Best small phone 2022: the top tiny, compact smartphone choices (2023)

Contributions from last updated 31 October 2022

The best small phones don’t have to have lesser specs

  • (opens in new tab)
  • (opens in new tab)
  • (opens in new tab)
  • (opens in new tab)

The best small phones are those that sport a petite footprint and yet still pack in great hardware and a rich feature set.

These days, there aren’t as many small phones around worth considering but they do still crop up from time to time. If you’re wondering what we count as ‘small’, to make the list, entries here need to be phones with a screen size of 6-inches or below to count.

That might sound big to some people but compared to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Pro Max, that’s pretty diminutive.

No ever entrant hovers around that 6-inch ceiling though. We also have options that are even smaller, such as the 4.7-inch iPhone SE (2022) and the iPhone 13 mini, with its 5.4-inch display.

We’ve included those in our rankings along with the larger but still fairly compact Google Pixel 5 and Sony Xperia 10 IV. All the best small phones are easier to hold with one hand, making them attractive for anyone with smaller mitts, or for those that simply don’t want to use up so much pocket space.

Best small phone 2022

Why you can trust TechRadar Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

Small yet mighty

Weight: 131g

Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7 mm

OS: iOS 15

Screen size: 5.4-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2340

CPU: A15 Bionic


Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/

Battery: 2,438 mAh

Rear camera: 12MP+12MP

Front camera: 12MP

More expensive than predecessor

The iPhone 13 mini is a rare small phone that’s still high-end when it comes to hardware. Its 5.4-inch display is a Super Retina XDR OLED display so it looks great, thanks to some strong brightness levels. It’s the same tech as you’d see on the iPhone 13, only smaller.

Similarly, its camera is fairly potent. It has a 12MP f/1.6 wide camera with 1.7µm pixels for low-light performance, while the 12MP f/2.4 ultra-wide camera offers 120-degree field of view. Taking photos in low light situations works well too, easily being some of the best we’ve seen.

Speed wise, the iPhone 13 mini uses Apple’s A15 Bionic chipset so it’s fast and easily capable of multitasking. iOS 15 works super smoothly here. Just count on paying for the privilege as it’s pricier than the iPhone 12 mini that came before it.

Read our full iPhone 13 mini review

Pricey but neat

Weight: 169g

Dimensions: 146.5 x 68.1 x 9.1mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 5.9-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2400

CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

RAM: 8/16GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Battery: 4,300mAh

Rear camera: 50MP+12MP

Front camera: 12MP

(Video) Best Compact Smartphones (2022) | Top 10 Mini Mobiles

The Asus Zenfone 9 offer a lot of power for a small phone. It uses the top-end Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 which is great for gaming or video editing. You won’t need to worry about speed here like with some other small phones.

While it might lack a third lens, the Asus Zenfone 9 has a respectable 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide lens on the back, along with a 12MP selfie camera.

Some clever navigation tricks come into play too thanks to a double-tap on the back or swipes on the power button giving you some useful shortcuts. Audiophiles will appreciate the 3.5mm headphone jack too.

It packs a lot in for the size, as it should at this price.

Read our full Asus Zenfone 9 review.

An affordable Xperia phone

Weight: 161g

Dimensions: 153 x 67 x 8.3mm

OS: Android 12

Screen size: 6.0-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2520

CPU: Snapdragon 695 5G


Storage: 128GB

Battery: 5,000mAh

Rear camera: 12MP+8MP+8MP

Front camera: 8MP

The 17 Smallest Countries in the World +

Advanced camera features

The Sony Xperia 10 IV is a great looking phone as you would expect from an Xperia device. Its build quality is fantastic, feeling robust yet slender. A 6-inch OLED display looks good with vivid imagery even if it only has a 60Hz refresh rate.

Performance is middling rather than great, but the Sony Xperia 10 IV takes excellent photos thanks to its triple-lens rear camera setup. Low-light photography isn’t its strength but a 2x optical zoom is useful while a triple-lens 12MP wide, 8MP telephoto and 8MP ultrawide rear camera gives you plenty of options.

