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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch)

November 2017 update. Here's a list of the best compact smartphones - with screen sizes of 5-inches or less - we've reviewed in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

Since the release of the first iPhone and the following smartphone-boom, display sizes have continued to grow. At the time of writing, cellphones with 5-5.5-inch displays are the de-facto standard (also check our Top 10 smartphones); a few years ago such a phone would've been a rather exotic - and high-end - offering. Having said that, many users still prefer compact phones, but they don't want to give up top features and high performance in the process. 

The following table shows the Top 10 smartphones with screen sizes of 5-inches or less, which we've reviewed in the last 12 months and which are both relevant and still available at this time. In case of identical scores, the more recently tested smartphone is listed first. The table can be sorted by clicking on the header; in addition, the search results can be filtered (for example "matte").

Top 10 Smartphones (≤5-inch) as of November 2017

Pos.DateRatingImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionOSBest Price
109/2017
New
91%Apple iPhone 8Apple iPhone 8
Apple A11 Bionic
Apple A11 Bionic GPU
2 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
7.3 mm148 g4.7"1334x750Apple iOS 11
204/201690%Apple iPhone SEApple iPhone SE
Apple A9
Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600
2 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
7.6 mm113 g4"1136x640Apple iOS 9
311/201589%Sony Xperia Z5 CompactSony Xperia Z5 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Qualcomm Adreno 430
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
8.9 mm138 g4.6"1280x720Android 5.1 Lollipop
407/201687%Lenovo ZUK Z2Lenovo ZUK Z2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
Qualcomm Adreno 530
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
8.45 mm149 g5"1920x1080Android 6.0 Marshmallow
510/201687%Sony Xperia X CompactSony Xperia X Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956
Qualcomm Adreno 510
3 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
9.5 mm135 g4.6"1280x720Android 6.0 Marshmallow
601/201786%Huawei NovaHuawei Nova
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Qualcomm Adreno 506
3 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
7.1 mm146 g5"1920x1080Android 6.0 Marshmallow
708/201685%Sony Xperia XSony Xperia X
Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956
Qualcomm Adreno 510
3 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
7.7 mm152 g5"1920x1080Android 6.0 Marshmallow
812/201685%BQ Aquaris X5 PlusBQ Aquaris X5 Plus
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976
Qualcomm Adreno 510
2 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
7.7 mm145 g5"1920x1080Android 6.0 Marshmallow
904/201785%Samsung Galaxy A3 2017Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa
ARM Mali-T830 MP2
2 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
7.9 mm138 g4.7"1280x720Android 6.0 Marshmallow
1010/2017
New
84%Huawei Nova 2Huawei Nova 2
HiSilicon Kirin 659
ARM Mali-T830 MP2
4 GB Memory, 64 GB eMMC
6.9 mm143 g5"1920x1080Android 7.0 Nougat

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Top 10 smartphones from the last 12 months; current reviews are listed first. 

Editors' Comments

This month, the Gigaset ME drops from the list due to its age and the iPhone 7 is replaced by its successor. The Huawei Nova 2 is another new entry. It was launched at 399 Euros, but already dropped to about 279 Euros.

1st

Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The visuals of the Apple iPhone 8 are very similar to the previous model. The design is identical, but the rear is now made of glass. this makes it more prone to scratches, but enables wireless charging in return. The display still measures 4.7 inches and Apple did not change the resolution, either. The camera was once again improved and the processor got its yearly update. The iPhone now supports AR content and the entry-level model now has 64 GB storage, twice as much as before. We like the long battery runtime as well as the dust and water protection (IP67), but we still miss the stereo jack and the speakers could be better, too.

iPhone 8

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2nd

Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone SE

With the iPhone SE, Apple has ventured to create a powerful new edition of the iPhone 5s and put the big iPhone's up-to-date hardware into an extremely compact case. The user does not have to accept compromises in performance or features here, since the iPhone SE also uses the powerful Apple A9-SoC.

