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The iPhone SE vs. the competition: Small but strong

Apple's latest smartphone isn't the only compact handset out there.

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In the ongoing march to larger screen sizes, the new iPhone SE might seem like a step backwards. But it's welcome relief to people who find large handsets unwieldy. However, even if few phones aren't as little as the new 4-inch iPhone, there are still plenty of options with smaller-than-average screens and prices to match. We've stacked up the SE against some of the more notable of these petite phones to see which could be worth buying.

iPhone SE Nexus 5X Moto G (2015) OnePlus X
Pricing 9, 9 (off-contract) 9, 9 (off-contract) 0, 0 (off-contract) 9 (off-contract)
Known dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6mm (4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches) 147 x 72.6 x 7.9mm (5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches) 142.1 x 72.4 x 6.1mm (5.59 x 2.85 x 0.24 inches) 140 x 69 x 6.9mm (5.51 x 2.72 x 0.27 inches)
Weight 113g (3.99 ounces) 136g (4.8 ounces) 155g (5.47 ounces) 138 or 160g (4.86 or 5.64 ounces)
Screen size 4 inches (101.6mm) 5.2 inches (132.08mm) 5 inches (127mm) 5 inches (127mm)
Screen resolution 1,136 x 640 (326ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (423 ppi) 1,280 x 720 (294 ppi) 1,920 x 1,080 (441 ppi)
Screen type IPS LCD, Retina HD FHD LCD, Gorilla Glass 3 HD LCD, Gorilla Glass 3 FHD AMOLED, Gorilla Glass 3
Battery N/A 2,700mAh (non-removable) 2,470mAh (non-removable) 2,525mAh (non-removable)
Internal storage 16 / 64GB 16 / 32GB 16 / 32GB 16GB
External storage None None microSD, up to 32GB microSD, up to 128GB
Rear camera 12MP iSight, f/2.2, 1.22µm pixel size 12.3MP, f/2.0, 1.55µm pixel size, dual LED flash, IR laser-assisted autofocus 13MP, f/2.0, dual LED flash, autofocus 13MP, f/2.2
Front-facing cam 1.2MP FaceTime HD, f/2.4 5MP, f/2.0, 1.4µm pixel size 5MP, f/2.2 8MP, f/2.4
Video capture 4K at 30fps 4K at 30fps 1080p at 30fps 1080p
NFC Yes Yes No No
Bluetooth v4.2 v4.2 v4.0 LE v4.0
SoC Apple A9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
CPU 1.8Ghz dual-core 1.8GHz hexa-core 1.4GHz quad-core 2.3GHz quad-core
GPU PowerVR GT7600 Adreno 418 Adreno 306 Adreno 330
RAM 2GB 2GB 1 / 2GB 3GB
WiFi Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Dual band, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Operating system iOS 9 Android 6.0 Android 5.1.1 Oxygen OS (Android 5.1.1)
Standout features Touch ID, Retina flash Nexus Imprint, USB Type-C IPX7 water resistance FM radio, Ambient Display

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