In a world where phablets dominate the stage, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find real smartphones with compact sizes every day. In 2019, mobile phones even passed the diagonal of a 7-inch display, and with folding phones they become even larger. But there are several more compact phones, and we decided to write a comparison of the characteristics of three of them.
We are talking about the Sony Xperia Ace, which is the successor to the XZ Compact line, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, which is an affordable version of Mi 9, and Pixel 3a, which is currently the most affordable Google phone. All are compact and lightweight, but how much is your money? Here you have to find out.
Sony Xperia Ace vs Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Google Pixel 3a
Sony Xperia Ace
Google pixel 3a
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
|DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT||140 x 67 x 9.3 mm, 154 grams||151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm, 147 grams||147.5 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm, 155 g|
|DISPLAY||5 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD +), 483 ppi, IPS LCD||5.6 inches, 1080 x 2220p (Full HD +), 441 ppi, 18.5: 9, OLED||5.97 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 432 dpi, 19.5: 9 ratio, Super AMOLED|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, octa-core 2.2 GHz||Qualcomm Snapdragon 670, 8 GHz, 8-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 712, Octa-core 2.3 GHz|
|MEMORY||4 GB RAM, 64 GB|
micro SD slot
|4 GB RAM, 64 GB||6 GB RAM, 64 GB|
6 GB RAM, 128 GB
|SOFTWARE||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie, MIUI|
|COMPOUND||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS|
8 megapixel front camera
|12.2 MP f / 1.8|
8MP f / 2.0 front camera
|Triple 48 + 13 + 8 MP f / 1.8, f / 2.4 and f / 2.4|
20 megapixel f / 2.0 front camera
|BATTERY||2700 mAh||3000 mAh|
18W fast charge
|3070 mAh, quick charge 18 W|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||Hybrid dual SIM slot||Dual SIM slot|
When it comes to compact phones, dimensions are more important than design, especially in such a comparison. Sony Xperia Ace is the most compact phone, its dimensions are only 140 x 67 mm. This is surprising if you want a phone that is easy to use with one hand or always in your pocket. While the Xperia Ace is the most compact, Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is definitely the most beautiful because of its impressive glass back panel and narrow bezels around the water display. Unlike its competitors, it has a real premium design, like flagship phones. But it is much more than Xperia Ace.
The best display quality is provided by Xiaomi Mi 9 SE, as it is the only HDR-compatible, therefore it is able to better reproduce colors, especially in multimedia content. Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is also the only one that has Samsung's Super AMOLED panel and a fingerprint reader on the display. Secondly, we got the Google Pixel 3a, which still has an OLED display but no HDR technology.
On the other hand, it has louder stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm audio jack, which is not in Xiaomi Mi 9 SE. Sony Xperia Ace has the smallest display with a diagonal of only 5 inches, but this is just the middle panel IPS. Stereo speakers and a 3.5mm jack are also present on the Xperia Ace.
Features and software
The hardware comparison leaves no doubt: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is stronger thanks to its best Snapdragon 712 chipset. In addition, unlike two opponents, it has 6 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of internal memory. Google Pixel 3a and Sony Xperia Ace are only available in 4/64 GB configurations. On the other hand, the Google Pixel 3a comes standard with Android, and given that it is a Google phone, it is more secure and will be updated faster and more continuously with the latest major versions of Android and security updates. That's why the Pixel 3a is the perfect phone for developers.
Google Pixel 3a borrowed the rear camera sensor from the vanilla Pixel 3, and this means that it provides the flagship class camera. Despite the fact that it has only one camera on the rear panel, it wins in comparing cameras thanks to a higher sensor and a more advanced algorithm, as well as optical stabilization and amazing characteristics in low light conditions.
Right after that, we got the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE with its universal triple camera, including a high-performance 48 megapixel sensor, a telephoto lens and an ultra-wide sensor.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE is not so surprising when it comes to battery life, while Google Pixel 3a and Sony Xperia Ace are much better due to their better software optimization, with minor differences in most scenarios. Overall, the Google Pixel 3a is the most compelling and has very fast charging technology.
While the Google Pixel 3a costs between 400 euros / 443 euros and the Sony Xperia Ace costs 396 euros / 440 dollars, in the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE the starting price is only 280 euros / 310 US dollars. In the end, I would personally choose Google Pixel 3a because of its flagship camera, better work with Android, but Xiaomi Mi 9 SE has a higher price-quality ratio. You should choose Sony Xperia Ace only if you need a real compact phone with a very small size, otherwise its competitors are the best devices in terms of technical characteristics and capabilities.
Sony Xperia Ace vs Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Google Pixel 3a: pros and cons
Sony Xperia Ace
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Google pixel 3a
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