Five of The Best Compact Smartphones in The Market

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In this age of smartphones, sometimes bigger can be better, although thats not the case on this list, because were here to find out the 5 most compact, yet very effective smartphones in the market. Find out their specs, features, prices and the reasons why they’re considered to be the top, despite being relatively small.

Lumia 640 LTE 

Microsoft‘s Lumia phones are top notch to say the least, and that look doesn’t differ in Microsoft’s 5-incher the Lumia 640. The Lumia 640 LTE is actually the biggest amongst the list, though the most affordable in terms of price. Its top notch system and performance capability is surely to be something to look out. However, with the coming of the Lumia 550, the Lumia 640 is currently being threatened on its market by its own blood brother. Hopefully, this won’t be the last that’ll see the Microsoft’s budget heavy compact Lumia 640. The Lumia 640 is available at Lazada PH for Php 8,499 for the LTE variant, as of October 8, 2015.

See also: Lumia 640 LTE Review – Mid-range Features for a Budget Price

Lumia 640 LTE Specs PH price, Features

5-inch HD IPS display, 294ppi
8.8mm thickness, 145g weight
Cornings Gorilla Glass 3, Clear black IPS
Orange, White, Black, Cyan
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core
Quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor
Andreno 305 GPU
1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB
8MP rear camera 1/4″ sensor size
1MP, 720p video
4G LTE dual or single, 3.5G dual or single, WiFi n, BT 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, NFC
Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia denim version, can be upgraded to Windows 10
Date Sense, WiFi Sense, Xbox music and Xbox Video
2500mAh battery
microUSB v2.0
Php 8,499 Priced at Lazada PH
Released at April 2015
Official distributor, Microsoft Stores, Online stores and grey markets

Lumia 550

Of course the Lumia 550 is gonna be on this list. The device that threatens to take away the 640’s market is soon to come. The Lumia 550 is yet to be launched, though it is expected to be out on December 2015 in the US. A massive jump from the 640 variants, the Lumia 550’s decent capability as a smartphone isn’t necessarily the one that put it in the list, the real reason is its Windows 10 feature, which, despite being a budget phone possesses Microsoft’s latest OS update. Something truly to be looked forward to buy Microsoft fans and budget phones fans alike. The Lumia 550 is expected to be priced at $139 or roughly Php 6.4K, converted PH price.

See also: Microsoft Lumia 550 carries a $139 price, Snapdragon 210, 4.7-inch 720p Display, Windows 10

Lumia 550 Specs PH Price, Features

4.7-inch   HD 729p display, 315ppi
9.9mm thickness, 141.9g weight
scratch-resistance glass
Black, White
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset
Octa-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7 processor
Adreno 304 GPU
1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 200GB
5MP main camera
720p video
2MP selfie shooter
WiFi n, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Microsoft Windows 10
Windows Hello Face and Iris/ Eye recognition
2100mAh battery
microUSB 2.0
$139 or Php 6.4K converted PH price upon release
To be released on December 2015
Official distributor, Microsoft Store, legible Online stores and grey markets

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Sony is quite known for their compact-size smartphones, such phone is the Xperia Z3 compact. The latter sports really impressive specs and features that can even trump some of the biggest flagships in the market. the 4.6-incher showcases a great performance in display and storage capacity, with its decent 2GB of RAM in hand. The Xperia Z3 compact also has a pretty good battery longevity content of 2600mAh, which should help this little guy to last longer than most, expected. If your looking for a powerhouse phone that is portable and easy to carry, then the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is something that you should heavily consider. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is avalable for Php 21,599 in Lazada PH, as of October 8, 2015.