Among others, the smartphone could impress with a high-end chassis, a great GPS receiver, good battery runtimes and a display with precise colors in our test. However, the latter has quite a high black value. Moreover, the NFC chip remains reserved for Apple Pay as in other Apple products.

The only disadvantage of the device is that there is only a 16 GB and a 64 GB variant.

Pricecompare

iPhone SE

3rd

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Starting with the first generation of their compact smartphones, Sony was able to prove that small isn't synonymous with sacrifice. Aside from a few minor differences, the Xperia Z5 Compact is equipped like the top model with the significantly larger display. This means that the Z5c is the only high-end Android phone with a display measuring less than 5-inches. In addition, it's waterproof and features - at least on paper - an excellent camera. Despite the high MP-count, the quality could be better, though. All things considered, Sony has the best compact smartphone, period. The two larger siblings Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium are very good as well.

The predecessor Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is still available as well and features an excellent price-to-value ratio.

Pricecompare

Xperia Z5 Compact

4th

ZUK Z2 from Lenovo
ZUK Z2 from Lenovo

We reviewed an import model of the Lenovo ZUK Z2 and it is currently only available as such in Europe. Its ZUK Z1 predecessor came to us late. Starting from under 300 Euros (~$335), the smartphone is a real bargain, since the SoC and memory capacities are only available in significantly more expensive devices otherwise. In addition, you'll get a beautiful Full HD display, fast LTE, a powerful battery and a good camera. However, you should consider that the import model does not support band 20, which is very important in Europe. Moreover, the memory capacity cannot be expanded with a MicroSD card. Thus you should think about how much memory you require before purchase.

Pricecompare

ZUK Z2

5th

Sony Xperia X Compact
Sony Xperia X Compact

At the first glance, not much has changed when compared to the Xperia Z5 Compact predecessor. The display of the Sony Xperia X Compact features a 4.6-inch diagonal and a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone comes with 32 GB flash memory and the RAM capacity has been increased to 3 GB. However, you have to accept cuts regarding inner components. Instead of a high-end SoC, only a mid-range CPU is used with the Snapdragon 650 in the new release and the IP certification has been omitted. The latter means that the Xperia X Compact is not protected against dusts and water any longer. In return, the price has been decreased by about 100 Euros. Nevertheless, the buyer will get great battery runtimes and a good camera, which, however, is no longer capable of recording ultra HD videos.

Pricecompare

Xperia X Compact

6th

Huawei Nova
Huawei Nova

The Huawei Nova is a very solid mid-range smartphone, which targets selfie fans with a good looking design and good front camera. Apart from a fast SoC, there are 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. The storage space can be expanded with a microSD card. A good camera, which can also record Ultra HD videos and long battery runtimes make the bundle complete. The USB port even features the Type-C format.

In our review, the Nova appeared to be really good. However, it could have delivered a dual band Wi-Fi module in view of the price class and apps cannot be moved to the optional storage card. The Huawei Nova comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Currently, an update to version 7.0 Nougat is being beta-tested. 

Pricecompare

Nova

7th

Sony Xperia X
Sony Xperia X

Sony offers a great mid-range smartphone in the Xperia X. Certainly, the biggest point of criticism is its too high price, for which you can also get high-end products with better features. In addition, in our review we criticized that it does not allow recording UHD videos and a compatible power adapter for the supported Quick Charge is not included but has to be bought separately. In addition, Sony has cut the IP certification.

In return, you'll get an optically and haptically appealing smartphone with fast communication modules, great voice quality, good battery runtimes and cameras and up-to-date Android 6.0. Those who do not mind the high price will certainly be satisfied.

Pricecompare

Xperia X

8th

BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus

The BQ Aquaris X5 Plus is a great bundle for a fair price. Apart from a cutting-edge mid-range SoC from Qualcomm, it features 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB eMMC storage. It is easy to expand the storage space with a microSD card, which can also be configured as additional internal storage. Besides a decent camera, the user will get dual SIM functionality and a fingerprint reader. Although the display shines very brightly, the black value is only mediocre due to a relatively high black value.

