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The 10 Lightest Smartphones For Every Budget in 2021

author Luis Silva (Updated on: March 2021)

The Best Lightweight Smartphones For Every Budget


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

Everyone loves a great and feature-packed smartphone, right? With lots of cameras and an ultrazoom telephoto lens and all. The problem is, generally, the more features a smartphone has, the heavier it gets. Especially the recent camera-phones and newer iPhones in general.

Then there's size. The bigger the smartphone is... well, you know how it goes.

That's why I've come up with these eight lists. To help you find the perfect smartphone for you. If money isn't an issue and you just want to check who are the lightest devices around, then the general top 10 list is the one for you. If you're on a budget or none of them are good enough for you, then check the other seven listings.

Samsung usually is very good at keeping its devices lighter than it's rivals, so it's a very safe place to start. Just stay away from the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

One of the cheapest you can find is the iPhone 7 or maybe the Google Pixel 4a. But if you indeed value a lightweight device, then you should consider the iPhone 12 Mini, which sits just below the psychological barrier of the 5oz./150g.

Personally, I'd go for the Samsung Galaxy S10. It's one of the most feature-packed devices for its weight.

In the end, if you still haven't made up your mind, you can get back here in a week or so, because I do frequently update these listings to add devices and review their prices.

If weight isn't everything, but you still want to keep yourself off of huger devices, then check the links at the end of this list. We also have a top 10 for the best smallest smartphones around.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $269    9.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    140g. 4.94oz.
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    3100mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a40 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A40
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50


 Over $1000 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $1029    6.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    208g. 7.34oz.
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1297    6.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    222g. 7.83oz.
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #4 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $909    8.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    181g. 6.38oz.
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S20+ EX
    $749    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    188g. 6.63oz.
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $955    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    188g. 6.63oz.
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD


 Under $700 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $612    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    157g. 5.54oz.
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $629    8.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    163g. 5.75oz.
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $684    8.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    163g. 5.75oz.
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #8 SonySony Xperia 5Xperia 5
    $599    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    164g. 5.78oz.
    6.1" 1080x2520
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    3140mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Glass Protection
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 5Sony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 5


 Under $500 

  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S10+ EX
    $479    8.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    175g. 6.17oz.
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $472    7.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    190g. 6.70oz.
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G


 Under $400 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $300    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    157g. 5.54oz.
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #6 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $300    8.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    175g. 6.17oz.
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $378    8.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    175g. 6.17oz.
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD


 Under $300 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $269    9.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    140g. 4.94oz.
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    3100mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a40 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A40
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #4 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    9.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    155g. 5.47oz.
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+8+13Mp2x
    3070mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 9 vs xiaomi mi 9 seXiaomi
    Mi 9
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9 SE
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A30Galaxy A30
    $220    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    165g. 5.82oz.
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 32GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    4000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy a30 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A30
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #8 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $230    8.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    177g. 6.24oz.
    6.2" 1080x2280
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    16+20Mp
    3300mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot

  • oneplus 6 vs oneplus 6tOnePlus
    6
    vs
    OnePlus
    6T
  • #10 XiaomiXiaomi Pocophone F1Pocophone F1
    $250    7.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    182g. 6.42oz.
    6.1" 1080x2246
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass
    12+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi pocophone f1 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Pocophone F1
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


 Under $200 

  • #5 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    7.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    184g. 6.49oz.
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #7 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    7.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    186g. 6.56oz.
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy M30sGalaxy M30s
    $131    7.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9611
    188g. 6.63oz.
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    No Glass Prot.
    48+8+5Mp
    6000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Battery Life
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy m30s vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proSamsung
    Galaxy M30s
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #10 OnePlusOnePlus Nord N10Nord N10
    $199    7.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 690
    190g. 6.70oz.
    6.4" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4300mAh 30+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • oneplus nord vs oneplus nord n10OnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    Nord N10
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