3. Asus Zenfone 9
Asus has continued to make smaller phones when the trend has been to supersize, and we are eternally grateful. In 2022, the Zenfone 9 is not only the best Zenfone model ever, it’s also one of our favourite small phones, and the best small Android flagship you can get.
It has the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which has enabled outstanding power efficiency from the necessarily small battery – this phone has very good battery life, lasting well over a day of use. The phone does occasionally run hot. but it’s not the only one on the market to do so.
The punchy OLED display is 5.9in and has a 120Hz high refresh rate screen, and on the other side is a unique grippy plastic finish – with no glass, you can rock the phone without a case, but there is one in the box if you want.
You might prefer another phone if you want more than two years of Android updates, which is all Asus promises, but if you aren’t bothered then this is one of the best phones – not just considering small ones – you can buy.