Mobile phones between 5 and 5.5 inches are the golden mean and very popular. Thus, we gather some of the best smartphones that have 5 and 5.5 inches display screens, so you can pick the best phone that fits in your hands perfectly.
What do people want? One half wants handy phones around 4.6 inches, the other half wants a display as big as possible so they can watch YouTube or Netflix on their smartphones.
The golden mean is what unites both halves. We, therefore, present the best smartphones with a display between 5 and 5.5 inches.
1. Apple iPhone 13 mini
If you have a preference for compact smartphones up to 5.5 inches, we can warmly recommend the iPhone 13 mini. The OLED screen of the Apple model measures 5.4 inches diagonally and delivers a high-contrast and colourful image without blemishes. In addition, the display is covered with the ultra-modern Ceramic Shield and can therefore withstand the odd drop.
The device is powered by the Apple A15 Bionic, a fast six-core processor with 5G modem. Since this is extremely efficient, a battery capacity of just 2227 mAh is enough to keep the phone running for a day. Speaking of battery: Like its predecessor, the iPhone 13 mini can also be charged wirelessly via Magsafe.
Do you attach great importance to a top lens system in your smartphones? Then you’ll be delighted with this handy Apple model. The device is equipped with a great dual cam, thanks to which you can take crisp, sharp photos in all lighting conditions.
2. Apple iPhone 12 mini
Do you prefer a compact phone up to 5.5 inches? Then the iPhone 12 mini could be perfect for you! The display of the high-end model measures just 5.4 inches diagonally and is pleasantly slim with a thickness of 7.4 mm. But although the device is so handy, it scores with concentrated computing power and maximum efficiency.
But that’s not all – the camera quality of the iPhone 12 mini is also impressive. Apple has given its protégé a terrific Dual Cam, which consists of an optically stabilised 12 MP wide-angle lens and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lens. Both cameras take excellent pictures regardless of the prevailing lighting conditions.
What’s more, you get unbeatable imaging with crisp contrast, high colour coverage and impressive sharpness. The state-of-the-art OLED technology makes it possible.
3. OnePlus 5
The silver medal in the ranking of the best 5.5-inch phones goes to the OnePlus 5. The upper-class smartphone shines with its strong performance, which it owes to its tireless processor. Here, OnePlus has opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a solid octa-core chip that clocks at up to 2.45 GHz and gets any of your apps running effortlessly.
With a screen diagonal of 5.5 inches and a weight of 153 grams, the all-rounder from China also fits wonderfully in the hand. However, the fact that the device is so light is only partly surprising, because OnePlus has equipped its former flagship with a relatively small 3300 mAh battery. However, it lasts a good eleven hours even with intensive use – a great value.
4. Huawei P10
Among the three best phones up to 5.5 inches is the Huawei P10, an excellent upper-class smartphone whose strengths lie primarily in its display. The built-in 5.1-inch panel resolves with Full HD and thus ensures a sharp image without blemishes. With regard to the lens setup, the optically stabilised 20 MP colour camera is particularly convincing.
In addition, Huawei has also installed a powerful chipset with the eight-core HiSilicon Kirin 960, which achieves a maximum clock speed of 2.4 GHz and thus displays a first-class working speed. It’s easy to overlook the fact that the super-fast 5G standard isn’t quite ready yet.
Tip: You should exercise caution at the beach and in the bathroom. The Huawei P10 is not IP-certified and therefore not waterproof.
5. Google Pixel 3
The Google Pixel 3 comes in the still handy format of 5.5 inches. Google has installed an OLED display without a notch in 18:9 format, which resolves with FHD+ and impresses with clear colour reproduction. The glass back also feels very good in the hand and was specially processed for this purpose. Overall, it is more than visually successful.
The battery could be a bit longer-lasting, but Google guarantees the fastest updates for three years. The camera is a plus point, even if the Pixel 3 only has one lens. However, the interaction with the software has been optimised and artificial intelligence will impress you greatly. As far as performance is concerned, the Snapdragon 845 ensures impeccable performance.
