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Thin is in! Here is how flagship smartphones compare in thickness

Thin is in! Here is how flagship smartphones compare in thickness
A thin smartphone is a hot smartphone, there's no second opinion about it. Slimmer handsets are more attractive visually and easier to slip into pockets of all sizes. Yet designing an exceptionally slim smartphone without that having a detrimental effect on its functionality or battery life is a job tougher than one might think. Each component has to be selected carefully and positioned optimally in order for the targeted thickness figure to be achieved. 

Nevertheless, it looks like the record for the world's slimmest smartphone is about to be broken once again. The soon-to-be-announced Gionee GN9005 is expected to be only 0.2 inches (5 millimeters) thick, as indicated by its certification documents. If the figure is accurate, it would make this the new thinnest smartphone in existence. In comparison, the current holder of the title is under 0.22 inches (5.55 millimeters) thick. That's the Gionee Elife S5.5, which we had the chance to get our hands on earlier this year.  

So, how do the flagship smartphones from leading companies rank on the chart? How do they compare when stacked against each other? Long story short, most flagships don't get even close to the thinness of the S5.5. Actually, the average thickness of a flagship smartphone hovers around the 0.35-inch mark (8.9 millimeters), with the Moto X being nearly twice as thick as Gionee's fashionable handset and the iPhone 5s ranking among the thinnest top handsets around. 

To give you a broader perspective on the matter, we've prepared a visualization comparing the thicknesses of flagship smartphones, and you can take a look at it in the slideshow below. Also, make sure to flick through the following slides and learn more about the thinnest handsets produces by the most popular companies in the smartphone business.

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posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:28 5

1. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The fourth One from the left is the best of the lot...apart from its camera.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:14

24. pulkit1 (Posts: 246; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)


100 % agreed. +1

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:31

27. cncrim (Posts: 501; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


Thin is great, but it is nothing if battery not last longer than 3 hours of use. Agree?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 14:08

40. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 92; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


hint hint: iPhone 5s :)
Oh, and the only reason it's that thin is because Sammy or Motorola or HTC or LG or whatever could EASILY fit the stuff in the 5s in something as small as the 5s.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 14:30 1

41. Vexify (limited) (Posts: 570; Member since: 16 Jun 2014)


Just so your ignorance gets addressed, my 5s lasts my entire workday (8 hours) and by the time I get home its at 30%. That is with moderate use. I still have an extra 3 hours by the time I arive home.
Many Note 3's make it around 8 hours on average with moderate use. Compare both battery sizes. I dont want to hear either that Note 3's can last two days. They can, and so can my iPhone 5s and Nexus.

1) Battery usage all depends on the user and his/her actions/the way they use their phones.

2) Software optimizations. Root, jailbreak, roms, the OS in general. Etc.

3) I can keep making a list, but this topic is not generic.

TLDR; Annoyed of ignorant fanboys saying iPhones and other certain phones last a few hours. Use your brains once in a while.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 16:01

45. Ethos (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


no i disagree .. i have 6mm phone and battery is just great two days runs
http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Ethos-Evoss/library/Vivo%20X3S?sort=3&page=1

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 16:00

44. Ethos (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


noo that is proper shovel

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:30 8

2. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 818; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


9mm is the sweetspot IMO, give me a huge battery in a 9mm chassis and i'll be happy. Also phones with curved backs give the illusion of being much slimmer like the Moto X and M8, and i would swear the M8 is 9,4mm thick and not 9,7mm, as it says so on HTC's website and every single other website.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:38

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


my point exactly below.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:20 1

14. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


What do you do with your phone and keys when you’re not wearing a jacket? I hate to go to all the trouble of choosing a sleek-looking pair of slim Armani, D&G, Prada, Moschino, Versace jeans only to ruin the look with bulging pockets full of necessities?

Yuck

You want a slick slim phone, not a brick bulging phone

Lmfao

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:52 3

16. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


to each his own. besides not everyone keeps their phones in the pockets, some keep it in a bag, some just hold it the entire time.and also not everyone is into wearing suffocating jeans (also i really dont understand why you had to list brands tbh).

plus if a person feels more comfortable holding a 9.7mm thick phone over 7mm one, who are you to say otherwise?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:06

18. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It was an opinion

When you go out and about or night out, don't you dress up nice sexy and make an effort to look great and stunning?

So we should not look after ourselves?
Buy and wear cheap junk primark typical clothes?

I wasn't insulting anyone.
It was my personal view, like he had his.