The Sony Xperia 10 IV is a decent all-rounder for anyone looking for something more slender without making too many concessions.

Read our full Sony Xperia 10 IV review.

Packing a lot in for the price

Weight: 144g

Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm

OS: iOS 15

Screen size: 4.7-inch

Resolution: 750 x 1334

CPU: A15 Bionic


Storage: 64/128/256GB

Battery: 2,018mAh

Rear camera: 12MP

Front camera: 7MP


Lower price than most iPhones

Low storage for base spec

The iPhone SE (2022) is the cheapest way to enjoy a new 5G iPhone. It looks a lot like its predecessor with no change to its body, and the same Liquid Retina display as before, but why fix a design that works so well?

Instead, it adds on the A15 Bionic chip for speedy performance that can even beat Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU plus it’s now capable of timelapse night photography if you add on a tripod.

A reliable battery life of 12 hours should last you the day, and while it’s not always exciting, the iPhone SE (2022) gets the job done well.

Read our full iPhone SE (2022) review.

(Video) Best Compact Smartphones (2022) | Top 10 Small-ish Blowers!

Compact yet feature packed

Weight: 135g

Dimensions: 131.5mm x 64.2mm x 7.4mm

OS: iOS 14

Screen size: 5.4-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2340

CPU: A14 Bionic


Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB

Battery: Unknown

Rear camera: 12MP+12MP

Front camera: 12MP


Smaller design looks great

64GB isn’t enough storage

The iPhone 12 mini is that rare thing – a phone that’s not only genuinely small, but also genuinely high-end. As the name suggests, it’s basically the iPhone 12 in a smaller size, with a 5.4-inch 1080 x 2340 OLED screen.

That’s a high-quality display, and while it’s bigger than the screen on the iPhone SE (2020), the relative lack of bezels means the iPhone 12 mini is actually a smaller phone overall.

Beyond the screen and the size, highlights of the iPhone 12 mini include its 5G support, its MagSafe tech which lets you magnetically attach accessories, and its top-tier power, provided by an A14 Bionic chipset (the same one as you’ll find in the rest of the iPhone 12 range).

The camera is highly capable too, albeit only packing two rear lenses – you get a 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide shooter, so it lacks for telephoto skills.

We’d like to have seen slightly better battery life, and the 64GB starting size is entirely too low, especially for the price, but those niggles aside the iPhone 12 mini is a superb small phone.

Read our full iPhone 12 mini review

The choice for those who want a cheaper iPhone

Weight: 148g

Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm

OS: iOS 14

Screen size: 4.7-inch

Resolution: 750 x 1334

CPU: A13 Bionic


Storage: 64/128/256GB

Battery: 1,821mAh

Rear camera: 12MP

Front camera: 7MP

Battery life could be better

The iPhone SE (2020) is Apple’s budget iPhone, but it’s also one of the company’s smallest available models. In fact, at 4.7 inches its screen is the smallest (as well as being smaller than almost any other widely available smartphone), but as noted above the actual dimensions are slightly larger than the iPhone 12 mini’s.

Still, the iPhone SE (2020) is undeniably a small phone, and it’s a very good one at that. While it can’t quite match the iPhone 12 range for power, it’s not far off, packing the A13 Bionic chipset that’s also found in the iPhone 11 range.

The handset has a decent – albeit single-lens – 12MP camera too, and a premium (read: metal and glass) if slightly old-fashioned design.

Some of this might sound like faint praise, but this is one of the most affordable and arguably best value iPhones we’ve seen in years, and it just so happens to be compact too.

Read our full iPhone SE (2020) review

The best Pixel phone out there right now for most users

Release date: October 2020

(Video) Best Smallest Android Smartphones In 2022 – Top 7

Weight: 151g

Dimensions: 144.7mm x 70.4mm x 8mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 6.0-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2340

CPU: Snapdragon 765G


Storage: 128GB

Battery: 4000mAh

Rear camera: 16MP + 12.2MP

Front camera: 8MP


Camera software is better than ever


Metal case is a refreshing change

Middling night photography

With its 6.0-inch screen the Google Pixel 5 only just squeezes onto this list, but its tiny bezels means there’s no wasted space, and the screen itself impresses. It’s a 1080 x 2340 OLED one with a 90Hz refresh rate, which leaves it feeling smoother than a typical 60Hz phone.

The Pixel 5 also has a high-end and slightly unusual design, as it has a metal rear where most phones use glass or plastic. This helps it stand out, and that’s a good thing in our view.

The camera experience really shines here too, as is usual with Google phones. There’s just a dual-lens snapper on the back, with a 12.2MP main and 16MP ultra-wide included, but the pictures taken mostly come out well, other than a bit of noise in low light, and the phone is also packed full of easy-to-use image editing tools.

There’s perhaps less power here than you might expect from the top 2020 Pixel, as it has just an upper mid-range Snapdragon 765G chipset, but the Pixel 5 is priced accordingly, and still has 8GB of RAM and 5G.

Read our full Google Pixel 5 review

A budget take on the Pixel 4

Release date: August 2020

Weight: 143g

Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 5.81-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2340

CPU: Snapdragon 730G


Storage: 128GB

Battery: 3,140mAh

Rear camera: 12.2MP

Front camera: 8MP

The Google Pixel 4a is Google’s rival to the iPhone 12 mini, though at 5.81 inches the Pixel’s screen is quite a bit bigger.

It’s still small though, and there’s a lot to like here – including that display, which uses OLED tech and at 1080 x 2340 is fairly sharp.

For the money we were also very impressed with the camera, as while there’s just a 12.2MP single-lens one on the back (and an 8MP one on the front) it performs well, with good image processing and decent results even in low light.

The Google Pixel 4a also has a headphone jack, which is an increasingly rare feature in phones, and its software is a definite strength, as it runs stock Android, which is more intuitive than many manufacturer overlays. As this is a Google phone you can also expect a day one update to the next software version.

Its power, battery life, and build are all middling, but then this comes in at a middling price, so that’s forgivable. Note also that we’re just talking about the standard Pixel 4a here, not the Pixel 4a 5G, which is slightly too big to make this list.

Read our full Google Pixel 4a review

A cheap ticket to widescreen media

Release date: April 2021

Weight: 169g

Dimensions: 154 x 68 x 8.3 mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 6.0-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2520

CPU: Snapdragon 690 5G

(Video) Best Compact Phones (2021) | Top 10 Favourite Mini Mobiles


Storage: 64/128GB

Battery: 4,500mAh

Rear camera: 12MP + 8MP + 8MP

Front camera: 8MP

The Sony Xperia 10 III isn’t a great phone but if size is everything, its mature design makes up for some flaws. Dodging past its poor camera, slow charging, and mediocre processor, its 6-inch display squeezes into a design that’s just 68mm wide, only slightly wider than the iPhone SE (2020).

With a classic Sony style, it looks good, with decent build quality including Gorilla Glass 6 and IP 68/65 water resistance. A sharp full HD OLED panel looks great too. It offers a 21:9 aspect ratio that’s perfectly suited for landscape content and watching movies.

Just don’t expect great performance from this one. The camera in particular is pretty weak.

Read our full Sony Xperia 10 III review

A more affordable S10

Release date: March 2019

Weight: 150g

Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm

OS: Android 11

Screen size: 5.8-inch

Resolution: 1080 x 2280

CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820

RAM: 6/8GB

Storage: 128/256GB

Battery: 3,100mAh

Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP

Front camera: 10MP

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is getting on a bit now, but if you want a compact Galaxy S phone this remains your best option.

As a member of the S range it’s reasonably high-end, with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and an Exynos 9820 or Snapdragon 855 chipset. Which chipset you get depends on where you are in the world, but both rank among the best of this phone’s release year (2019).

The Samsung Galaxy S10e also has a 5.8-inch 1080 x 2280 AMOLED screen, which we found to offer bright colors and crisp detail. And there’s an excellent dual-lens camera, including 12MP main and 16MP ultra-wide snappers, plus all-day battery life.

The Galaxy S10e even has a decent build, with a glass back, a metal frame, and water resistance. Sure, it lacks a few of the bells and whistles of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and it’s no longer the newest phone on the block, but that just means it’s cheaper.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10e review

  • Check out our ranking of the very best camera phones

Sign up to get breaking news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more, plus the hottest tech deals!

Senior Phones Editor

Alex joined as TechRadar’s Senior Phones Editor in June 2022, but brings over a decade’s worth of experience to the role, with an expertise in smartphones, tablets and wearables. He’s covered keynotes hosted by the biggest brands and attended the launches for some of the most influential mobile products of the last few years. His experience was amassed at some of the most reputable consumer technology publications out there, including GSMArena, TechAdvisor and Trusted Reviews. Alex is currently holding out hope for the Pixel Watch’s success and is excited for the advancements coming to the world of foldable phones in the near future.

With contributions from

The best small, compact phones to buy in 2022:

Google Pixel 4a – 6.2-inch screen, weight: 143 grams. Samsung Galaxy S22 – 6.1-inch screen, weight: 168 grams. Sony Xperia 10 II – 6-inch screen, weight: 151 grams. Asus Zenfone 8 – 5.9-inch screen, weight: 169 grams.

What is the smallest smartphone on the market today? ›

Unihertz Jelly Pro 3GB+32GB, The Smallest 4G Smartphone in The World, Android 8.1 Oreo Unlocked Smart Phone, Black (NO Charger, Supports only T-Mobile)

What is the smallest and lightest smartphone? ›

2022-2023 lightest mobile phones based on the available phones on our site are (ranking is based on height and width of the device): Nokia 8210 4G107 g / 3.77 oz. Nokia 2660 Flip (closed)123 g / 4.34 oz. Nokia 5710 XpressAudio129.1 g / 4.55 oz.

Which is the smallest Android phone? ›

Unihertz Jelly Pro 3GB+32GB, The Smallest 4G Smartphone in The World, Android 8.1 Oreo Unlocked Smart Phone, Black (NO Charger, Supports only T-Mobile) Amazon’s Choice highlights highly rated, well-priced products available to ship immediately.

Are there any small smartphones anymore? ›

While most companies have moved on to 6.3-inch displays or larger, the Asus Zenfone 9 bucks the trend with its slim and pocketable 5.9-inch AMOLED. This makes it one of the smallest modern Android phones on the market, and we found a lot to like about it in our review.

What’s the smallest phone you can get? ›

Unihertz Atom, The Smallest 4G Rugged Smartphone in the World, Unlocked Smart Phone with 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM (NO charger)

What is the smallest phone available? ›

IKALL K19 Flip Phone (1.8 Inch Screen, 800 mAh Battery) (Black)

What is the world’s smallest 5G smartphone? ›

Apple claims that the iPhone 12 mini is the Smallest, Thinnest and Lightest 5G smartphone in the world.

Why small phones are better? ›

But in an era dominated by ginormous smartphones, going small affords several potential benefits. You generally pay less for a pint-sized phone, plus you free up space in your pocket or handbag. And folks with smaller hands or who like to use phones with one hand can more easily manipulate smaller devices.

What is the best small smartphone with the best camera? ›

Apple iPhone 13 mini

The iPhone 13 mini is by far the smallest good camera phone on the market.

What is the smallest and lightest smartphone of the year is MI? ›

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G (Jazz Blue 6GB RAM 128 GB Storage) | Slimmest (6.81mm) & Lightest (158g) 5G Smartphone | 10-bit AMOLED with Dolby Vision | SD 778 with 12 5G Bands.

Which is the slimmest and lightest phone of 2022? ›

Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G is one of the slimmest and lightest phones in India in 2022. It comes with just 6.8mm thickness which is very attractive.