You have to accept small cuts in the low-light capabilities of the camera. The Spanish manufacturer plans an update to Android 7.0 Nougat in the first quarter of 2017.

Pricecompare

Aquaris X5 Plus

9th

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)
Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

The third generation of the Samsung Galaxy A3 brings several notable improvements. The camera lens are flush with the case now, a USB Type-C port is available, and the smarpthone is protected against dust and water according to IP68. It uses a fast SoC, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The storage capacity can be expanded with a microSD card. Cameras and battery runtimes are also really good. The display has a diagonal of 4.7 inch and uses Samsung's Super AMOLED technology. Its resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is good and the display can get very bright.

Pricecompare

10th

Huawei Nova 2
Huawei Nova 2

The Huawei Nova 2 features a 5-inch 1080p display, 4 GB RAM as well as 64 GB internal storage. The highlight of the device is the 20 MP front camera, which is primarily designed for selfie fans. However, our review showed more pixels are not always better and the front camera is not much better than the rivals. Huawei still offers a good mainstream device, which convinces with many features and it is also the first device from the Chinese manufacturer with support for aptX audio via Bluetooth. The battery runtimes are very good as well.

Pricecompare

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Apple iPhone 8
Apple iPhone SE
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
Lenovo ZUK Z2
Sony Xperia X Compact
Huawei Nova
Sony Xperia X
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
Huawei Nova 2
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (19, 19)
31 (17, 14)
30 (19, 11)
48 (21, 27)
58.8 (16, 42.8)
65 (38, 27)
80 (42, 38)
9 (5, 4)
52.8 (24, 28.8)
Response Time Black / White *
26 (13, 13)
22 (11, 11)
18 (7, 11)
34 (13, 21)
44 (10.8, 33.2)
46 (21, 25)
34 (11, 23)
6 (3, 3)
19.4 (7.2, 13.2)
PWM Frequency
2500 (1)
250
Screen
Brightness
580
579
532
502
563
485
392
609
576
487
Brightness Distribution
91
93
94
84
88
94
91
85
94
97
Black Level *
0.44
0.88
0.54
0.58
0.4
0.44
0.68
0.93
0.48
Contrast
1373
685
1013
883
1448
1120
594
688
1002
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.2
1.8
7.37
3.8
6.1
4.2
7.1
2.8
2.4
5.2
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.6
2.3
8.39
2.7
7
3.8
9.7
2.6
1.9
6.8
Gamma
2.25 107%
2.21 109%
2.28 105%
2.09 115%
2.24 107%
2.39 100%
2.23 108%
2.35 102%
2.09 115%
2.31 104%
CCT
6688 97%
6955 93%
9074 72%
6076 107%
8395 77%
7438 87%
9502 68%
6477 100%
6502 100%
8149 80%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.13
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
96.74
99.9865
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
41
44.2
40.4
41.9
41.2
41.4
40.3
37.8
31.8
39.6
Maximum Bottom *
43.9
42.8
39.9
39.8
41.8
35.1
38.5
39.9
32
35.8
Idle Upper Side *
30.2
30.9
34.6
35.1
38.1
39.1
38.3
27.6
27.7
39.3
Idle Bottom *
26.4
26.8
31.1
31.4
34
29.9
32.1
28.4
26.9
32.6
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1629
1274
2249
2844
1870
1240
2862
1378
H.264
698
759
525
624
717
518
988
711
WiFi v1.3
585
673
440
546
601
873
434
504
668
602
Load
202
207
242
186
328
213
532
272
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
0.54
0.54
0.6
1.31
0.33
0.61
0.56
0.87
0.37
0.65
Idle Average *
1.63
1.26
1.4
2.03
1.48
1.83
1.69
1.33
0.78
1.59
Idle Maximum *
1.67
1.4
1.7
2.08
1.6
1.86
1.75
1.35
0.84
1.71
Load Average *
2.74
2.45
5.3
5.45
4.83
3.71
6.01
5.44
1.52
4.61
Load Maximum *
7.78
6.46
8.4
6.75
8.66
5.19
7.03
7.11
2.75
5.84

