - 2150 mAh, but for a working day if the device does not load it enough. However, it is removable, making it possible to replace it.


  • The current Android Oreo Go system designed for devices with weak hardware.
  • Bright design with the ability to change the panel.
  • Loud speaker.
  • Removable battery.
  • Separate memory card slot.


  • Weak hardware.

Black Fox B4 mini NFC

  • Dimensions: 65.7 x 138 x 9.6 mm
  • Display: 4.95 inches, IPS, 960 x 480 pixels

Price: from 5 490 rubles.

In an era of high competition, manufacturers have to go to different tricks to highlight their device against the background of numerous smartphones of other brands. This gadget does not offer the user anything of interest from the point of view of iron, but also has NFC . For those who want to pay in stores with a smartphone, but does not need an expensive phone, this device is an excellent choice.

In addition, the device received an elongated display of 18: 9, due to which the diagonal turned out to be almost 5 inches, and the body remained compact. Cameras - 5 and 2 Mp. Performance - MediaTek MT6739. Memory - 1/8 GB. There is a slot for a memory card. It is located separately from the SIM cards, which definitely pleases. Taking into account the possibility of paying for purchases in a contactless way by means of NFC, the manufacturer installed fingerprint protection on the phone. Battery - 2000 mAh. The operating system is Android 8.0.


  • Modern screen with bangs.
  • An interesting look.
  • NFC support.
  • Fingerprint protection.
  • Separate memory slot.


  • Weak stuffing.

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

  • Dimensions: 65 x 129 x 9.3 mm
  • Display: 4.5 inches, IPS, 1280 x 720 pixels

Price: from 18 720 rubles.

Device from the company Sony released in mid-2017. At the same time, for those who need performance and a small display, in 2019 it is also the best, if not the only option. The model received a plastic case with a metal frame, which increases durability and makes the gadget ergonomic. IPS matrix with good resolution for its size. The display closes the glass Gorilla Glass 5.

The device works on Snapdragon 835 , which provides excellent multitasking and performance. Memory - 4/32 GB. There is moisture protection according to IP68 standard, which has always been a distinctive feature of a Japanese company. A high-quality 19 megapixel camera copes with any shooting conditions and can make Slo-mo 960 fps movies. The front module of 8 megapixels is equipped with 3D facial modeling function. The mode is more entertaining than really useful.

Battery - 2700 mAh. The indicator is modest, but this is not a minus, as Stamina's proprietary energy-saving technology increases autonomy. There is support for fast charging - 30 minutes provide 50% battery capacity. The model received a fingerprint scanner and NFC chip. The operating system is Android 8.0.


  • Good iron.
  • High-quality photography and video.
  • Power saving mode Stamina compensates for a small battery capacity.
  • Excellent ergonomics.
  • Several bright colors.
  • NFC support.
  • IP68 moisture protection.


  • Taking into account the model year and the absence of competitors with a similar or close diagonal, there are no minuses.

Apple iPhone 8

  • Dimensions: 67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
  • Display: 4.7 inches, IPS, 1334 x 750 pixels

Price: from 39 600 rubles.

There is no special point in talking about Apple technology. Everyone has long known everything. The model is not new, but as a relatively compact smartphone is relevant. Traditionally, the apple brand from America offers excellent performance (even in older devices), the choice of built-in storage capacity, high-quality cameras, display, and assembly.

For those users who have not used Apple, it is worth noting that the iPhone 8, with all the above advantages, received IP67 moisture protection, an NFC chip and its own fast charging. The disadvantages of the device for those who are not a regular user of Apple or an ardent fan of the company will be the lack of a 3.5 connector, the inability to expand memory, a closed operating system (for new users it seems difficult compared to Android), support for only one SIM card, expensive branded accessories .


  • Excellent speed.
  • Stable operation of the OS.
  • Selection of modifications of the built-in memory.
  • Quick charge.
  • Moisture protection.
  • Quality camera.
  • There is NFC.


  • One sim card.
  • No headset jack.
  • Inconvenient (for beginners) OS.
  • Dear accessories.
  • Weak battery
  • High price.
Excluded from the selection

Vertex Impress Action

  • Dimensions : 73 x 134 x 13.9 mm
  • Display: 4 inches, IPS, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: from 8 730 rub.

A rare company will venture to release a smartphone with such a tiny display. Its diagonal here is only four inches! The resolution may seem low, but with such a diagonal it is enough - the pixels are almost invisible to the naked eye. With its very compact dimensions, the device weighs 173 grams. It seems surprising, until you find out about the presence of water protection. Another device is able to boast a protective glass Gorilla Glass 3, which is not always found in such inexpensive devices.


  • Presence of water protection;
  • Stable Android 5.1;
  • Two slots for SIM-cards;
  • A good screen, covered with protective glass;
  • Not very high cost;
  • A pretty good 8 megapixel camera;
  • LTE support.


  • The minimum amount of memory;
  • Silent volume when talking;
  • Decent weight.

