OnePlus 7 Pro is, no doubt, one of the best smartphones money can buy right now. But it might be a bit too big for some people. It’s biggest pro—that smooth, bezel-less 90Hz AMOLED display sprawling over 6.67 inches—might also be offputting for several buyers.
Fewer bezels also mean more accidental edge touches. Another reason that makes the OnePlus 7 Pro a two-handed smartphone is that yoga stretch you have to make every time with your thumb in order to reach the other corner of the phone. This also increases the chances of you dropping your phone while pulling off that stunt.
I personally enjoy using sub-6-inch smartphones a lot. Not only are they comfortable in your palms, but they are also comfortable in your pockets. They are also easy on the battery since there are fewer pixels to power and this, in turn, reduces the weight of the phone. But the race to sell the biggest display has pushed smaller smartphones into a very niche category. So much, that good ones, offering reasonably snappy performance, can be counted on a single hand. And that’s exactly what we’ll be doing today.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
The main contender to the OnePlus 7 Pro offers the performance and pedigree of its bigger, brawny brothers, in a smaller form factor. It offers a 5.8-inch AMOLED display that is HDR10+ compliant and has a resolution of 2280×1080. It sports a circular display cutout on the top right corner that houses the front-facing camera. It pairs Samsung’s Exynos 9820 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card.
To shoot photos, it uses the 12MP+16MP setup at its back comprising of wide and ultra-wide lenses respectively. It can shoot in 4k as well in 2160p at a maximum of 30fps. The circular notch at the front houses a 10MP camera with an aperture of f/1.9.
It is backed by a 3,100mAh battery and runs Samsung’s One UI based on Android 9 Pie. Oh, and it can also do that trick of wirelessly charging other devices via its glass back. It is originally priced at ₹55,900, although if you add a bunch of HDFC discounts and cashbacks, you can get it for as low as ₹46,900.
Google Pixel 3a
The smartphone with the smallest display (but not dimensions) in this list was launched just a couple of weeks ago. It has the same deal as the S10e—offering the performance and pedigree of the Google Pixel 3—but with a few compromises. Instead of a ceramic glass back, it is covered with half frosted plastic. It also comes with a mid-tier processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The upside is it sports exactly the same camera as its bigger brother—a single 12.2 MP clicker—with the same software goodness. The no-notch 5.6-inch OLED display has an 8MP selfie camera sitting atop. Just like all Pixel smartphones, this is a top-priority Android device, meaning it gets the latest updates as soon as they are rolled out. It is priced at ₹39,999.
This little smartphone also has a beauty trick—it has a colour changing glass back. It is lit by a 5.84-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2280×1080. It rocks a HiSilicon Kirin 970 processor, last year’s flagship chipset from Huawei built to take on the likes of Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 that is still relevant to date. It comes with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The flashy rear also hosts 16MP+24MP camera setup. The boat-shaped notch at the front houses a 24MP selfie camera. It comes with a 3,400mAh battery and runs Android Pie 9 based on EMUI 9. The ₹32,000 with flagship grade specifications make this smartphone a very compelling recommendation.
Be on the lookout for its successor coming up in the next two weeks—the Honor 20.
The Nokia 7.1 has the same display size as the Honor 10 and Galaxy S10e but has a much cheaper price tag. The display is also HDR10 compliant. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 processor paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It has 12MP and 5MP sensors at its glass back to click photos. At the front, it has an 8MP selfie clicker within the boat-shaped notch. It runs the Android One platform, giving users a stock Android feel along with the promise for the latest firmware and security updates for the next 2 years. It is backed by a 3,060mAh battery. A price tag of ₹17,999 means this is the perfect pocketable smartphone for someone who wants a good Netflix experience on the cheap.