Chinese vendor Gionee has pulled the curtains on its newest Android handset, the Gionee Elife S5.1. Its predecessor, the Elife S5.5, was released not long ago, and quickly became notable for its body thickness, an ultra-thin 0.22 inches (5.5mm). Now, Gionee has outdone itself yet again, producing a smartphone whose sides measure a groundbreaking 0.2-inches thin (5.15mm)!
This thinner than a pencil Slim Jim's exact dimensions are 5.5 inches x 2.65 inches x 0.2 inches (139.8mm×67.4mm×5.15mm). The phone's sides carry the maximum thinness, while the upper and lower sides are slightly wider - possibly in order to accommodate the micro-USB port and headphone jack.
Aside from being fashionably skinny, the Gionee Elife S5.1 is a compact and beautiful phone with more refined looks compared to its predecessor. Alas, the trade-off is that Gionee has opted for mid-range internals for one reason or another - possibly to not strain the 2100mAh battery it somehow managed to fit in its chassis.
The Gionee (by the way it’s pronounced JinLee in China and JoNee in the rest of the world) Elife S5.5 is a truly stunning piece of design. It’s so thin we actually dropped it twice just trying to get used to that slimness! The exact thickness measure is 5.5mm (0.22 inches), while the Galaxy S5 for instance is nearly 50% thicker. It’s made out of glass and the sides are made of metal - it looks extremely sleek, really a looker. As for specs, it doesn't disappoint, with a 5" 1080p display, octa-core processor, and a 13 MP camera on the back.
Vivo, the high-end brand of BBK, which is also behind the Oppo, and, ehm, OnePlus handsets, has never ceased to amaze us with intriguing smartphones, which are, unfortunately, priced as such. Take the Vivo X3, for instance - announced last summer, it still commands a flagship price, even in China, and for a good reason. The phone sports a gorgeous, 0.26" (5.75mm) thin body, still fitting a 5" HD display in there, and a top-notch Hi-Fi audio system, that Vivo is renowned for - a combo of quality sound processor, expensive headphones, and great speakers.
The power is strong with this one, as last year's Huawei flagship struts its 0.24" (6.18mm) physique with the aplomb of Alessandra Ambrosio on the catwalk. You can get it on Amazon for less than $300 now, though its specs are in the midrange category now, at a 4.7" HD panel, and an 8 MP camera.
While we can only tongue-in-cheek call Sony's Xperia Z Ultra a phone, the 6.4-incher was the thinnest watertight smartphone upon introduction last summer, which speaks volumes about Sony's engineering prowess. It features a 0.26 inches (6.5mm) chassis, 1080p display, and a speedy Snapdragon 800 processor, too.
At 0.26 inches (6.5mm), the Ascend P7 might be thicker than the P6, and a full millimeter thicker than the Elife S5.5, or the Vivo IV, yet in smartphone terms it is one of the most anorexic handsets out there, beautifully clad in glass and steel to boot, and with a 5" 1080p display. As for the references to the iPhone design, well, it's not only Huawei that is milking that cow, plus the iPhone 5s is a full millimeter and change thicker than the Ascend P7.
Going with the flow, Samsung outed its long-awaited "metal-clad" handset, under the title Galaxy Alpha, indicating there might be more to come in this line. It turned out that the Alpha is not exactly made out of the premium material, rather only the frame and side rim, but nevertheless it clocks at only 0.26" (6.7mm), making it the thinnest handset of the world's largest smartphone maker, and one of its lightest.
Last year's Alcatel flagship, the OneTouch Idol X, really made the rounds, as it featured one of the slimmest chassis out there, at 0.27" (6.9mm, and at the same time offered a 5" 1080p display and a 13 MP camera for half the price of the flagships at the time. It is still one of the thinnest and lightest well-spec'd and affordable smartphones out there.
The Lenovo Vibe X, introduced late last year, is a 6.9mm and 121g slim and sleek device with fine internals. Under the hood, you'll find a 5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display, quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T SoC, 2GB of RAM, , a 13MP rear camera with an auto-focus BSI sensor and LED flash, and a 5MP front camera with a wide-angle lens.
Last but not least here is another Sony handset, the 5.3" T3 that got introduced last month with the whopping for this ranking 0.28" (7mm) thickness. Any way you slice it, though (and you can do some slicing with this one), the Xperia T3 is still one of the thinnest smartphones out there, and looks pretty with its stainless steel frame.