Acer liquid

  • Dimensions: 64 x 115 x 13 mm
  • Display: 3.5 inches, TFT, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: from 8 190 rub.

Now mini-smartphones can be distinguished in a separate class. But Acer Liquid appeared even in those times when all models were compact, with very few exceptions. This is due to the fact that the device operates under the control of a very old version of Android. However, this does not prevent him from being in demand - even now the device is regularly bought. The diagonal of the screen installed here is only 3.5 inches. As a result, in terms of its dimensions, the smartphone is similar to the first devices from Apple. What is upsetting here is only the fact that the display is made using TFT technology, which is why the viewing angles were far from ideal. The remaining characteristics also do not shine. In short, Acer Liquid is a kind of replacement for a push-button phone, in terms of functionality, the smartphone went far from it.


  • Tiny sizes;
  • Good display resolution;
  • Attractive appearance;
  • There are proximity sensors and light;
  • High reliability;
  • Good sound in headphones.


  • Very little memory;
  • Single core processor;
  • Not the best viewing angles and color reproduction;
  • No 4G support;
  • Outdated version of the operating system.

Viking thor plus

  • Dimensions: 73 x 137 x 17 mm
  • Display: 4 inches, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: from 24 900 rubles.

When compact smartphones cease to be produced by large companies, little-known brands appear on the scene. Sometimes they get unremarkable devices, and sometimes something like the Viking Thor plus comes into the world. This device has not only minimal dimensions, but also full water protection. Also here there are rubber linings that allow the device not to be afraid of falling on a hard surface. Another noteworthy detail is the SOS button, which is usually found only in “grandmothers”. The 13-megapixel camera cannot be appreciated.


  • Mechanical buttons below the screen;
  • Not bad for such a diagonal display resolution;
  • Ability to install two SIM-cards;
  • Protection against water and shock;
  • There is an SOS button;
  • There are cameras with a resolution of 13 and 5 megapixels;
  • Large stock of operational and permanent memory;
  • There is a light indicator.


  • High price;
  • No LTE support;
  • Weighs 180 g

Ginzzu S4720

  • Dimensions: 67.8 x 140 x 8.2 mm
  • Display: 4.7 inches, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels

Price: from 7 990 rub.

At one time, devices with a 4.7-inch screen were considered very large. But now it is easy to say that such a device is compact. The product from the Chinese company Ginzzu for a small price offers a good display resolution and a 2400 mAh battery. But in order to achieve such characteristics, the manufacturer had to save on other components. For example, here the amount of operative and permanent memory has been strictly cut down (1 and 8 GB, respectively). Also, no surprise 8-megapixel camera. The lack of support for GLONASS is also disappointing, not to mention the impossibility of transmitting data through 4G networks. And yet the device is in demand. It seems that he likes the fact that there is nothing superfluous in it - only the basic functionality.


  • Not very high price;
  • HD display resolution;
  • Stable software;
  • Two slots for SIM-cards;
  • Attractive appearance.


  • No LTE support;
  • Low memory capacity;
  • Not the latest version of the operating system;
  • There are instances with idle GPS.

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

  • Dimensions: 64.7 x 127.3 x 8.99 mm
  • Display: 4.6 inches, IPS, 720 x 1280 pixels

Price: from 29 990 rubles.

It is possible that the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the best smartphone of small size. Judge for yourself: there is everything here that many of its competitors lack. For example, there is a 23-megapixel camera lens on the back panel, and an LCD display can please with a pixel density of 319 PPI! The device does not just support fourth-generation networks, it is also capable of transmitting data using the LTE-Advanced standard! Everything is in order here and with the other characteristics, which include an eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 2700 mAh battery. And here is a fingerprint sensor . In a word, the device will give odds to some flagships. And this despite the fact that it was announced in the fall of 2015!


  • Low weight (138 g);
  • 4G support;
  • Excellent rear camera;
  • Not forgotten FM-radio and other trifles;
  • High pixel density;
  • Powerful processor;
  • A large amount of permanent and RAM;
  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • The presence of water protection.


  • Not everyone can afford;
  • Strong heat when performing complex tasks.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

  • Dimensions: 66.2 x 135.4 x 7.9 mm
  • Display: 4.7 inches, Super AMOLED, 720 x 1280 pixels

Price: from 22 990 rub.

The best smartphones with a small screen should not only have impressive characteristics, but also work long enough. That is why in our selection can not include the product of the South Korean company Samsung . It is endowed with a screen created by technology Super AMOLED. So, each pixel here shines independently. Together with the energy saving system implemented here, this allows the use of a charger only once every two days. And there is water protection here - you will not be afraid to talk on the phone in the rain. Finally, it is impossible not to note the excellent 13-megapixel camera with f / 1.9 aperture - it creates bright images with rich colors.


  • Good cameras (13 and 8 Mp);
  • AMOLED screen with HD resolution;
  • Supports LTE-A and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
  • Very long working time;
  • Not the smallest amount of RAM (2 GB);
  • Stable operating system;
  • There is protection against water;
  • You can install two SIM cards;
  • There is a fingerprint sensor;
  • Introduced the function "always active screen";
  • Well working fast charge function.


