Are you in the market for the best compact smartphone 2019? You’re probably wondering where all the small smartphones went. Once domineering the market, compact phones are slowly but steadily getting replaced by bigger handsets that don’t fit the bill of just anyone that easily. Apart from the occasional smaller-sized phone announced once in a blue moon, the majority of devices being released nowadays are larger than life and definitely don’t cater to folks with smaller hands or just those who prefer a good compact phone. Yet don’t think that small phones are going the way of the dodo – albeit scarce, they do exist, and we’ve rounded up the best small samsung phone models you can buy in 2020.
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Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy S10e may not be a member of the latest Galaxy S20 range, but it’s still the best smaller Galaxy phone you can buy, with top hardware and great software.$700 FROM AMAZON
Alright, so we’re pushing the acceptable boundaries for “small”, but hear us out. The Samsung Galaxy S10e is one of the larger phones on this list, and while it’s significantly larger than traditionally small phones like the iPhone SE and the XZ2 Compact, the cheapest member of the S10 range is still one of the smallest modern flagships you’ll find.
The 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display is the most obvious feature of the Galaxy S10e. It’s one of the best around, sporting a sharp Full HD+ resolution, and breaking records in DisplayMate’s screen tests. Like the rest of the S10 range, there’s a hole-punch for the selfie camera, and this addition has allowed Samsung to shrink the device’s bezels even further. It’s not exactly the same as its more expensive siblings though — there’s no curve on the screen edges, and there’s no ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. However, neither is a huge loss.
It’s an even smaller concession when the power inside remains unchanged. The S10e packs 2019’s top flagship power with the Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. If you need more power, then there’s a version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The headphone jack is still there, and it features reverse wireless charging and a 3,100mAh battery that should last a full day, even if it’s nothing special.
The S10e isn’t using the same triple-lens set-up as the S10 and S10 Plus, but the dual-lens rear module is still excellent. You’ll find a variable aperture 12-megapixel lens and an ultrawide 16-megapixel lens on the back of the phone and a 10-megapixel selfie lens around the front. There’s A.I.-optimization here too, and the phone will suggest simple fixes to common problems and can recognize even more scenes through the Scene Optimizer.
However, while the S10e is the cheapest of the Galaxy S10 range, it’s still not an affordable smartphone. Prices for the Galaxy S10e start from $600, though there is a range of deals you can keep an eye on to try and save some extra money. Check out our Galaxy S10e review for our in-depth analysis of the phone.
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Samsung Galaxy S20
The new Samsung Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display, but can be easily regarded as a compact phone in this climate. The Galaxy S20 has dimensions of 5.97 x 2.72 x 0.31 inches (151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm) and weighs 5.78 oz (163 gr), which make it rather easy to handle. Despite being compact, the Galaxy S20 doesn’t come with humble specs. Under the hood is Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990 chipset with 12GB RAM and 128GB storage. The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery. On the back is situated triple-camera setup: 12MP main sensor, one telephoto, and one ultra-wide camera. The price of the Galaxy S20 is $999.
Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime
It could be argued that it takes a lot more expertise to design a solid budget smartphone than it takes to slap together a bunch of high-end components and call it a day. Who then could be in a better position to design an excellent smartphone for the masses other than Samsung? The Galaxy J1 Mini Prime is a throwback to the days when displays over 4” were considered huge, and the full HD resolution was seen as a wasteful extravagance.
Just consider the specifications the J1 Mini: a quad-core CPU, 1 GB of memory, 5 MP rear camera, 4” screen with the resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. Doesn’t seem like much, does it? Well, that’s because you don’t know that the J1 Mini can be yours for a meager price.
Paying so little for a Samsung device with two SIM card slots and extremely compact size is a pretty good deal as far as we’re concerned. If you’re looking for an affordable backup smartphone that you could use as your business phone or in the case of an emergency, the Samsung Galaxy J1 Mini Prime has you covered.
What Users Like
- Great budget device
- Reliable connectivity
- Very compact
- Excellent backup phone
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Currently available only in Russia, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is planned to hit global markets later this year. Even though it’s just an updated version of the A3 from 2016, there’s a lot to be excited about. Just like its more expensive siblings, the new A3 carries the IP68 certification, ensuring that it will survive full submersion in up to 1.5 meters of water for 30 minutes.
Beneath the water-resistant exterior is the Exynos 7870 octa-core chipset with 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of internal storage. This is a substantial upgrade over the Exynos 7578 quad-core in last year’s model. As far as the screen goes, you’re looking at a 4.7” super AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass scratch protection technology.
The camera has stayed the same, but the 2017 version of the A3 now charges via USB-C. Even though USB-C is still more of an annoyance rather than something handy, it will inevitably take over the current MicroUSB standard in just a few years.
What Users Like
- IP68 water- and dust-resistant
- Excellent performance
- Stunning display
- Capable rear camera
- Future-proof connectivity
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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
When the Galaxy S5 Mini first hit the market in 2014, reviewers praised its performance, display, connectivity, and battery life. Back then, the smartphone ran Android 4.4.2 KitKat and was among only a handful of IP67 certified smartphones. Even though its Exynos 3470 quad-core CPU and 1.5 GB of memory are nothing to write home about these days, the rest of the smartphone holds up remarkably well to this day.
The 4.5” Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels is just as striking as it ever was, and the 8 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash produces very decent pictures, despite its limited resolution. There’s no need to avoid even second-hand models because the 2100 mAh battery is replaceable, which isn’t something we see very often with water-resistant smartphones.
What Users Like
- Striking display
- Good battery life
- Solid performance