The smallest smartphones of 2020: top ranking

In this review we are talking about small smartphones. But what is a small smartphone? We decided to rely on the height of the device, which we will definitely indicate in the specifications for each smartphone. And do not be surprised that the review has a lot of not entirely new smartphones. The fact is that manufacturers have taken a course on increasing screens, so the dimensions of devices have grown significantly over the past few years.

Apple iPhone 7 32GB

Case height – 138.3 mm.

Compact flagship iPhone. And, it should be noted, relatively inexpensive – by the standards of Apple, of course. If you need a compact flagship, then there is no choice as such – you will have to consider the iPhone, albeit not the latest models.

iPhone 7 received a stylish metal case, an excellent 4.7-inch display, a really cool rear camera (single), a smart fingerprint sensor, IP67 water protection.

We note the quick operation of the system – thanks to Apple’s proprietary optimization.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1334 × 750
  • Weight: 138g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Apple A10 Fusion
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1960 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12 MP
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Apple iPhone 8 64GB

Case height – 138.4 mm.

A more modern model from Apple, which is called a new generation, but in fact the devices are too similar.

However, there is a serious difference between them. For example, a more modern Apple A11 Bionic chip is used here, the amount of available internal memory has increased, and the back cover is made of glass – and this is good, since it is possible to add support for wireless charging (there is also a fast one).

What might not like? Price, support for one SIM card and the lack of a memory card slot.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1334 × 750
  • Weight: 148g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1 821 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12 MP
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Memory card support: no

VERTEX Impress Click NFC

Case height – 139 mm.

Probably the cheapest smartphone on the market with NFC support, which you can use to pay for anything.

This low-cost ultra-budget device with a small 5-inch screen, MediaTek MT6580M chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM, a simple dual rear camera and a 2000 mAh battery.

4G networks are not supported.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 135g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6580M
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 5 / 0.3 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Alcatel 1

Case height – 137.6 mm.

Simple and compact smartphone from Alcatel. Probably one of the cheapest devices that has received support for 4G networks.

Screen size – 5 inches, low resolution – 960 × 480 pixels. There are two cameras, a 4-core MediaTek MT6739 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM.

The case is plastic, there are two shades to choose from.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 134g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6739
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ZTE Blade A3 (2019)

Case height – 137.3 mm.

Ultra budget from ZTE.

In many ways, the smartphone is similar to its direct competitors, including a very low cost, 5-inch sensor, two cameras, a budget Unisoc SC9832E processor and 1 GB of RAM, a 2000 mAh battery.

Of the pluses, we note 4G support.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 144g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Unisoc SC9832E
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 8 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Go 1 / 16GB

Case height – 140.4 mm.

The cheapest Xiaomi module on the market and the cheapest.

The device runs on Android Go – firmware that was specially created for smartphones with weak hardware (many ultra-budget devices work on it).

Here you will find a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, a pretty plastic case, 4G, a time-tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chip, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of main memory, a 3000 mAh battery.

Of course, there’s no quick charge or fingerprint scanner.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 137g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 8 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Apple iPhone 6S 32GB

Case height – 138.3 mm.

Just think about it – the iPhone 6S debuted in 2015 and is still for sale! True, on sale is becoming less common. Perhaps this is the cheapest smartphone in the Apple line (the exception may be the iPhone SE, but it almost disappeared from store shelves).

It has a 4.7-inch display, a good rear camera, an Apple A9 processor and Apple’s proprietary software optimization, NFC, a smart fingerprint scanner, a metal body.

But the design is for everybody.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1334 × 750
  • Weight: 143g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • CPU: Apple A9
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1715 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Memory card support: no

DIGMA LINX ATOM 3G

Case height – 125 mm.

One of the cheapest smartphones that can only be found on the Russian market. And one of the smallest – its height reaches only 125 mm.

Do not wait for special characteristics, everything is extremely simple: a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels, two simple cameras (the front one got a small resolution of 0.3 MP), a Spreadtrum SC7731 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM.

The battery capacity is small – only 1200 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 800 × 480
  • Weight: 129g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Spreadtrum SC7731
  • Memory capacity: 4 GB
  • RAM capacity: 512 Mb
  • Battery capacity: 1200 mAh
  • Rear camera: 2 MP
  • Front camera: 0.3 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

BQ 4072 Strike Mini

Case height – 126.8 mm.

Despite the fact that this is an ultra-budget device, it stands out not only with a large selection of body colors, but also with the fact that the back cover is made of metal and even has some texture.

A 4-inch screen is installed, the Spreadtrum SC7731 chipset, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of main memory, the battery capacity is 1300 mAh.

There are two cameras, support for two SIM cards and a memory card.

  • Screen diagonal: 4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 800 × 480
  • Weight: 128g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Spreadtrum SC7731
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 1

Case height – 133.6 mm.

Nice smartphone from Nokia with a diagonal of 4.5 inches.

Of the features, we immediately highlight the support of 4G networks, as well as a 2150 mAh battery – by budget standards this is not bad.

The device is powered by the MediaTek MT6737M chipset, the memory capacity is 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM.

  • Dimensions (WxHxT): 67.78 × 133.60 × 9.50 mm
  • Screen diagonal: 4.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 854 × 480
  • Weight: 131g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6737M
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2150 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

DIGMA LINX ARGO 3G

Case height – 133 mm.

A budget option from DIGMA, and the title says that the device supports 3G networks, however, like most other smartphones of this class.

It has a 4.5-inch matrix, two simple cameras, a 1700 mAh battery, a MediaTek MT6580 processor, a total of 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM.

The case is made of plastic, it looks very nice.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 854 × 480
  • Weight: 124g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6580
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 512 Mb
  • Battery capacity: 1700 mAh
  • Rear camera: 0 MP
  • Front camera: 0.3 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

DOOGEE X50

Case height – 139 mm.

In its class – one of the best deals.

The case design is in the style of the iPhone X, and the screen diagonal reaches 5 inches with a resolution of 960 × 480 pixels. The rear camera is double here, although the resolution of the second module is very small – 0.3 MP.

Chip – MediaTek MT6580M, the amount of memory – 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM. Battery capacity – 2000 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 142g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6580M
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 5 / 0.3 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Alcatel 1C 5003D (2019)

Case height – 136.6 mm.

Inexpensive device from Alcatel, which received a stylish plastic case.

The screen size reaches 4.95 inches with a resolution of 960 × 480 pixels. The resolution of the cameras is 2 MP and 8 MP (front and rear, respectively). The chip used is Spreadtrum SC7731E, the amount of memory is the same as that of competitors, that is, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM.

The same can be said about the battery capacity – 2000 mAh.

  • Dimensions (WxHxT): 65.3 × 136.6 × 9.95 mm
  • Screen diagonal: 4.95 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 960 × 480
  • Weight: 148g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Spreadtrum SC7731E
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 MP
  • Front camera: 2 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes