Palm Phone - Small Android phones.

Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. So many devices today — especially flagships — are more than 150mm tall, or nearly six inches. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example, is 165.1mm tall (~6.5 inches), which is huge.

While many people like big smartphones, phones that large have their share of problems. For example, they are not easy to use with one hand and are harder to carry around in one’s pocket.

Some consumers still prefer small Android phones, and by “small” we mean devices that are less than or equal to 145mm (~5.7 inches) tall. But are there any options left?

There actually are a few out there, but you might need to make some sacrifices. For example, smaller devices might have poor battery life and weaker specs as compared to their larger counterparts. But if a small form factor is important to you, the phones below are your best bets! Just keep in mind that some of them are a bit older.

The best small Android phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best small Android phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Google Pixel 5

The Pixel line-up has been known for sporting the best specs, including the latest processors and all the features you could need. The Google Pixel 5 takes another approach by cutting some corners and making the phone more affordable.

The most notable difference is that this phone doesn’t come with the latest and greatest Snapdragon chipset available. Instead, the search giant has opted to go with the Snapdragon 765G, which still performs very well. In our tests, we found that this chipset is comparable to the Snapdragon 845.

Other specs are as good as you would expect. You get 8GB of RAM, an amazing dual-camera setup, a large OLED display, and a nice 4,080mAh battery. The phone is a lot more compact than last year’s Pixel 4 XL with a height of 144.7mm.

Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Google Pixel 4a

Google has delivered a great handset with the Pixel 4a, which has a height of 144mm. Aside from the thin, light, and compact device, it succeeds and surpasses the Pixel 3a with better performance, a great camera, and an even lower price point at $349.

Google’s clean Android experience is smooth and enjoyable on the Pixel 4a, and it’s very capable. That said, it’s by no means a tiny little Android device at 5.81-inches, but it’s light at just over 5 ounces or 142 grams. It feels like a small phone. The only negative is that while it has good to acceptable battery levels, it’s by no means great. It’s one of the best phones of 2020, and it’s not a big one!

Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy S10e

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As far as small Android phones go, you can’t do much better than the Samsung Galaxy S10e. Even though it is small in size with a height of just 142.2mm, it still packs many high-end features — and has a reasonable price tag to boot.

With the Galaxy S10e, you are getting the same high-end processor you’ll find in the main Galaxy S10 Plus (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820, depending on your region). You also get up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and a flat screen.

The Galaxy S10e has a comparatively small battery at just 3,100mAh, and its camera system isn’t trying to be as good as the systems on its larger siblings. Regardless, it’s a great device that is still considered a small Android phone, and it’s quite often available on great deals.

Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. Samsung Galaxy A40

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Although the Samsung Galaxy A40 wasn’t officially released in the United States, it’s pretty easy to get it here thanks to the magic of online shopping. Those of you living in the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe will have a much easier time grabbing the device, which is only 144.4mm tall.

The Galaxy A40 stands out on this list for one reason: it crams a 5.9-inch display into its relatively small body. The screen-to-body ratio of the Galaxy A40 is even higher than that of its more expensive cousin, the Galaxy S10e. The Galaxy S10e, however, is the more powerful of the two.

The Galaxy A40 is stuck with just 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and a weaker camera system. Still, you’ll pay much less for the Galaxy A40 — in some cases half the cost of the S10e, or even more on a deal.

Samsung Galaxy A40 specs:

  • Display: 5.9-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Exynos 7904
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 5 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Palm Phone

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The Palm Phone is not just one of the small Android phones you can buy today — it is downright tiny. With a height of just 96.6mm, the device is barely larger than a credit card.

Originally, the Palm Phone was sold as a companion device exclusively through Verizon. It was meant to be used as a device you would take with you when having your primary phone wasn’t practical. You would need a “regular” phone attached to a Verizon account to get it.

Now you can buy the Palm Phone from Verizon on its own and use it as your primary device. You can even get the unlocked version from Palm’s website and then activate it on the carrier of choice. The main drawback to the Palm Phone is that it’s not very powerful and would probably be frustrating to use as your only smartphone. However, this list wouldn’t be complete without it, and it looks pretty darn cool! The Palm Phone is definitely a conversation starter, so if it fits your needs then click on the widget to check it out.

Palm Phone specs:

  • Display: 3.3-inch, HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 435
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 800mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

6. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

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With a height of just 135mm, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact should be one of the top contenders in your search for the best of the small Android phones available. Not only is it small — even smaller than the Galaxy S10e — but it’s also got some decent specs.

The Xperia XZ2 Compact features the Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. It also comes in four gorgeous colors: Black, White Silver, Coral Pink, and Moss Green. It’s starting to get a little outdated, but the price has dropped a long, long way from its initial release. It’s worth looking into.

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact specs:

  • Display: 5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 19MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,870mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

7. Unihertz Atom XL

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The Unihertz Atom was the first tiny little phone from Unihertz, at a mere 96mm in height. While it’s still a useful buy if you want a super-small device, Unihertz has followed that up with the Atom’s successor, the Unihertz Atom XL. The Unihertz Atom XL might say it’s XL but with a height of just 134.5mm, it’s about a 4-inch device. It’s still super small even for tiny hands.

The Atom XL went through a successful Kickstarter campaign and is making its way into the hands of backers and buyers now, without the huge delays we’ve seen in other Kickstarters over the years.

What else is new other than size new? Actually, it’s almost the same device in a larger form factor with a few timely spec increases. It does pack a Helio P60 octa-core processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage, a new 48MP main camera which is a bump up, and has the same IP68 rating with a rugged build. It also has a walkie-talkie feature, comes with Android 10, and sports a much larger 4,300mAh battery over the Atom L. It retails for $340, making it reasonable.

Unihertz Atom XL specs:

  • Display: 4-inch, 1,136 x 640
  • SoC: 2GHz octa-core processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 48MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Nokia 8 Sirocco

Since the Nokia 8 Sirocco was one of the first of its kind, it’s a bit old as compared to some of the other devices on this list of small Android phones. However, it still has some decent specs, runs Android 9.0 Pie, and meets our size requirement by being 140.9mm tall.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with 2017’s flagship processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It has a solid 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a pretty decent camera setup. We’d suggest this list has better devices in 2020, but at 5.5-inch, it definitely does the job of a smaller Android.

Nokia 8 Sirocco specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 3,260mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

What about small iPhones?

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We prefer Android phones here at Android Authority, but since there are a few great small iPhones available to choose from, we feel it’s only right to let you know about them.

The smallest one is the new iPhone 12 Mini, which has a height of just 131.5mm. The display is obviously on the small side, coming in at 5.4-inches. But despite its compact size, the handset packs Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chipset as well as the popular Face ID technology. You can learn more about the device in our iPhone 12 Mini review at the link.

Next up is the iPhone SE (2020), which has an even smaller 4.7-inch display. However, it has a larger footprint overall with a height of 138.4mm due to its larger bezels. It offers a bit less in terms of specs and features than the iPhone 12 Mini, but it’s still a great device overall. It’s also cheaper.

The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro are also worth considering, although they slightly exceed our 145mm height limit. Both have a height of 146.7mm, which still makes them quite compact for today’s standards. If you love Apple devices and iOS, you really can’t go wrong with either of them.