What is the smallest smartphone ever made? ›

Product Dimensions 3.64 x 1.69 x 0.51 inches
Audio Jack ‎3.5 mm
Form Factor ‎Smartphone
Colour ‎Sky Blue
Phone Talk Time ‎6 Hours

20 more rows What size is the smallest Samsung phone? ›

Alongside the biggest phone, Samsung also launched Galaxy Z Flip4 in August 2022, the smallest Samsung phone measuring in at only 3.3-inches by 2.8-inches when folded shut.

Why are there no compact smartphones? ›

This is because many of those that what small-screen smartphones also need big batteries and perfect heat dissipation. This is a very complex process for manufacturers to achieve. Thus, the manufacturers just prefer to cater to the market and develop more popular large-screen mobile phones.

Is Samsung making a small phone? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S22 fits comfortably in one hand and is as powerful as its larger siblings, but its small size makes for less battery life.

Is Samsung bringing out a small phone? ›

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is small, fast, and offers a clean and reliable Android experience. It’s an incremental update that keeps what was good in the S21, and upgrades the camera, processor, and materials to create a solid Android device.

What is an easy smartphone for seniors? › The Jitterbug Smart3 and the Jitterbug Flip2 are our easy-to-use phones that connect you with the Lively Response Team and our exclusive health and safety services….

Final Thoughts.

Product Apple iPhone 13
Forbes Health Ratings 4.5
Price $799.00
Screen size 6.1 inches
Battery life Up to 75 hours

7 more columns What is the simplest mobile phone for an elderly person? › Best Smartphones for the Elderly

  1. Doro 8050. The Doro 8050 is probably the easiest smartphone on the market. …
  2. Apple iPhone SE 2020. Although the Apple iPhone SE 2020 is a top-of-the-range product, with all the functionality that people of most ages require, it is still a user-friendly device.

Which is the slimmest and lightest 5G mobile? ›

As per the claims made by the company, Motorola Edge 30 is world’s thinnest and India’s lightest 5G smartphone. The Motorola Edge 30 brings the power of Snapdragon 778G+ 5G processor along with a vivid and ultra-smooth 6.55 inches 144Hz billion colour pOLED display at an exclusive lunch price starting at just Rs.

What is the minimum price of 5G phone? ›

You can find 5G mobile phones starting from Rs. 16,999 and going up to Rs. 74,900 in India.

Is it better to have a bigger or smaller phone? ›

Small screens work for quick tasks, but if you’re using your phone for media, you’re going to want a bigger screen. Camera and photos – A larger display won’t improve the pixel quality of your photos but it will definitely improve the composition.

Will Apple make a small phone again? ›

With the ‌iPhone 14‌ lineup, Apple has opted to replace the “mini” device with an all-new “Plus” device.

Which cell phone has the best reception in areas with a weak signal 2022? ›

Over 100 phones were tested. The phones that emitted the lowest amount of mobile radiation and subsequently had the best-functioning antennas were the Samsung Galaxy 11 Pro Max and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Is a compact camera better than a smartphone? ›

Compact cameras rely more heavily on optical zoom, using the mechanics of the camera to get a closer shot. Phone cameras are more reliant on digital zoom, an inferior process that essentially crops an image to magnify a particular area, thereby losing precious megapixels.

Which Mobile has microscopic camera? ›

Oppo F21 Pro Review: microscope camera on a budget!

What is the simplest Android phone to use? ›

Doro 8050: Best simple smartphone for ease of use

The Doro 8050 uses the Android operating system, meaning you can download apps from the Google Play Store if you want to. The phone includes a very simple and straightforward setup process, and Doro’s action-based interface is big, bold and easy to navigate.

What is the smallest Samsung Galaxy phone 2022? ›

Alongside the biggest phone, Samsung also launched Galaxy Z Flip4 in August 2022, the smallest Samsung phone measuring in at only 3.3-inches by 2.8-inches when folded shut. Samsung Galaxy S22 that comes in a 6.1 Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen is also a good option for those looking for a smaller screen phone.