See also: One Reason Why You Shouldn’t Buy The Sony Xperia Z3+

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Specs, PH price, Features

4.6-inch IPS 720p LCD display, 319ppi
8.6mm thickness, 129g weight
Shatter proof glass, Triluminos display, X-Reality engine
Black, White, Green, Orange
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset
Quad-core 2.5GHz Krait 400 processor
Andreno 330 GPU
2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB
20.7MP rear shooter
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR video
2.2MP selfie shooter, 1080p@30fps video
LTE, Wifi ac, BT 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, Stereo FM radio with RDS, NFC
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop, planned to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Officie features, bluetooth MAP support, chromecast support, chrome web view, deivice mamgement built-in
2600mAh battery
microUSB v2.0, Fast charging up to 60% in 30minutes, Quick Charge 2.0
Php 21,599 price in Lazada PH, as of October 8, 2015
Released on September, 2014
Official Sony distributor, legible Online stores and grey markets

Samsung Galaxy A3 

One of Samsung’s earliest metal constructed devices, the Samsung Galaxy A3 is something to look at, despite being a bit compact. The luxurious metal designing of the Samsung Galaxy series has been quite famous for their classy and elegant design, backed up with a pretty excellent power capability. The Samsung Galaxy A3 isn’t necessarily one of the strongest of the A-series, although, the reason why it is in the list is because its an instigator of many features for the Samsung Galaxy A-series, which it passed down to more recent Galaxy A handsets, such as the A8 and the A5. Elegant at the same time decently powered, the Samsung Galaxy A3 isn’t your usually run-on-a-mill smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy A3 is still available in Lazada for Php 17,700.

See also: Samsung Galaxy A8 Unboxing, Hands-on, First Impressions, Screen Size Comparison VS Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy A3 Specs, PH Price, Features

4.5-inch 540p Super AMOLED display, 245ppi
6.9mm thickness, 110g weight
Corning Gorilla Glass 4, metallic back cover
Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue, Champagne gold
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset
Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 Processor
Adreno 309 GPU
1GB or 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage
8MP rear shooter,
1080p   @30fps video
5MP selfie shooter
LTE (optional), WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC(LTE Variant only), FM radio and recording
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat
Officie features, bluetooth MAP support, chromecast support, chrome web view, deivice mamgement built-in
1900mAh battery
microUSB 2.0
Php 17,700 PH price at Lazada PH
Released at December 2014
Official Samsung online store, Online stores and grey markets

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

The Xperia Z5 Compact is the most recent take on Sony’s Z-series, with its massive arsenal in store, this 4.6-incher isn’t someone to be ignored. The Xperia Z5 compact carries out a few strong traits, such as its 23MP rear shooter and its 5.1MP selfie shooter with HDR capability. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is the more modernised version of the Xperia Z3 Compact, which happens to also be part of this list. It goes to show you, that this little flagships of Sony is a pretty huge deal in the smartphone industries, whether your a sony fan or not. The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact is available in Taiwan for roughly NT$ 18,900 or Php 20K, for the converted PH price.

See also: Sony Xperia Z5 Hails as World’s Best Camera Phone Beating LG G4, Galaxy S6 Edge, Nexus 6P and Note 5

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Specs, PH Price, Features

4.6-inch IPS LCD display, 323ppi
8.9mm thickness, 138g weight
scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic- coating
White, Graphite Black, Yellow, Coral
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset
Quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex- A53 & Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex- A57
Adreno 430
2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 200GB
23MP   rear shooter, phase detection autofocus
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@120fps, HDR video
5.1MP, 1080p, HDR
LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, NFC, FM Radio with RDS
Android 5.1 Lollipop to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Android TV, Ok Google, screen adaptability
2700mAh battery
microUSB v2.0, USB Host, Fast charging: 60% in 30 minutes (Quick charge 2.0)
NT$ 18,900 or around Php 20K converted PH price, as of October 8, 2015
Released at October 2015
Official Sony distributor, Sony Online stores and legible online stores, grey markets


Through this lists, we were able to determine that size doesn’t mean everything and that a devices power, lies not on its screen and size advantages, but rather its system. All devices mentioned in this list are all capable of delivering a pretty strong performance, which is expected from these compact yet powerful devices.

Please leave your comments and suggestions on the comments section below to tell us what you think, and also, if you some other list of compact smartphones in mind, we highly recommend you to share them.

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