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The Best And Smallest Smartphones For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best And Smallest Smartphones For Every Budget


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

Smartphones are getting bigger every day. That's a fact.

A couple of years ago, no one would be calling a 6.9-inch device a smartphone. It would be more like a tablet. Today, that device, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, with its impressive 166mm/5.66 inches of height is, very likely the most taller of them all. Then, on the other end, there's the new iPhone 12 Mini, at 131mm/5.16 inches tall.

Now, a small device doesn't necessarily mean a smaller display. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is just 4mm/0.14 inches taller than the iPhone SE 2, but its screen is 1.1 inches longer. That's because it has a higher screen-to-body ratio.

Anyways, now you have a regularly updated list, sorted by each smartphone's height so you can choose the one that better suits your needs. There's also a list for every budget, although the global top 10 list does have a wide variety of prices.

If you prefer to pick a smartphone, based on its screen-to-body ratio, then check out the links at the end of this list. There's something there for you.

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 



 Over $1000 

  • #8 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $1050    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    165x71 6.50x2.80
    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
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1399    8.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    166x76 6.54x2.99
    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 

  • #10 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S20+ EX
    $949    8.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    161x73 6.34x2.88
    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


 Under $700 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $566    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    151x69 5.95x2.72
    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
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $596    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    151x69 5.95x2.72
    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


 Under $500 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    149x70 5.87x2.76
    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
  • #7 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $469    8.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    160x74 6.30x2.92
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+50+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+15w
    full specs

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

  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • oneplus 9 vs oneplus 9 proOnePlus
    9
    vs
    OnePlus
    9 Pro
  • #9 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    8.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    160x74 6.30x2.92
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

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

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T


 Under $400 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $387    9.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    144x69 5.67x2.72
    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
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $329    9.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    147x70 5.79x2.76
    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
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $379    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    157x74 6.19x2.92
    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 

  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $249    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    149x70 5.87x2.76
    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
  • #8 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $264    9.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    154x74 6.07x2.92
    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
  • #9 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $232    9.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    155x75 6.11x2.96
    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    9.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    155x75 6.11x2.96
    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 

  • #4 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    8.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    157x74 6.19x2.92
    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
  • #6 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    8.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    159x75 6.26x2.96
    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
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