Which Samsung smartphone is the smallest? ›

The best small Samsung phone

The Samsung Galaxy S22 is the smallest of the S22 lineup, but it packs a big punch. On top of its compact size, the Galaxy S22 is also the most affordable, so you don’t need to shell out a ton for a powerful phone.

What phones are worth buying 2022? › Here’s our list of the best ‘ultra-premium phones’ from 2022.

  • Winner: Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  • Runner up: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4.
  • Special mention: Vivo X80 Pro, Pixel 7 Pro.
  • Runner up: Xiaomi 12 Pro.
  • Special mention: Realme GT 2 Pro.
  • Winner: Nothing phone (1)
  • Runner up: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.
  • Special mention: OnePlus 10R.

Which smartphone is easiest for seniors? ›

  • Best Smartphones for Seniors of 2023.
  • OnePlus Nord N10 5G.
  • OnePlus 8T 5G.
  • Samsung Galaxy A42 5G.
  • Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G.
  • Apple iPhone 13.
  • Apple iPhone 13 Mini.
  • Nokia G20.

What is the simplest phone for seniors? ›

Lively™ – Jitterbug® Smart3 Smartphone for Seniors – Black

Great Phone For Seniors… This is one of the “easiest” phones to use. I love it and will recommend it to all senior citizens.

Is Samsung going to make a mini phone? ›

The resulting “Galaxy S22 Mini” is slated to be small enough to fit inside the footprint of the new iPhone 13.

Is Samsung going to make a mini? ›

Will we see a Galaxy mini smartphone ever again? Probably not. Samsung is pumping resources into its foldable lineup and it seems that the company wants to make flagships smaller by folding them in half.

What is the new Samsung compact Galaxy? ›

The Galaxy S22 has a similar design to the Galaxy S21, with rounded corners and curved edges. It is slightly smaller than the previous generation, with a 6.1-inch display compared to the Galaxy S21’s 6.2-inch display. With a 0.1-inch difference in display size, the Galaxy S22 is noticeably smaller than the Galaxy S2.

What is the price of Samsung small phone? › Samsung Keypad Mobile Phones

Mobile Phone Price Available From
Samsung Guru GT-E1215 ₹1,698 Mar, 2022
Samsung Guru Plus (Single Sim) ₹1,369 Apr, 2017
Samsung Metro 313 ₹1,880 Jun, 2015
Samsung Guru FM Plus ₹1,299 Jun, 2015

6 more rows What is the price of Samsung mini phone? ›

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini price in India starts from ₹ 8,999. The lowest price of Samsung Galaxy S5 mini is ₹ 8,999 at Amazon on 15th January 2023.

Which is the smallest mobile phone? ›

IKALL K3312 Flip Multimedia Mobile (1.8 Inch, Gray)


1. The 3-inch Android Phone! | Testing the Super-Compact Jelly 2 2. Jelly 2E – New Choice for Mini Phone 3. Top 10 Best Small & Compact Phones 2022 4. The smallest smartphone 2022 – Cubot Pocket 5. Sony Xperia Compact 2021 | New Leaks | Upcoming mini phone? 6. Small Phones Are Back (But Not Like You Expect) (MrMobile [Michael Fisher])

Author: Mr. See Jast

Last Updated: 03/31/2023

Views: 6312

Rating: 4.4 / 5 (75 voted)

Reviews: 82% of readers found this page helpful

Name: Mr. See Jast

Birthday: 1999-07-30

Address: 8409 Megan Mountain, New Mathew, MT 44997-8193

Phone: +5023589614038

Job: Chief Executive

Hobby: Leather crafting, Flag Football, Candle making, Flying, Poi, Gunsmithing, Swimming

Introduction: My name is Mr. See Jast, I am a open, jolly, gorgeous, courageous, inexpensive, friendly, homely person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.

© 2023 Loxyle. All Rights Reserved.