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

PCMark for Android
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Lenovo ZUK Z2
5145 Points ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
3756 Points ∼36%
Huawei Nova 2
4822 Points ∼47%
Work performance score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
4084 Points ∼48%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
6969 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia X Compact
4770 Points ∼57%
Huawei Nova
4596 Points ∼54%
Sony Xperia X
4379 Points ∼52%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
4964 Points ∼59%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
5000 Points ∼59%
Huawei Nova 2
6252 Points ∼74%
Geekbench 4.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
10380 Points ∼41%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
3534 Points ∼14%
Huawei Nova 2
3556 Points ∼14%
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
4162 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
1345 Points ∼23%
Huawei Nova 2
918 Points ∼15%
AnTuTu Benchmark v6 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
204270 Points ∼90%
Apple iPhone SE
126969 Points ∼56%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
122513 Points ∼54%
Sony Xperia X Compact
76216 Points ∼33%
Huawei Nova
63206 Points ∼28%
Sony Xperia X
77650 Points ∼34%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
75533 Points ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
45549 Points ∼20%
Huawei Nova 2
63304 Points ∼28%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
161.3 fps ∼12%
Apple iPhone SE
80.3 fps ∼6%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
56 fps ∼4%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
91 fps ∼7%
Sony Xperia X Compact
31 fps ∼2%
Huawei Nova
23 fps ∼2%
Sony Xperia X
30 fps ∼2%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
30 fps ∼2%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
12 fps ∼1%
Huawei Nova 2
19 fps ∼1%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
119.8 fps ∼26%
Apple iPhone SE
59.2 fps ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
57 fps ∼12%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
60 fps ∼13%
Sony Xperia X Compact
51 fps ∼11%
Huawei Nova
22 fps ∼5%
Sony Xperia X
33 fps ∼7%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
31 fps ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
19 fps ∼4%
Huawei Nova 2
20 fps ∼4%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
70.8 fps ∼13%
Apple iPhone SE
40 fps ∼7%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
25 fps ∼5%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
44 fps ∼8%
Sony Xperia X Compact
15 fps ∼3%
Huawei Nova
9.8 fps ∼2%
Sony Xperia X
9.2 fps ∼2%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
14 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
5 fps ∼1%
Huawei Nova 2
7.9 fps ∼1%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
114.5 fps ∼31%
Apple iPhone SE
58.1 fps ∼16%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
45 fps ∼12%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
43 fps ∼12%
Sony Xperia X Compact
30 fps ∼8%
Huawei Nova
10 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia X
15 fps ∼4%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
14 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
9.8 fps ∼3%
Huawei Nova 2
8.9 fps ∼2%
Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal - offscreen Overall Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone SE
945 Points ∼51%
Huawei Nova 2
147 Points ∼8%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
24131 Points ∼34%
Apple iPhone SE
13717 Points ∼19%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
13065 Points ∼18%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
20910 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia X Compact
14023 Points ∼19%
Sony Xperia X
10801 Points ∼15%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
11532 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
12954 Points ∼18%
Huawei Nova 2
14488 Points ∼20%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
112424 Points ∼25%
Apple iPhone SE
44059 Points ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
37319 Points ∼8%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
32997 Points ∼7%
Sony Xperia X Compact
21349 Points ∼5%
Sony Xperia X
21087 Points ∼5%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
21668 Points ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
7793 Points ∼2%
Huawei Nova 2
11688 Points ∼3%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
62006 Points ∼31%
Apple iPhone SE
29538 Points ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
26420 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
29241 Points ∼15%
