Ranking of handy smartphones

1. place: Honor 10

Technical details

  • CPU: - 4 x 2,4 GHz & 4 x 1,8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 24 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Compact smartphone
  • USB C+ headphone jack
  • Full screen + front fingerprint scanner
  • Nice performance thanks to Kirin 970
  • Good camera, great features
  • Fingerprint scanner not really improved
  • Fingerprints
  • Notch? EMUI?
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2. place: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Technical details

  • CPU: - 2 x 2,GHz + 6 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • outstanding AMOLED display
  • awesome performance
  • strong reception (network, GPS, WiFi)
  • great main camera and selfie camera for photos
  • great battery life
  • stylish and handy
  • only 64 GB of main memory
  • inconvenient notch
  • no headphone jack

3. place: Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • outstanding display
  • great cameras
  • insane battery life
  • excellent build quality
  • 3-1 Slot (2 x NANO + 1 x micro-SD)
  • fast and smooth system
  • no USB Type-C

4. place: Xiaomi Redmi 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 450 - 8 x 1,8GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Good build quality
  • Strong performance
  • Good cameras
  • Excellent battery life
  • Strong reception (network, GPS, WiFi)
  • Awesome display
  • No USB type-C

5. place: Gome K1

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P20 - 8 / 2.34 1.64
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • excellent built quality
  • Metal body
  • good performance
  • dual Sim + microSD
  • excellent value for money
  • included case
  • Headphones only via adapter
  • Only Android 6

6. place: Meizu M6

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6750 - 4 x 1,5GHz + 4 x 1,0GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Fast and accurate fingerprint scanner
  • Sufficiently fast Flyme OS
  • Strong GPS + compass
  • Nice design and good build quality
  • Good cameras
  • Outstanding price/performance ratio
  • Display: readability outside
  • Limited multitasking with 2GB RAM version
  • Occasional lags in the system

7. place: Vernee M6

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6750 - 4 x 1,5 GHz + 4 x 1,00 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • LTE: Yes - 800/2300/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Solid build quality
  • Good operation
  • "Clean" system
  • Good GPS & Wi-Fi
  • Nice daylight shots with HDR
  • Good price/performance ratio
  • Only Android 7.0
  • Thicker than stated
  • Battery capacity smaller than stated
  • Display partially not adapted to 18:9
  • High energy consumption in Bluetooth mode
  • Bad night shots
  • Speaker/speakerphone quality

8. place: Huawei P8 Lite 2017

Technical details

  • CPU: - 4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
  • RAM:
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • LTE: Yes - 1/3/7/8/20/28
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage:
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • klein und leicht
  • gute Verarbeitung
  • ausreichende System-Performance
  • gute Akkulaufzeit
  • mittelmäßige Farbwiedergabe bei Fotos
  • kein Quick-Charge
  • kleiner interner Speicher
  • schwache Frontkamera

9. place: Ulefone X

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 2,3GHz + 4 x 1,65GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • gute Verarbeitung
  • kompakte Größe trotz großem Display
  • schnelles Android 8.1 System
  • Wireless Charging
  • Kameraqualität
  • extralanges Micro-USB Kabel
  • kein Quick-Charge
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10. place: Umidigi A1 Pro

Technical details

  • CPU: - 4 x 1,5 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2
  • LTE: Yes - 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Android 8.1
  • supports many LTE frequencies
  • good build quality
  • bright IPS display
  • decent camera
  • Dual VoLTE
  • USB Type-C
  • mediocre performance
  • only 16 GB of internal storage
  • no HDR-function in the camera app
  • heat development
  • no notification-LED
  • fake dual-camera

11. place: Xiaomi Redmi 5a

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 425 - 4 x 1,5GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome reception (GPS, WiFi, networks)
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great display
  • Fast MIUI 9 system
  • Outstanding batter life
  • Strong main camera in good light conditions!
  • No fingerprint scanner
  • Dual-SIM or Micro-SD
  • For now only 2/16GB..

12. place: Cubot Note Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6737 - 4 x 1,5 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 2800 mAh - removable
  • Camera: 12.9 MP f/2.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: micro
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • fast and big storage (3/32GB)
  • good rear camera
  • great selfie camera
  • Dual-SIM + storage expansion
  • nice build quality
  • replaceable battery
  • mediocre battery life
  • few sensors
  • a lot of plastic

13. place: Cubot Magic

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6737 - 4 x 1,3 GHz.
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 2600 mAh - removable
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • LTE: Yes - FDD LTE 800 MHz, LTE 1800 MHz, LTE 2100 MHz, LTE 2600 MHz
  • Dual-SIM: micro
  • Storage: 16 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Good system performance
  • Big RAM
  • Nice design
  • Dual-SIM + Micro-SD slot
  • Rear not resistant to scratches
  • No compass

What do we consider compact smartphones?

If you are looking for a smartphone with less than 5 inches (e.g. 4.7 inches), it has to be said that these models are no longer produced in China and are simply going extinct. However, it is important to understand that the size of the smartphone does not only depend on the display. Many of today’s compact phones are smaller than the small 4.7-inch iPhone because the bezel is smaller and space is used more efficiently. Those who attach particular importance to the compactness of their new mobile phone should therefore not only consider the display size but also the dimensions of the mobile phone.

Model: Size in mm: length
x width Front surface: Display in inches: Format: Display size:
Honor 10 149,6 71 107cm² 5.8 19 9 85cm²
Xiaomi Redmi 4X 139 70 97cm² 5 16 9 69cm²
iPhone 8 138 67 92cm² 5.2 16 9 62cm²
Xiaomi Redmi 5 152 73 111cm² 5.7 18 9 84cm²
Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro 149 72 107cm² 5.84 19 9 85cm²

The two most prominent smartphones at the moment are clearly the Honor 10 and Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro: both would end up in a ranking of larger phones with their 5.8-inch display, but the body is not in relation to the screen and, thanks to the notch, keeps within limits. Again, for one-handed operation a small width of the smartphone is more important than its length. As far as powerful compact smartphones are concerned, the field is rather rare: Honor 10 and Mi 8 SE are to be mentioned at the front – other flagships come with larger displays.

These compact smartphones from China are of high quality and offer a performance that can meet every demand. Chinahandys.net has made a comparison of the best small smartphones, because this mobile phone size is particularly popular in Germany. The compact devices offer a good mixture of user-friendliness and pleasant size for multimedia use. They are easy to use with one hand and fit in any pocket.

The most popular China mobile phones with a compact display are listed here. All China mobile phone shops listed in the price comparison are reputable, trustworthy providers with predominantly positive ratings on the Internet!