5 of the best smartphones with screens under 4.6 inches that you can buy right now

5 of the best smartphones with screens under 4.6 inches that you can buy right now
Whether you like it or not, in the last decade, average smartphone screen size has doubled. Handsets with displays measuring 5 inches or more are now the norm - thus, it's becoming a bit difficult to find a good compact smartphone. However, if you're looking for smartphones with screens no larger than around 4.5 inches, you've come to the right place: we've got a list of what are, arguably, 5 of the best handsets that fit this profile.

Some of the smartphones that we're listing here may not be the newest models around, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as this means that they're cheaper than they were at launch. Check them all out below (in alphabetical order), and let us know which of these devices you'd consider buying.


The iPhone 5s is Apple's only 4-inch smartphone that's still in production today. Originally released in September 2013, the iPhone 5s is over 2 years old, but it can still be a great buy if you really need a compact handset that runs iOS (the latest version, nonetheless), and you don't mind paying $450 for the 16 GB model, or $499 for the 32 GB one. The 4-inch display of the iPhone 5s has a 640 x 1136 pixel resolution, offering a pretty sharp 326 ppi density. The device also features a fingerprint scanner, a good 8 MP rear camera, Apple's 64-bit, dual-core A7 processor, and 1 GB of RAM.




If you want a small Windows Phone device that doesn't cost too much but still offers decent features, you should consider getting the Microsoft Lumia 532. Released in the first half of 2015, the Lumia 532 sports a 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixels, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. It's also got a 5 MP rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. At the moment, you can buy the Lumia 532 unlocked from Amazon for less than $100. The handset runs Windows 8.1, and will be updated to Windows 10 starting early 2016.



Replacing the well-received Moto E from 2014, the Motorola Moto E (2015) is a bit larger than its predecessor, though it's still a compact smartphone, thanks to the fact that it offers a 4.5-inch display (with 560 x 940 pixels). The handset features a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal memory, microSD card support, and a 2390 mAh battery. At the moment, the Moto E (2015) runs Android Lollipop, but it will be updated to Android Marshmallow (at least in some regions). You can get the Motorola Moto E (2015) off contract for under $100 via Amazon.




Just like the regular Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is a 2014 smartphone that's dust- and water-resistant (IP67-cerrtified), coming with a fingerprint scanner, as well as a heart rate monitor. However, the S5 Mini is (obviously) smaller than the S5, while also being less powerful, as it features a 4.5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Exynos 3470 processor (or Snapdragon 400 on some models), and 1.5 GB of RAM. Like the larger Galaxy S5, the S5 Mini will be updated to Android Marshmallow at some point. An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini can currently be bought for around $260 from Amazon.



The newest and most advanced smartphone on our list, Sony's Xperia Z5 Compact also has the largest display - a 4.6-inch one with 720 x 1280 pixels. Overall, though, the handset is smaller than both the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and Motorola Moto E (2015), thanks to its smaller bezels. The Z5 Compact is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and, like the other members of Sony's Xperia Z5 family, it's a dust- and water-resistant (IP68-ceritified) device. Other highlight features include a 23 MP rear camera, fingerprint scanner, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a long-lasting 2700 mAh battery. Sony didn't release the Xperia Z5 Compact in the US, but you can buy the international version of the handset via Amazon starting at around $450.



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33 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I'd throw in the 4.7 inch idol 3 just cuz

23. Acer_Predator unregistered

what a OBVIOUS article to mention crapiphone over and over .. money and more money I know...

31. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

It's actually surprisingly decent, i'm using it right now. Hopefully the idol 4 will be just as good.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I can't believe the 5s is still $450 for a 16gb without micro sd.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

IKR But It Is Still A Good Phone I Should Know. It Should $300 Like The S4.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Why not? It's just as good as any huge phone, only that it is normal in size.

24. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

4" is not a normal size. Maybe back in 09. 5" ish devices are the "Norm" now.

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Maybe for giant people. I have no problem using the 6 but I find the 5s better as a phone (remember the phone? Calling people and stuff)

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Makes sense since some used ones on eBay still go for just under $300

12. Allday28

Posts: 335; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

Funny thing is its only $299 on straight talk.

28. Acer_Predator unregistered

i buy ip5s semi faulty justfor £50 I repair them and selling for £220 £250 so many stupid ppl buys . .. :)

4. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Z5c Is One Of The Best Phones Of 2015, All These Other Phones Under 4.7in Pale In Comparison.

6. Krjal

Posts: 425; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

Indeed. I see in this list 4 budget phones and one premium. I have a couple of mates with the Z5c and while I'm addicted to oled displays I was close to switching to an Xperia. P.s. I think your shift key is malfunctioning, Arch_Fiend.

16. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My Shift Key Is Fine I Just Like Typing Like This LOL.

7. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Z3 compact should be on the list instead of lumia 532. I have used a lumia 532 and I don't think it deserves to be on the list.

8. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I love Z5C and Samsung Galaxy S5 mini amd waiting for S6 mini :) BTW Today is my Birthday :)

11. Swiff

Posts: 29; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Happy Bday boss long life to you with good health. Enjoy

9. AlikMalix unregistered

5S running strong iOS 9.2... RR3, 120fps Slo-Mo, AfterPulse, World of Tanks...

13. guest

Posts: 371; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

5s sucks on iOS 9 upgraded it and downgraded it the next day. Phone started stuttering like crazy. iPhones are only able to handle a couple of updates and the phone is useless.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7190; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

5s is very fluid with 9.2 (I've been using it since beta), no lag, no shutter, I think I rebooted once or twice since beta 1.

14. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Thank you @Swiff bro

15. Clars123

Posts: 1078; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

The Galaxy Alpha is a much better option than the S5 mini in my opinion

19. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Agree! Very good phone, I had it for some time.

17. Astonvan

Posts: 237; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Moto needs to kill the E series

18. valneja

Posts: 32; Member since: Dec 21, 2014

S5 mini is crap.... If you want compact there is no other way than to choose Z5c

21. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

the other way is Z3C even the Z1C (that was competing with the 5s)

20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 454; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I wish Samsung made a powerful 4.7 inch phone.

22. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Samsung needs an Alpha 2.

32. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Definitely!

27. garciano unregistered

why the 532 is on here rather than the 635 is beyond me.

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