6. Google Pixel 2
Google can also claim to have launched an exorbitantly good smartphone on the market. Although the Pixel 2 only comes with a 5-inch FullHD display, it can compensate for this small weakness with other advantages. For example, there is the incredibly good camera, which was voted test winner by DxOMark.
In addition, the Google Pixel 2 is incredibly fast, has a good battery and the aforementioned display offers OLED technology and 443 PPI. Another decisive factor is the pure Android and the fast updates – because, with Google, you are of course directly at the source.
7. iPhone 8 Plus
Of course, Apple must not be left out when it comes to the mobile phone best list between 5 and 5.5 inches. Here we have chosen the iPhone 8 Plus. Even though there have been no major developments visually, this device is a feast for the eyes. The glass back in particular looks very classy and you simply have to experience the performance for yourself.
The iPhone 8 Plus is currently unbeatable when it comes to pure speed. Apple has also improved the dual camera. We like the shooting mode, which allows 240 frames per second in Full HD. The iPhone 8 Plus is an absolutely rounded story and, as usual with Apple, hardware and software mesh perfectly.
8. Samsung Galaxy XCover 5
The Galaxy XCover 5 also makes it into our ranking of the best phones up to 5.5 inches. The Samsung model boasts an extremely robust casing and has also been awarded the IP68 certificate. This means that the device does not break even during short dives and also proves to be very robust against dust and dirt.
The Galaxy XCover 5 also collects plus points in terms of battery life. The battery capacity of 3000 mAh and an economical Exynos chipset with eight cores are the decisive factors here. The display could be a little sharper, but the model with the 5.3-inch panel is very handy and weighs just 172 grams.
9. Cat S42 H+
The manufacturer CAT is still rather unknown in Europe, but it shouldn’t be too long before the specialist for robust Android mobile phones has made a name for itself in our country. The quality of the models is quite impressive; especially the compact Cat S42 H+ makes a good impression and consequently enters the top 10 of our best list.
Although the smartphone is “only” equipped with an LCD panel, it provides a solid picture thanks to HD+ resolution. In addition, the screen measures just 5.5 inches diagonally. Those who prefer mobile phones with a small display are well served by the Cat S42 H+.
There is also nothing to complain about in terms of battery performance: although the Catphone is quite small, the battery capacity is a whopping 4200 mAh. As a result, the device lasts an extremely long time. Top: Thanks to the Gorilla Glass 5 coating, the model is very resistant to drops.
10. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is another handy smartphone with a lot of content. Sony has increased the display to 5 inches, but it is still a welcome change from the large devices of other manufacturers. The new design is particularly pleasing, as the old breadbox shape has been discarded in the Xperia XZ2 Compact.
The smartphone now fits better in the hand and impresses with its Snapdragon 845, the interesting 3D scan and the overall very good camera. Sony builds in the strengths from the big brother into the Xperia XZ2 Compact and hardly makes any concessions. If you are looking for a compact device, you will find it here. If you like it even smaller, please have a look at our list of smartphones up to 4.7 inches.
11. HTC U11
Who would have thought that HTC would get its act together? Yes, the phones always look great and as far as sound is concerned, there has never been a reason to complain. Still, it didn’t quite work out, but with the U 11, HTC has now really hit the big time. This is due to several factors, which we will briefly go through.
The 5.5-inch LCD display resolves in QHD, it is visually very nice to look at despite quite wide edges, the IP67 certification is also included and the Snapdragon 835 is absolutely high-end – transfer rates of one gigabit are even possible. The camera takes perfect pictures without exaggeration and the casing is pressure-sensitive. We are impressed!
12. Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung simply makes good smartphones. The Galaxy S7 Edge fits in seamlessly, has rounded corners that you can assign shortcuts to and are simply practical. In addition, the price has dropped enormously since the Galaxy S8 is already on the market. We can only warmly recommend this smartphone.
The Galaxy S7 Edge is excellently manufactured, IP68 certified, comes with a card slot and scores with breathtaking performance thanks to the Exynos 8890. QHD is standard for the 5.1-inch display and the camera is desperately looking for a serious competitor.
13. iPhone 7 Plus
A list without an iPhone? It’s hard to imagine: So included is the iPhone 7 Plus. Visually, there are no two opinions and the A10 processor ensures that the inner values are also right. The 5.5-inch display is also convincing when it comes to the stability of the viewing angles or the brightness.
A good reason for Apple is the operating system. iOS 10 runs smoothly and is nevertheless comprehensive in terms of functions. There are advantages in the app selection, and Apple finally includes protection against dust and water in its iPhone. The iPhone 7 Plus also has no weaknesses in the camera – simply a top device.
14. Sony Xperia XZ1
With the Xperia XZ1, Sony has made a huge leap forward, even if the trend towards a bezel-less display has not yet been followed – we hope for 2018. Nevertheless, the device feels good, fits perfectly in the hand and appears very valuable. The performance is great, the battery lasts for a long time and the 5.2-inch Full HD display is also convincing.
The camera of the Xperia XZ1 works very well, even if other manufacturers are slightly ahead. The ability to shoot videos at 960 frames per second is really outstanding. By the way, Android 8 is preinstalled and with the 3D scan function, there is another feature that you can use for AR applications.
15. Nokia 8
Nokia is finally also represented in the high-end sector! Thanks to the Snapdragon 835 with 4 GB RAM, the Nokia 8 is a real alternative to the established sizes. The plus point here is the almost untouched operating system. Fast updates are promised and the performance is so brisk that a Galaxy S8 can only marvel.
In addition to the specs, the Nokia 8 convinces a very clean finish and a noble look. With the 5.3-inch display, you can illuminate entire rooms and VR use is also possible thanks to QHD. The camera is also top-notch, as it was developed in cooperation with Zeiss. Film fans can enjoy the simultaneous use of the front and main camera.
16. Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung is and remains the most popular manufacturer around the world and also looks very good worldwide in terms of sales figures. Yes, with the Galaxy S8, the successor to the S7 is already available, but Samsung has still done everything right with the 5.1-inch device. This smartphone is still one of the best devices available on the market.
The Exynos 8890 offers enough power and, in purely visual terms, Samsung is now on a par with Huawei or Apple in the Galaxy series. The Galaxy S7 is also IP68 certified and the 12-megapixel camera is convincing thanks to larger pixels, open aperture and many other settings: Oldie but Goldie!
17. Huawei P10 Plus
If you can say about a smartphone that it hardly has a weakness, then that’s like an accolade. This is also the case with the Huawei P10 Plus! If you look at the latest smartphones, the edges of the P10 are of course noticeable. But that’s something to get over. The 5.5-inch display has a QHD resolution, is extremely bright and leaves nothing to be desired.
The focus of the Huawei P10 Plus is also on the camera, which was developed in a Leica collaboration. The professional mode in particular offers an incredible number of settings and is also designed for ambitious photographers. The Kirin 960 with its eight cores is still up to date, and the 3,750 mAh battery has plenty of juice. Huawei simply has it!
18. Huawei P10
Like ZTE, Huawei was once absolute exotic in many countries. That has changed and with the P10, Huawei has launched an impressive mobile phone. Thanks to the metal unibody, the 5.1-inch device looks very high-quality and is heavily reminiscent of Apple. The EMUI interface is also very tidy and clear.
In terms of performance, Huawei relies on an eight-core processor for the P10 and the Kirin 960 works quickly and reliably. Anyone who has ever held a Huawei smartphone in their hands also knows how fast a fingerprint sensor can work. The highlight here is also the camera, which leaves nothing to be desired with Leica support.