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. A smaller display also means that the overall battery capacity required to run the smartphone could also be cut down, resulting in a much lighter phone.
But the race to sell the biggest display has pushed smaller smartphones into a very niche category. So much that good compact smartphones that are a less than a year old can actually 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.