Your guide

Palm Phone - Small Android phones.

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. So many devices today — especially flagships — are more than 150mm tall, or nearly six inches. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, is 166.9mm 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 phone’s below are your best bets!

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. Samsung Galaxy S10e

samsung galaxy s10e in hand back

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 and even the Galaxy S10 Plus (the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820, depending on your region). You also get the Android 9 Pie (upgradeable to Android 10), up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of internal storage.

The Galaxy S10e has a comparatively small battery at just 3,100mAh, and its camera system is nowhere near as good as the systems on its larger siblings. Regardless, it’s a great device that is still considered a small Android phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

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

2. Google Pixel 3

Pixel 3 XL hands on

We’ll admit that with a height of 145.6mm, the Google Pixel 3 just barely crosses our self-imposed limit for small Android phones. However, if you’re looking for a phone that won’t feel gigantic in your hand but still offers a lot of power, this is certainly worth a look.

The Pixel 3 comes with 2018’s top-of-the-line processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It comes with a near-stock version of Android 9 Pie (upgradeable to Android 10), 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage. However, the highlight of the Pixel 3 is its camera, which is still among the best ever made. What’s more, the camera software is constantly getting tweaked by Google, which makes the Pixel 3 a solid investment if consistent Android and feature updates are important to you.

Keep in mind that the Pixel 4 has already been announced, but the handset is slightly larger than its predecessor, coming in at 147.1mm.

Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Palm Phone

Palm Phone - Small Android phones.

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.

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

4. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact

Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - Small Android phones.

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.

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

5. Unihertz Atom

Unihertz Atom - Small Android phones.

The Unihertz Atom is the smallest phone on this list, and it could very well be the tiniest Android phone around. This little guy measures a mere 96mm in height, which is slightly shorter than the Palm Phone. The Unihertz Atom is thicker and heavier at 18mm and 108g, though.

Regardless, this is a fun small Android phone bound to start many a conversation. Specs are not really impressive, but in our tests we found it to be an alright phone for casual users who don’t demand much from a phone. The tiny screen makes it harder to type and watch media on, but people who use this phone probably don’t want to do much of that.

Keep in mind that Unihertz has already announced the Atom’s successor, but you can’t get your hands on it just yet. You can, however, pre-order it via the company’s Kickstarter campaign. It’s called the Unihertz Atom XL and is still a small phone despite its name, with a height of just 134.5mm.

Unihertz Atom specs:

  • Display: 2.45-inch, 240 x 432
  • SoC: 2GHz octa-core processor
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Camera: 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

6. Samsung Galaxy A40

Promotional images of the Samsung Galaxy A40 small android phoneSamsung

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.

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

7. 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 only 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.

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

8. Sony Xperia XA2

You should also have a look at the Sony Xperia XA2 in your search for the best of the small Android phones. It has a few notable bumps in specs compared to its predecessor and has a subjectively nicer form factor while having a height of just 142mm.

The device comes with the Snapdragon 630. It has a better rear camera, a slightly larger battery, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal storage.

Sony Xperia XA2 specs:

  • Display: 5.2-inch, Full HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 630
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 23MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

Those are our picks for the best small Android phones on the market right now. Stay tuned as we’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

Also read: