TechStage | Mini-Phones: The smallest mobile phones from 12 euros for travel, emergencies & Co.

Super small cell phones are niche products. For example, the suppository-sized devices fulfill their dubious purpose as souvenirs from prison. They are useful for a larger target audience, for example as an emergency cell phone when jogging in the evening, when traveling or when going out. This is particularly useful because some of the tiny ones are extremely cheap at less than 20 euros. The L8Star BM70 costs only 12 euros on Aliexpress (purchase link) plus 7.15 euros shipping.

You sometimes have to make massive compromises with the tiny devices in terms of equipment, operation and camera compared to cheap smartphones. But they are small enough for really tiny trouser pockets. Another benefit of some very small models is their long battery life. Some cell phones last a week or more before they have to be connected to the network again. Even the most expensive and best smartphones in the world can only dream of this.

But there are also smartphones that are hardly bigger than a credit card. They offer a display size of 2.4 to 4 inches and still have a full Android operating system. For more information, we recommend our purchase advice for mini cell phones with Android: The smallest smartphones up to 4 inches.

Can’t get any smaller: That Taiml X6 is about 68 x 32 x 12 millimeters in size and looks like a car key. This even goes so far that the manufacturer leans the back on the design of a BMW car key – including the buttons for opening the car and the trunk.

Nevertheless, two SIM cards fit into the mini cell phone. Telephone calls are made via the 2G network. The Mediatek MT6261DA is used as the processor. The meager internal memory of 32 MB can be expanded to up to 16 GB via an SD card. This is useful for using the internal recording function, for example.

The display measures 17 millimeters diagonally, has a resolution of 64 x 48 pixels and shows incoming calls, alarm clock, calendar, pocket calculator and more. The Taiml can connect to a headset via Bluetooth, for example, in order to play MP3s stored on it. A voice changer is also on board. The battery has a capacity of 350 mAh. That should be enough for a standby time of ten days. Unfortunately it has Taiml X6 no vibration function.

That Soyes S7+ has roughly the edge length of a credit card and is less than 7 millimeters thick. The manufacturer manages to accommodate a 1.5-inch color display with a resolution of 240 × 180 pixels in the slim dimensions, but it is not touch-capable. It is operated exclusively via the backlit buttons. Especially when typing in names using the number pad, one becomes painfully aware of how convenient a touchscreen with a virtual keyboard is.

As an extra it has Soyes S7+ a camera unit with three lenses based on the iPhone camera on its back. Only one of the three lenses has a sensor with the weak resolution of 0.9 megapixels. The pictures shot with it are underground and are reminiscent of the first attempts at walking with early camera cell phones. That Soyes S7+ only saves the images if a microSD card has been inserted beforehand. Users can also store MP3 songs there and play them through the loud but flat internal speaker. The cell phone doesn’t know Bluetooth, and it doesn’t have a jack port either. However, it can drive USB headphones. The LED headlights on the back of the cell phone are very practical.

Inside, a Mediatek MTK6261M ensures fast response times thanks to the slim operating system without games, animations or similar frills. The 400 mAh battery is designed to power the phone in standby for six days before it needs to be charged via the micro USB socket. Many languages ​​are available in the options, including German.

Why the manufacturer his cell phone mite Long CZ J8 and did not name Short-CZ J8 will probably remain his secret. Because with 6.8 × 2.3 × 1.1 centimeters and 18 grams, it is clearly one of the short cell phones. It offers a 1.7 centimeter OLED display, micro USB, memory for 500 phone numbers, a talk time of five hours and a standby time of four days. It also connects via Bluetooth, for example, to Bluetooth headphones (for less than 30 euros in the comparison test) in order to make phone calls or to use the FM transmitter for VHF reception. However, a headset is not really necessary. Because that Long CZ J8 users plug directly into their ears. It comes in a black and a gold (!) version and costs around 31 euros.

on Banggood (buy link) is there that Aiek KK1. It’s similar to that Long CZ J8but costs a little less at 24 euros.

Zanco specializes in particularly small cell phones. With the Zanco Tiny T1 mobile phone miniaturization has reached its peak. In the meantime, however, it looked as if the dwarf would never be ready for series production. Because the successfully funded Kickstarter campaign was canceled in June 2018 due to a dispute between the manufacturer and the marketer, the backers got their money back. However, that didn’t stop producer Zini Mobiles from Zanco Tiny T1 nevertheless as supposedly the smallest mobile phone in the world.

Its entire technology is in a 47 × 21 × 12 millimeter housing and weighs a delicate 13 grams. Nevertheless, there is space for a monochrome OLED display with a diagonal of 1.2 centimeters, which even supports SMS with a resolution of 64 × 32 pixels -Can view messages. The T9 keyboard is fully functional. The Zanco Tiny T1 has a loudspeaker and a microphone for telephoning in the 2G network, but it can also connect to headsets via Bluetooth.

A Mediatek MTK6261D is used as the processor, which is supported by 32 MB of RAM. Up to 300 contacts fit on the 32 MB internal memory. The battery should last three days in standby or provide three hours of talk time. That will be loaded Zanco Tiny T1 via Micro-USB, for the SIM card the device uses the nano format. As a gimmick, the device distorts the owner’s voice if desired.

As of May 2022, that costs Zanco Tiny T1 49 euros. Anyone who wants can also go to Zanco Tiny grasp. This is significantly cheaper at 13 euros plus shipping.

That’s 20 grams Zanco Bee a good 50 percent heavier than that Zanco Tiny T1 and still a flyweight. It comes with the dimensions 72 × 23 × 13 millimeters, offers a monochrome OLED display with a diagonal of 1.7 centimeters and a resolution of 64 × 48 pixels.

Its battery has a capacity of 240 mAh and lasts three days in standby or three hours of talk time in the 2G network. The battery can be charged via micro USB. Of course, there are no apps, but it also distorts the voice if desired. That seems to be a popular gimmick in jail cell phones. Bluetooth is also on board for connecting to a headset. Zanco has dispensed with a camera, touch display, vibration alarm and other bells and whistles in favor of the small size. The tiny cell phone is also under the name Zanco Fly available. On Aliexpress (purchase link) the phone costs about 21 euros.

It’s hard to beat the miniaturization of the Zanco Tiny T1. Nevertheless, the Mini Thumb Handy L8Star BM70 comes damn close: It is 6.4 × 2.4 × 1.2 centimeters in size and weighs 18 grams. You can use it to make calls as usual. Optionally, a silicone plug can be attached to the back to wear it as a headset.

The 300 mAh battery lasts for five days of standby or two hours of continuous telephony. The battery is charged via micro USB. The OLED display with a diagonal of 1.7 centimeters has a resolution of 64 × 48 pixels. The small keyboard navigates through phone book, messages, call history, SMS and calendar. The menu is even in German. The L8Star BM70 is very cheap on Aliexpress (purchase link) at 12 euros. In our price comparison, it costs 23 euros.

Tiny mobile phones offer hardly any functions, they cost little money and fit in every pocket. In addition, they often even outperform the big ones in terms of their battery life. This is one of the reasons why they are ideal as a second cell phone or emergency cell phone, for example when jogging or traveling. The outdoor model Cyrus cyr10041 surprises with an IP68 certification, making it the ideal companion for sailing trips or long hikes. In addition to their small size and inconspicuous design, the mobile dwarfs from Zanco also offer voice distortion – a prankster for anyone who thinks of illegal operations here.

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