Sony Xperia X Compact
19128 Points ∼10%
Sony Xperia X
17404 Points ∼9%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
18127 Points ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
8550 Points ∼4%
Huawei Nova 2
12212 Points ∼6%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
34163 Points ∼69%
Apple iPhone SE
16550 Points ∼33%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
5691 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
8436 Points ∼17%
Sony Xperia X Compact
8952 Points ∼18%
Huawei Nova
4717 Points ∼10%
Sony Xperia X
8388 Points ∼17%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
9138 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
3799 Points ∼8%
Huawei Nova 2
4864 Points ∼10%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
730.8 ms * ∼1%
Apple iPhone SE
1708.9 ms * ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
4210.4 ms * ∼7%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
3290.2 ms * ∼6%
Sony Xperia X Compact
3417 ms * ∼6%
Huawei Nova
8234.9 ms * ∼14%
Sony Xperia X
3677 ms * ∼6%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
3464.7 ms * ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
9669.2 ms * ∼16%
Huawei Nova 2
8863 ms * ∼15%
WebXPRT 2015 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Apple iPhone 8
359 Points ∼48%
Apple iPhone SE
186 Points ∼25%
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
104 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia X Compact
109 Points ∼14%
Huawei Nova
60 Points ∼8%
Sony Xperia X
92 Points ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
64 Points ∼9%
Huawei Nova 2
95 Points ∼13%
AndroBench 3-5
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Sony Xperia X Compact
27.57 MB/s ∼32%
Huawei Nova
47.69 MB/s ∼55%
Sony Xperia X
12.82 MB/s ∼15%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
54.87 MB/s ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
50.06 MB/s ∼57%
Huawei Nova 2
36.22 MB/s ∼42%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard (sort by value)
Sony Xperia X Compact
32.54 MB/s ∼34%
Huawei Nova
79.5 MB/s ∼82%
Sony Xperia X
17.67 MB/s ∼18%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
73.19 MB/s ∼76%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
75.47 MB/s ∼78%
Huawei Nova 2
68.88 MB/s ∼71%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
7.81 MB/s ∼5%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
5.64 MB/s ∼3%
Sony Xperia X Compact
9.3 MB/s ∼6%
Huawei Nova
44.63 MB/s ∼27%
Sony Xperia X
10.26 MB/s ∼6%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
12.44 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
9.62 MB/s ∼6%
Huawei Nova 2
25.41 MB/s ∼15%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
14.15 MB/s ∼8%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
21.27 MB/s ∼12%
Sony Xperia X Compact
31.52 MB/s ∼18%
Huawei Nova
38.19 MB/s ∼22%
Sony Xperia X
36.28 MB/s ∼21%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
36.85 MB/s ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
22.32 MB/s ∼13%
Huawei Nova 2
69.03 MB/s ∼40%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
88.91 MB/s ∼43%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
46.52 MB/s ∼22%
Sony Xperia X Compact
139.49 MB/s ∼67%
Huawei Nova
75.01 MB/s ∼36%
Sony Xperia X
117.38 MB/s ∼56%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
47.03 MB/s ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
45.96 MB/s ∼22%
Huawei Nova 2
192.8 MB/s ∼92%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
248.15 MB/s ∼31%
Lenovo ZUK Z2
239.42 MB/s ∼30%
Sony Xperia X Compact
207.87 MB/s ∼26%
Huawei Nova
248.26 MB/s ∼31%
Sony Xperia X
184.33 MB/s ∼23%
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus
228.44 MB/s ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
199.68 MB/s ∼25%
Huawei Nova 2
300.35 MB/s ∼38%

Legend

 
Apple iPhone 8 Apple A11 Bionic, Apple A11 Bionic GPU, Apple 256 GB (iPhone 8 / Plus)
 
Apple iPhone SE Apple A9, Apple A9 / PowerVR GT7600, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo ZUK Z2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996, Qualcomm Adreno 530, 64 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia X Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Nova Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Qualcomm Adreno 506, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia X Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 MSM8956, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 MSM8976, Qualcomm Adreno 510, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A3 2017 Samsung Exynos 7870 Octa, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei Nova 2 HiSilicon Kirin 659, ARM Mali-T830 MP2, 64 GB eMMC Flash

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