  • Price is far from low;
  • Not a lot of permanent memory (16 GB).

LG K4 K130E

  • Dimensions: 66.7 x 131.9 x 8.9 mm
  • Display: 4.5 inches, TFT, 480 x 854 pixels

Price: from 6 990 rubles.

Good budget smartphones can produce not only Chinese companies. LG engineers took Nexus 4 as a basis and released a model called K4 K130E on its base. As a result, they turned out to be a compact device, running Android 5.1. This baby weighs only 120 g! Unlike the fourth "Nexus", there are two slots for SIM-cards and one place for a memory card. Got a smartphone and support for fourth-generation networks, than a joint project with Google could not boast. The buyer can only complain about the screen, which for some reason is made using outdated TFT technology, and the deteriorated camera.


  • It has an LTE module;
  • Cute design;
  • Two slots for SIM-cards;
  • Not the oldest version of Android;
  • Minimum weight;
  • Stable software.


  • The display was created using TFT technology;
  • The resolution of the main camera is only 5 MP;
  • The minimum amount of memory;
  • The processor could install and more powerful.

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

  • Dimensions: 69.3 x 132.6 x 8.9 mm
  • Display: 4.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 480 x 800 pixels

Price: from 6 990 rubles.

A few years ago, Samsung announced that soon it will gradually transfer all its smartphones to AMOLED screens. And it really happened - from now on, even very cheap Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) has such a display. As a result, the device stands out among the competitors with the color of the displayed image and the battery life. Other characteristics of the device are average. A simple 5-megapixel camera is installed here, and the amount of memory causes some pity. But here there is an LTE module that provides high-speed data transfer!


  • Low price;
  • Works in networks of the fourth generation;
  • Present AMOLED screen;
  • Two SIM slots;
  • Stable Android 5.1;
  • Low weight (131 g);
  • Приличное время автономной работы.


  • Всего 8 Гб постоянной и 1 Гб оперативной памяти;
  • Простейшие камеры;
  • Не очень высокое разрешение дисплея.

Huawei Y3 II LTE

  • Размеры: 66,7 x 134,18 x 9,9 мм
  • Дисплей: 4,5 дюйма, 480 x 854 пикселя

Цена: от 5 790 руб.

Huawei Y3 II LTE — это один из самых дешевых смартфонов среди оснащенных 4G-модулем. Пожалуй, это самый недорогой способ получения высокоскоростного доступа в глобальную паутину. Но на всех остальных комплектующих китайцы здорово сэкономили. Разрешение установленного здесь экрана — низкое, отдельные пиксели хорошо различимы. Объем оперативной памяти — ровно такой, какой нужен для стабильной работы Android 5.1 и не более того. Камера имеет пятимегапиксельное разрешение, из-за чего фотографировать ею совсем не хочется. И всё же смартфон заслуживает своё место в рейтинге, ведь за такие деньги ему можно простить многие грехи.


  • Присутствует поддержка LTE;
  • Очень низкая стоимость;
  • Стабильно функционирующая операционная система;
  • Присутствуют датчики освещенности и приближения;
  • Возможность установки двух SIM-карт;
  • Относительно небольшой вес (150 г);
  • Не самая старая версия Android.


  • Низкое разрешение экрана;
  • Простенькие камеры;
  • Нет поддержки ГЛОНАСС;
  • Мало памяти.

Apple iPhone SE

  • Размеры : 58,6 x 123,8 x 7,6 мм
  • Дисплей: 4 дюйма, IPS, 640 x 1136 пикселей

Цена: от 36 490 руб.

Компания Apple стремиться удовлетворить все потребности её поклонников. Именно поэтому на прилавках магазинов сейчас можно найти самые разные «айфоны». Некоторые из них смело можно называть фаблетами, тогда как другие всё ещё сохраняют компактный и стильный дизайн. В частности, Apple iPhone SE обладает 4-дюймовым экраном, благодаря чему большой палец легко дотягивается до любого элемента интерфейса. Корпус устройства создавался из стекла и алюминия. Весит этот девайс всего 113 г — меньше подавляющего большинства конкурентов на Андроиде. Разрешение дисплея сложно назвать низким, так как плотность пикселей достигает 326 PPI. Всё в порядке здесь и с беспроводными модулями. Словом, пожалеть потенциальный покупатель может только о цене — за технику Apple традиционно просят слишком много. Да и iOS накладывает некоторые ограничения, что тоже понравится далеко не всем.


  • Мощный процессор;
  • Приличное время автономной работы;
  • Поддерживаются LTE и Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
  • Неплохая 12-мегапиксельная камера;
  • Достаточно высокое разрешение экрана;
  • Минимальный вес;
  • Присутствует дактилоскопический датчик.


  • Нет слота для карты памяти;
  • Ценник понравится далеко не всем;
  • Плохая фронтальная камера.

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