Is your mobile phone weighing you down? If it is then it may be time to upgrade to one of the lightest smartphones available in the UK today.
As it stands in 2017, consumers can get hold of a smartphone that weighs less than 150g, from almost all brands. And, they are some of the best smartphones that can truly stand up next to their heavier rivals.
We start with the lightest mobile phone, the LG K3. This is a budget handset that firmly fits into the compact bracket, with its 4.5” display. The phones runs Android Marshmallow and features the Quick Memo+ app, which lets you write notes over screenshots and photos.
The LG K3 is the most unremarkable device in our list of light smartphones, but if weight is your sole concern, then this is the lightest.
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The Alcatel Idol 4 uses glass and metal to achieve such a light weight, but best of all, this light smartphones comes with VR Goggles. The 5.2” Full HD display satisfies the visual while two 3.6W speakers satisfy the audio.
The 13MP camera comes with the Fyuse 360 Picture app, which creates a 3D photo that you can pan around.
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The Sony Xperia X Compact is a real gem and its lightness is matched by a softer and more rounded shape, compared to previous Sony phones. The 23MP camera is the star attraction with laser autofocus and predictive hybrid autofocus making it easy to capture professional-like results.
The 4.7” display is woken by tapping the fingerprint sensor and a self learning interface reorganises your home screen apps, based on time and location. Hi-Res Audio is offered through dual front facing speakers and the Battery Care feature manages charging in order to double the life of the battery.
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The Motorola Moto G4 Play is easily affordable on contract or handset only. Feeling almost weightless, this Moto phone brings a Pure Android experience, so it isn’t weighed down by bloatware.
A water repellent nano coating makes the Moto G4 Play practical and when using the 5” HD display, you can shrink the screen size for one-handed use. For photography there is an 8MP camera and the very healthy 2,800mAh battery will see you to the end of the day.
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The Apple iPhone 7 achieves its lightness through having an aluminium unibody and a compact 4.7” display. Smaller than most phones, the iPhone 7 brings the best of Apple, including iOS10, Siri and a water resistant form.
The 12MP camera captures 50% more light, compared to its predecessor and the 7MP FaceTime HD camera takes selfies and video calling to new levels.
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The HTC Desire 530 is a good budget buy on contract and Freestyle Themes break the grid, to give a free hand for app icon placement. This HTC phone features a 5” Super LCD display, Android OS, 8MP camera and 5MP selfie camera.
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The Google Pixel is probably the most desirable smartphone of 2017 and it runs on Android Nougat and is the first phone to have the Google Assistant pre-loaded. Compatible with the Daydream View VR Headset (not included), this light smartphone is for those who love new tech.
Adding to its credentials, we find a fingerprint sensor and a 12.3MP camera that has achieved the highest score ever from DxOMark Mobile.
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The Huawei P9 Lite ends our look at the lightest smartphones of 2017 but it does reward us with exceptional features. Highlights includes a 5.2” Full HD display and fingerprint security that is offered through an all-weather sensor, which can also be used to check notifications, answer calls or take selfies.
There is a main 13MP camera and an 8MP selfie camera with Beauty Mode and Beauty Video Mode. This Android Marshmallow phone has a Smart PA and integrated speaker, for extreme loudness, and remarkably, a 3,000mAh battery is included within its 147 grams.
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Written by: Michael Brown
The lightest mobile phones drop in price over time, so if you are looking for a bargain, then check out these light mobile phones from last year:
1. Apple iPhone SE - 113g - iOS
The Apple iPhone SE is the new holder of the lightest phone title and remarkably weighs in at only 113g.
This most affordable iPhone yet, achieves such status by using premium build materials like aluminium, coupled with a mini-sized 4” screen, which retains a fantastic resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels.
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Launched on the 31st March 2016, this phone has the same processing power as the iPhone 6s, has access to 1.5 million apps in Apple’s App Store and has a fancy 12MP camera that can record at 4K quality and take vibrant pictures under low light with a True Tone Flash.
2. Microsoft Lumia 650 - 122g - Windows
The Microsoft Lumia 650, with its aluminium metal frame, comes in just a few grams heavier at 122g.
Those extra grams afford this smartphone to have an ample 5” display and Microsoft has added sunlight readability enhancements, making the screen the perfect viewfinder for the 8MP camera.
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This phone works on the Windows 10 operating system. This includes the Cortana virtual assistant who can set reminders, give weather updates and provide preemptive traffic reports, based on your typical routine.
3. Huawei P8lite - 131g - Android
The Huawei P8lite is one of the lightest smartphones at just 131 grams.
The 5” canvass offers plenty of viewing space and the phone is pretty slim at 7.7mm thick. Running Android Lollipop, the P8lite has a perfectly flat design where even the lenses for the 13MP/5MP cameras do not break the sleek design.
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Sound takes centre stage again with an integrated and enlarged sound chamber with SmartPA amps. The improved user experience with quick navigation to apps is offered through simply drawing a corresponding letter on the screen.
4. LG G4C - 136g - Android
The LG G4C has a 5” display, Android Lollipop OS and an 8MP/5MP camera set up.
Through the monitoring and analysis of your daily routine, lifestyle suggestions are offered through Smart Notice, which gives you the info it predicts you will need through the day such as weather reports and traffic news.
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This phone has a rear-mounted 1-watt speaker, confirming that light, small and thin phones can still offer big sound.
5. Google Nexus 5X - 136g - Android
The Google Nexus 5X has the biggest display at 5.2” and introduces the new Android Marshmallow OS. This includes the new Now on Tap feature, that with a long press on the home key brings up useful information based on what is on the screen. This could be a review if a restaurant is mentioned, directions if a hotel is mentioned and so on.
The 12.3MP/5MP cameras work well and the phone is secured with the Nexus Imprint Fingerprint Sensor, that allows its owner to pick up and unlock in one action.
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This light phone introduces the new USB Type-C cable, which can be inserted either way up and provides 3.8 hours of use from just 10 minutes charge.
Written by: Michael Brown