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CheckMag | Miniature marvels: 3 attractive compact smartphones

Large smartphones are in trend, but compact smartphones still exist. (Image source: Unsplash)
Large smartphones are in trend, but compact smartphones still exist. (Image source: Unsplash)
Sleek design and unrivaled performance make these compact smartphones worthy contenders in a market saturated with large-screen mobile phones. In this article, we explore the compact, pocket-sized marvels packed with advanced capabilities, innovative features, and seamless integration of cutting-edge technology.

With advances in semiconductor technology and significant improvement in lithium battery technology, it has been made possible to manufacture smaller smartphones that can rival flagship smartphones when it comes to performance and battery life.  If you're on a quest for a smartphone that is compact, blazing fast and can be used with one hand or snuggly fit in a small pocket or purse, these gadgets are for you.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini

In the evolving landscape of mobile technology, Apple continues to push boundaries and redefine user experience. The iPhone 13 Mini is your best choice if you are looking for a palm-able smartphone, but with the Apple's iPhone unique and modern designs. The prominent features on the iPhone 13 Mini are listed in the table below. 

iPhone 13 Mini
Display size 5.4-inch OLED display
Size 5.18(H) x 2.53(W) x 0.30(D) inches
Weight 4.97 ounces
Camera Dual 12 MP
Chip A15 Bionic chip
Capacity 125 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Image source: Apple)
Apple iPhone 13 Mini (Image source: Apple)

However, size does play a role in the compromises you must cope with while owning the iPhone 13 Mini. These range from fewer battery cycles to a lack of a super fast refresh rate on the display and camera with no telephoto capability. Despite all the cons, the iPhone 13 Mini stands out in the crowded realm of mobile devices due to its compact and sleek design.

Apple iPhone SE 3

In 2022 Apple introduced the iPhone SE 3rd generation model. Regardless of its anachronistic size the iPhone SE 3rd generation has the same processor as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.  The iPhone SE 3 and the iPhone 13 series share the classic design and Apple's in-house CPU creation; the A15 Bionic chip. The features of the iPhone SE 3rd generation are listed below.

iPhone SE 3rd generation
Display size 4.7-inch LCD
Size 5.45(H), 2.56(W), 0.29(D)
Weight 5.09 ounces
Camera Single 12 MP
Capacity 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB

The iPhone SE 3 is substantially less expensive and has the same speed as other iPhone models. But trade-offs include the restricted storage capacity, average battery life, and lack of face ID verification alternatives.

Apple iPhone SE 3rd generation (Image source: Apple)
Apple iPhone SE 3rd generation (Image source: Apple)

ASUS Zenfone 10

ASUS has raised the bar yet again with the release of its next flagship, the Zenfone 10. The Zenfone 10 aims to reinvent the smartphone experience with cutting-edge technology and novel features. The premium flagship phone's salient features are listed below.

Zenfone 10
Display size 5.9 inches
Size 5.76 (H) x 2.68 (W) x 0.37 (D) inches
Weight 6.06 ounces
Camera 50 MP
Capacity 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB
Operating system Android 13

The device boasts a sophisticated camera and a big battery, resulting in a powerful performance that can easily handle multitasking. The Zenfone 10's sophisticated features currently cost from US$619.99 (on Amazon), making it a more expensive alternative when compared to other competitors in the market. The main tradeoff at this price point is the limited storage due to the lack of additional storage via microSD.

ASUS Zenfone 10. (Image source: ASUS)
ASUS Zenfone 10. (Image source: ASUS)


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Ayesha Aslam, 2023-11-24 (Update: 2023-11-24)