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The Smallest Smartphones With The Best Performance (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Smallest Smartphones With The Best Performance


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

You may already notice how hard it is to find an Android smartphone that features a 6-inch display and the latest and fastest flagship processor. But that doesn't mean there aren't people that actually prefer them.

That's why I've come up with this list. These are some of the smallest devices with the best performance on the market. If their price isn't an issue, then this is the place to start. But if you check this page's menu, there are other top 10 lists from $200 up to $1000 or more.

If the size isn't your topmost priority, then check the links below this list.

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    1.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 2901
    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    1.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 3108
    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 



 Under $700 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $566    4.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3076
    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
    $596    3.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    GeekBench5: 2631
    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    3.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    GeekBench5: 2153
    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
  • #6 OnePlusOnePlus 99
    $469    2.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 888
    GeekBench5: 3394
    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
  • #8 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    2.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3053
    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 

  • #4 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $329    3.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    GeekBench5: 1443
    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
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 5GGal. S20 FE 5G
    $349    3.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    GeekBench5: 3296
    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
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $387    2.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    GeekBench5: 957
    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
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $379    2.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 2476
    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
  • #10 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    2.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    GeekBench5: 2909
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

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

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11


 Under $300 

  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $249    4.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    GeekBench5: 2523
    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
  • #7 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $232    2.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 2257
    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
  • #9 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $264    2.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    GeekBench5: 1901
    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


 Under $200 

  • #5 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    2.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    GeekBench5: 1458
    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    1.6

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    GeekBench5: 1284
    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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