Suffocating jeans. Do you wear lose baggy clothes?
Slim fit tailored fit clothes looks much better normal fit.

I believe your just a typical, basic guy?

Whose not into designer brand and good living and eating.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:29 4

21. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


again, not everyone keeps their phones in their pockets. and if you were more respect of someone else's opinion, you wouldnt have typed
"Yuck

You want a slick slim phone, not a brick bulging phone

Lmfao"

and i do not buy cheap junk primark typical clothes nor do i wear baggy clothes. i wear slim fit jeans and slim fit tees but i keep my phone in my bag/back pocket so the front looks nice still.

oh and let me remind you, not everyone in the world has the means to afford designer brands, good food and a great life. dont ever forget that before you make such cheap low shots at anyone EVER. if you think that branded goods and the high life is all there is to life, you are incredibly superficial.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:29

26. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Me and Straightedge nexus have our agrees and disagree.

Your not a regular guy who comes on here on knows who is who and what they like.

I wasn't having a go at no one. It was my personal feeling that how I felt.

You pay for what you get

It's called prestige

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 21:36 1

47. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)


i come on here every day lol. just because i dont devote my time to commenting as much as you do doesnt mean i dont frequent this site.

i dont care about "prestige" or whatever, the fact of the matter is you should NEVER make such low shots at anyone. it reflects very poorly on ur upbringing

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 22:41 2

48. AlbertAribe (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Jun 2014)


Are you gay?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:20 2

29. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Actually rectangular, blocky phones hurt pockets, not curved ones. Go try one first.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:04

34. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


I know, like the Z1

Some sacrifice style over comfortablitly

If something does not look nice to you, will you still buy it?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:30 1

3. Wolf_Blitza (Posts: 18; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Galaxy S4: 7.9mm/0.31"

Another reason the GS5 was a step-backwards

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:23

15. darkskoliro (Posts: 970; Member since: 07 May 2012)


To accompany waterproof standards and other stuff? Sure id take that any day. You're comparing such insignificant changes...

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:23

30. Philipand96 (Posts: 38; Member since: 12 Jul 2014)


@icyrock1

"Yep. The obsession with thinness is getting out of hand."

I totally agree.
The Gionee phone may become the first phone to have a "flexible" screen unintentionally that is!

The phone "models" list must be retaining water... or something

Despite the phones being thinner at they are getting bigger with the increased display sizes that is becoming the norm.

Now APPLE have led the way with FUTURE iPhones having 4.7" and 5.5" displays you can bet that all the other major players will FOLLOW and jump on the Apple bandwagon in having larger displays also.

Thin they may be Weight of the phone listed varies

Moto X 130g Lumia 930 167g
Z30 170g One M8 160g
G3 149g Nexus 5 130g
Z2 163g SGS 5 145g
IP5S 112g Gionee 133g

I use 2 phones now the 2nd now is a Payg ex contract both with screen sizes of 4.3"

The weights are PAYG 112g (8.5mm) to contract 160g (9.9mm)

My 8.5mm feels very light and not at as sturdy as the 9.9mm after prolonged use of the contract, but on its own 8.5mm is very sturdy and I have never thought it was too thin or fragile

8.5mm is also 3mm thicker than the gionee 5.5 which has a 5" screen

I keep my phone in a case inside a pocket, and as good as the mirror and other say I look in a pair of tight denims (non designer) ..... that's the statement

I never carry my phone in any close fitting trouser pocket, nor do I hold onto it all day, I find holding anything in my hand for 5 minutes or so irritating.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 13:12

35. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"Now APPLE have led the way with FUTURE iPhones having 4.7" and 5.5" displays you can bet that all the other major players will FOLLOW and jump on the Apple bandwagon in having larger displays also."

Brother, where have you been hiding all these years? Or are you from Mars?

Apple leading the way with 4.7 & 5.5 inch phones & others jumping on the bandwagon? Now I have heard everything.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:32 1

4. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


The Lumia 925... I guess that's the thinnest WP device to date... .33" not bad.
............
We need a L935 follow up to the 925 for T-Mobile, and Sprint..

