Poll results: Would you buy a smartphone that's thinner than 5 mm?

There’s no doubt that slim smartphones are elegant and good-looking, but just how thin is too thin? The latest trend is to slim handsets down to unimaginable numbers: currently, the thinnest (officially announced) smartphone in the world is the Oppo R5, which measures 148.9 x 74.5 x 4.85 mm - it’s so slim that it can’t feature a standard 3.5 mm headset jack. Next month, Vivo will reportedly release a handset that’s even thinner, albeit not by much: the X5 Max, which measures 153.9 x 78 x 4.75 mm.

We were curious to know what our readers thought about the arrival of these new ultra-slim handsets. So last week we ran a poll with the question: “Would you buy a smartphone that's thinner than 5 mm?”

954 voters (36.66%) answered “yes” - they would get a smartphone that’s thinner than 5 mm, though some commentators have pointed out that this would happen only if the device had decent battery life. On the flip side, 1648 voters (63.34%) don’t want an ultra-slim handset - because it’s uncomfortable to hold, or it comes with too many compromises.

If you didn't get the chance to vote in our poll, feel free to use the comments section and tell us what your opinion about super-thin smartphones is.

Would you buy a smartphone that's thinner than 5 mm?




1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Shocker? I think not. From bending issues to limited battery capacity, thinner phones cause too many issues.

7. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

for me absence of 3.5 mm headphone port, like OPPO's new slim phone, is deal-breaker. Yes there is USB audio out support in lollipop but "USB headphones" , I don't think they are easy to buy. Other factors like battery life and bending issues are also as important.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Crap... I never even thought about that. That's a big issue, though now that you brought it up, the micro USB headphones finally make sense to me. And I'm actually all for thinner phones, but they have to come with ZERO compromise. Meaning they have to be durable, have amazing longevity, headphone solution, maybe Bluetooth? If you manage to do all that, then count me in. Until then, I'll drool over phones like the Droid Turbo and it's killer battery.

2. Sauce2

Posts: 199; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Too many haters and fanboys on this site to have a fair pole. To have ANY fair poles. Until their favorite phone they are fanboys to becomes sexily thin, they will go against it. That, and if its Apple/Samsung lol.

12. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nothing to do with fanboys 5mm or less is jus too thin, it's all about battery, we want bigger Battery's not ultra thin phones.

3. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

"Yes, only if its an iPhone" One more option needs to be added as nuts can buy anything for any price.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Not until it stops being a compromised handset. That thin and its not premium, its low end with a premium tag. When you start losing the basics like a headset jack, your just silly.

5. djk4363

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Who needs another #bendgate?

15. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

i think would be #snapgate in this instance

6. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

So basically plenty of those fanboys of Android Honeycomb with 14mm thick phones around here.

17. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I'm a fanboy with a 14mm thick phone running honeycomb. haha

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Thinnovation is the new trend. Unfortunately, Apple is the only company that makes it worth buying. Oppo is lucky to sell 2-3 million of these due to Android competiton.

10. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow. The isheep are getting worse and worse.

11. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Only if it's at least as sturdy as the current iPhone 6 though I hope for a more reinforced body.

13. android_hitman unregistered

A bunch of kids voted here. This poll can relate to a 1997 poll asking people: would you rather use a phone with physical keyboard or one with touch screen? ofc the first option will win.

14. Arte.8800

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Voted yes. Love slim phones. Great having it for 2nd phone.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

If it's an iPhone....

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