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Top 6 Compact Android Smartphones in 2016

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2016 brings a lot of new things and new smartphones, a few, in particular, are under the compact sizes of 4-inch to 5-inch that provides easy to carry comfort and efficiency. In regards to that, we wanted to highlight 6 smartphones that are not only compact but also packs powerful specs for everyone’s convenience.

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Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung recently introduced the 5.1-incher Galaxy S7 flagship in this year’s MWC. It packs a few internal things and camera-wise, it’s really stepping up as expected. The Galaxy S7 in our country has an Exynos 8890 chipset and has 4GB of RAM, which should help in multi-tasking and high-end activities. It has 200GB of extra storage and packs a pretty excellent 12MP rear shooter, with a f/1.7 lens and a 5MP selfie shooter. The Galaxy S7 is priced at Php 34K and should be available in any Samsung store and online store nationwide.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.1-inch QuadHD Super AMOLED display
  • Chipset: Exynos 8890 octa-core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 32GB storage, microSD up to 200GB
  • Main camera: 12MP rear shooter, f/1.7 lens, Optical Stabilization
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter, f/1.7 lens
  • Connectivity: 4G dual LTE nano SIM (hybrid), WiFi ac, Bt 4.1, GPS, fingerprint scanner
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, upgrade to 7.0 Nutella
  • Battery capacity: 3000mAh, Qi wireless charging, Quick Charging
  • Ports: microUSB
  • Release date: March 2016 release date
  • Official price: Php34k price in the Philippines / $760

HTC 10

HTC also introduced a top-notch flagship this year, in the form of the HTC 10. It sports a 5.2-inch QHD display, backed up by a Snapdragon 820 chip and again, an excellent 4GB of RAM with 200GB of additional storage. For shooting, it has a capable 12MP f/1.8 aperture rear shooter with OIS and a 5MP selfie shooter with f/1.8 lens. The HTC 10 is priced at around Php 32,000-32,500 through online stores nationwide.

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HTC 10 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.2-inch 1440p Quad HD display
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820 quad-core
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 32GB, microSD card up to 200GB
  • Main camera: 12MP rear shooter f/1.8, 1/2.3″ or 1.55um pixel size, OIS
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter, f/1.8 lens
  • Connectivity: nano 4G LTE SIM, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.1
  • OS:  Android 6.0 Marshmallow, HTC Sense
  • Battery capacity: 3000mAh battery
  • Ports: USB Type-C reversible
  • Release date: April 2016 in the Philippines
  • Official price: Php 32,000-32,500 price through online stores

Samsung Galaxy A5 2016

Another Samsung product enters the list as the 2016 variant of the Galaxy A5 delivers a surely upgraded performance from its 2015 equivalent. We already had our time with 5.2-incher Galaxy A5 2016 and it surely has a lot of redeeming qualities in hand. The Galaxy A5 2016 has a Snapdragon 615 chip and 2GB of RAM with 128GB of additional storage backing up the 16GB internal storage. For camera-shooting, it has a 13MP rear shooter with f/1.9 lens and OIS, backed up by a 5MP selfie shooter. The only downer is its old Android 5.1 Lollipop, in which we thought the Galaxy A5 2016 version would have at least carry a Marshmallow OS. The Galaxy A5 2016 version currently has an SRP of Php 19,990.

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Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.2-inches 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED display
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 615 chip
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB internal, 128GB max microSD card (hybrid)
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter, f1.9 lens aperture, OIS, LED flash,
  • Front camera:  5MP front-facing, f/1.9 lens
  • Connectivity: WiFi a, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (hybrid slot)
  • OS:  Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery capacity: 2900 mAh, Fast Charging
  • Ports: microUSB 2.0
  • Release date: March 2016 in the Philippines
  • Official price: Php 19,990 pesos official Samsung PH SRP

Samsung Galaxy J1 2016

Another Samsung Galaxy budget lineup device makes it here as an entry-level compact entry with pretty decent capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy J1 2016 might look a bit lumpy from its exterior specs, however, it does deliver in performance. Despite only being in the budget phone line and having low-end specs, the Galaxy J1 2016 surely delivers in the performance category, despite its inefficiencies for powerful specs. The Galaxy J1 2016 is priced at Php 5,000 to 7,000.

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Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED, 400 x 800 pixels, 198 ppi
  • Chipset: Exynos 3475 chip
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 5MP main sensor
  • Front camera: 0.3MP VGA front-facing selfie
  • Connectivity: WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery capacity: 2050mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: February 2016
  • Official price: Around Php 5,000 to Php 7,000

Sony Xperia X

Sony’s upcoming new 5-incher that is highly considered as one of the most anticipated smartphone camera shooters surely deserves a spot on this list. In that, the Sony Xperia X arrives. It has a Snapdragon 650 chip on its hand and 3GB of RAM with 32GB of ROM and 200GB additional storage via microSD. It carries A 23MP rear shooter with Hybrid autofocus and hopefully the steady shot feature from the Z5 trio as well. In contrast to it capable rear shooter, it has a standard 13MP selfie shooter in hand. The Xperia X is expected to be priced at Php 21K, once it reaches PH shores.

See also Sony Xperia X vs Xperia Z5 specs comparison

Sony Xperia X specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5-inch 1080p FHD display
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 650 chip
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB of ROM, 200GB microSD card
  • Main camera: 23MP rear shooter, Hybrid AF
  • Front camera: 13MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, NFC
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity: 2620mAh battery
  • Ports and charging: microUSB v2.0, Quick Charge 2.0/3.0
  • Release Date: expected release date on March to April
  • Official price: estimated price of Php 21K in the Philippines

Xiaomi Mi 5

Xiaomi also made way this year for its newest Mi-series entry, the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Mi 5 packs a 5.15-inch FHD display with a Snapdragon 820 chip and an option of 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of ROM. Sadly, the Mi 5 doesn’t have a microSD card slot. For camera shooting, it has a 16MP rear shooter and 4MP selfie shooter. Which is actually pretty decent and performs quite nicely when we had our go with it. The Xiaomi Mi 5 is currently priced at Php 19,900 for the 32GB model.

See also Xiaomi Mi 5 full review

Xiaomi Mi 5 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.15-inch 1080p Full HD IPS LCD display
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 820
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Memory:  32/64GB, No microSD card slot
  • Main camera: 16MP rear shooter, f/2.0 lens, OIS
  • Front camera: 4MP selfie shooter, f/2.0 lens
  • Connectivity: dual-SIM 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.1, IR Blaster
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Mi UI ver. 7.0
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh sealed, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Ports: USB type-c reversible
  • Release date: March 2016 in the Philippines
  • Official price:  P19,900 32GB model online PH price
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