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:08

12. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And the L1030. And 1530 with S805 with 3gb Ram. At 7mm

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:13 1

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3438; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


1520 successor will be slim and will have great specs.......Goldfinger

http://static.knowyourmobile.com/sites/knowyourmobilecom/files/styles/gallery_wide/public/6/74/nokiaeosmetal.jpg?itok=XOAZq9bk

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 14:03

39. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 818; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


The Ativ SE is just a little bit thinner than the 925, measuring 8.4mm thick instead of 8.5mm of the 925.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:33

5. DogeShibe (Posts: 292; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Nope...i prefer more fleshy ;)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:35 4

6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Once you're under 10mm, what's the point? I'd rather have it be a little thicker and have a larger battery. I'm thinking 8-9mm is peak.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:41 5

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3540; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I actually think the thickness of my 1520 is pretty good considering it's overall size... Only 8.7mm for a 6" is actually relatively thin, but not too thin... I'd rather have solid than ultra thin any day.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:35 1

22. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Yep. The obsession with thinness is getting out of hand.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:35 8

7. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I bet moto X and Htc One M8 are the slimmest while actually handling. Curved backs FTW!!!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:38 1

9. DogeShibe (Posts: 292; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


I agree on Moto X

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:12 1

13. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Yuck looks ugly and wobbly when left on the table. Awkward to text and dial.

Flat rear back Ftw

They should use SID batteries, which preforms 30% better than Lithium. And provides an extra 500mah on a 3000mah.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:21 3

25. amats69 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


stop saying yuck...only gays uses that frequently

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:32

28. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It's another formal way of not saying: disgusting, ugly, ..

Do they? Maybe where you live they do, not here in iTaly.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:24 1

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I've already told you, curved back phones are not curved enough to wobble. Also I usually pick my phone for texting.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 06:47

11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2624; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Why Gionee Elife S5.5's photo is not shown?

8-12mm is good IMO.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 07:56

17. jacko1977 (Posts: 388; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


i still remember the ijunk 5 keynote claiming it was the thinnest phone in the world pfft

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 13:47

37. syncronyze (Posts: 94; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


it was the thinnest phone in the world at the time, idiot

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 13:53

38. syncronyze (Posts: 94; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


well, at least in the US. "in the world" was a dumb claim but it was still one of the thinnest phones ever lol

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:08 1

19. abdulmukta1234 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Jul 2014)


I just think iphone looks ugly thick or thin

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 08:09 1

20. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


I'm Ok yet with my N5s, that's slim enough for my tastes.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:28 2

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3202; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


True, nexus 5 has the best ergonomics among 5 inch phones. Its unique shape and just perfect dimensions have made it my favorite phone in handling terms :)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 11:49

33. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


It does feel good to hold.
It's a good size.

Though I'm hoping for a radical shift with this years Nexus, each one has been quite a departure from the previous Nexus.
I believe that will happen again.

lol I recently found in a box of old phones my Sharp Rx300 which ran on a double A battery, and my old Sonly Clie SJ20 or 22, lost the flip cover 33 long ago.
Them are thick PDA, makes my Nexus look like a postcard.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 13:15 1

36. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


She said last night that she likes it thick

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 14:54 2

42. airstream25 (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Jun 2011)


In my opinion, thin is not the goal. Performance and long battery life are far more important.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 15:56

43. Ethos (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


jesus christ
they are all so thick like brick only one is OK whhich is iphone !
BUT !! where did u forget Vivo X3S W ????

http://s1295.photobucket.com/user/Ethos-Evoss/library/Vivo%20X3S?sort=3&page=1

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 17:39

46. Mr.Xperia (unregistered)


An honorable mention could be the Xperia Z Ultra with 6.5mm

posted on 31 Jul 2014, 22:28

49. jsdechavez (Posts: 702; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I prefer a phone that has the right heft or feel to the hand, not so to trouble me when it falls on my face when I doze off or not so light to feel like a toy, and not so thin and wide to trouble me in handling.

posted on 02 Aug 2014, 02:47

50. Fellwalker (Posts: 37; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


To Nick T., author of this piece of drivel. Thank you for telling me that I do not hold a valid opinion. I do not find a thin phone to be hot. I just look at it and think that the marketing types have won again over the practical bods. Give me another few (or many} mm and another few hours of useful life. Please stop hyping thinness, and start pushing for a phone that will cope with a hard day's work, and have the potential to last a weekend without being recharged.
I agree that fitting components into a space is a real skill, though computers can do it nowadays. Making a phone thin without compromise is the key, as you say, but then you do not give us comparative info to make any sort of judgement except that this is a fluff article.

posted on 02 Aug 2014, 14:07

51. Ethos (Posts: 59; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


And I forgot mention ; where the hell is Huawei Ascend P7 ??? it is fkin slim as fuk ..

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