Slimmer than slim: Here are 12 smartphones that are thinner than the iPhone 6

When Apple announces a new product, you can almost always be sure that the company is going to boast about how it managed to make it x amount thinner by accomplishing z and y feats. In fact, as far as Cupertino's mobile devices are concerned, we can think of only one instance when a new generation of product was thicker than the older gen – the “New iPad”, a.k.a. the iPad 3 had to get bulkier than its predecessor, most probably due to the fact that it was rocking a crisp retina screen (2048 x 1536) and needed some extra battery to keep the lights on for what is now a standard amount of time for iPads (~10 hours). Nevertheless, the Cupertino slate has evolved quite a bit since then and has fallen in line with Apple's custom to always go thinner.

Of course, when Apple took the stage to announce the iPhone 6 and its brand-new form factor this past September, everyone expected two things – (finally) a larger screen and (naturally) an even thinner device than the already compact iPhone 5s. And that is what happened – the 4.7” display-equipped iPhone 6's body has around 10% of its profile shaved off when compared to its predecessor.

But does that make the iPhone 6 the thinnest smartphone in the world? No, not at all. Let's check out all the competitors that have a thinner body than Apple's flagship.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The first Sammy phone to rock the new “premium” design language that Samsung started to develop in an attempt to get back the traction it had back in Galaxy SIII times. The Galaxy Alpha did not disappoint, with a beautiful chamfered frame, slim profile, and very pleasant feel to the touch. In the hardware department, this handset is nothing to smirk at as well, as it sports an octa-core Exynos 5 5430 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and a 12 MP snapper, which we found to be quite satisfactory.

Samsung Galaxy A5

A successor to what the Galaxy Alpha started, the Galaxy A5 is a good looking midranger, marketed to the younger crowd with its capable cameras. In the background, one can see a modest hardware, which is arguably worth the ~$400 (off-contract) price-tag – a Snapdragon 401 SoC with the Adreno 306 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Still, the phone certainly looks good, and we suppose that's what Sammy is relying on with it.

Samsung Galaxy A7

The bigger sibling of the A5 and the “slimmest smartphone ever built by Samsung” - the Galaxy A7 is just 0.25” thick and sports a large 5.5” screen and a slightly better hardware than the A5, bringing it to the upper-end of the midrange space. The Galaxy A7 rocks a Snapdragon 615 SoC with an Adreno 405 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. It, of course, also has capable snappers, with a 13 MP rear cam and a 5 MP fron-facing one.

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung's newest flagship – the Galaxy S6 is almost as thick as the iPhone 6 – both handsets measure around 0.27” in profile. However, measured in mm, the Galaxy S6 is ahead, being just 6.8 mm thin, whereas the iPhone 6 measures at 6.9 mm.

The Galaxy S6 looks like it has a lot of potential to become one of the hottest smartphones of 2015. Starting with its pristine design, metal-and-glass construction, really, really good camera, improved fingerprint sensor, super-powerful processor, and Samsung marketing it with pride – the S6 and its S6 edge sibling are already seeing a ton of pre-orders.

Huawei Ascend P7

A premium metal-and-glass smartphone by Huawei, which was released in May last year, the Ascend P7 rocks the homemade Kirin 910T chip, armed with a Mali-T450 GPU and 2 GB of RAM. Additionally, its snappers are quite capable, with a 13 MP sensor for the rear one and an 8 MP sensor on the selfie side.

Huawei P8

The freshly-announced Huawei P8 sports the newest Huawei SoC – the Kirin 930, a Mali-T628 GPU, and 3 GB of RAM. Still designed and built to look stylish and to feel premium, the new flagship brings just the upgrades it needs in order to stay in the game in 2015.

Huawei P8max

The phablet version of the P8, the P8max is just an oversized version of the mainstream flagship. The main difference here is the 6.8” screen on the phablet. Of course, the max version is also slightly thicker than the “normal” counterpart, but it stops at 6.8 mm – just 0.1 mm shy of the iPhone 6's thickness.


A rebranded edition of the Gionee Elife S5.5, which BLU sells in more countries across the world. The original version of this phone actually held the title for “thinnest smartphone in the world” for a while. On the hardware end, it's not too shabby, sporting a MediaTek 6592 with ARM Mali-450 and 2 GB of RAM under the hood, and taking snaps with a 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo.

BLU Vivo Air

Another rebrand – this one is of the Gionee Elife S5.1 – the phone, which replaced the Elife 5.5 on the “slimmest smartphone” throne. However, its hardware has been slimmed down, too – while it still has an MT6592 humming under its hood, this time around it's only coupled with 1 GB of RAM. The main camera also got nerfed down to 8 MP, though, the selfie snapper has the same 5 MP resolution.

Gionee Elife S7

So, after it was finally replaced from the “slimmest smartphone in the world” position, Gionee announced that it believes that the race for thinness has gone beyond reason and that it will be focusing on user experience from now on. The Elife S7 is the supposed result of this effort and, while it's still quite thin at 0.22”, it sports a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek 6752 SoC, which has a Mali-T760 GPU, and is combined with 2 GB of RAM. The selfie snapper of the Elife S7 received a resolution boost and now has an 8MP sensor, while the main snapper has a 13.1 MP one.

Oppo R5

Another phone that held the “Slimmest smartphone” crown for a while – the Oppo R5 is a metal-framed handset with a thin profile and mid-range specs. It sports a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 under its hood, coupled with 2 GB of RAM, and has a 13 MP / 5 MP snapper combo, which performs OK. We wouldn't say you are getting the most bang for your money with this one, unless you are primarily going for stylish looks.

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Vivo X5 Max

The Vivo X5 took Oppo R5's crown with its 0.18” profile. It still rocks a nice metal construction, which houses a Snapdragon 615 64-bit SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo. Unfortunately, you may have a bit more trouble getting your hands on this one, as Vivo seems to be interested in selling primarily in its home country only.



26. giovafp78

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Or maybe just trying to set a challenging subject

25. giovafp78

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 20, 2015

Certainly Phone-Arena is an anti-Apple web but we apreciate the info you provide about Android equipment as a sales rep.

24. Simona unregistered

Dont understand why you comparing it with iphone.. what iphone is some kind of what?? Why u dont write article phones slimmer than huawei p8 or vivo x5Max

28. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Its because some iPhone users think the iPhone is the thinnest phone made. And using iPhone in the title makes people want to read it first. I bet that some dumb (or ignorant, probably both) iPhone user though that app was short for apple. Or that its right for Apple to store location data secretly (they used to do it, not anymore) while they hate on google for scanning the phones (with google play services) for viruses.

23. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Now which one of them will bend in your front pocket besides the flawed iPhone design?

16. Tooluka

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Real thickness of some phones mentioned in the article: iPhone 6 - 7.57mm iPhone 6 Plus - 7.77mm Galaxy S6 - 8.3mm

15. Osama99

Posts: 41; Member since: Nov 14, 2014

There is another former huawei flagship, p6. 6.9mm. Equal to iphone 6. Was the slimmest smartphone in the world when it launched.

21. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

No. Just no. Look at the Gionee's and Vivo's

22. M4th3u54ndr4d3

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Oh, sorry, reply in wrong comment :/

14. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Man those Asian markets really love their capacitive buttons. I wonder if they could shave even more off with an onscreen button option? Probably not. It's the camera that dictates quite a bit of a phones girth once they get that small.

12. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's preference, isn't it? I prefer the Lumia handsets (which people consider to be 'bricks') because they're thick enough to feel sturdy.

13. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

The Lumia 1520 s beautiful

9. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'd be happy enough if a phone is 8-9mm. Battery life is much more important for me.

8. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Samsung should continue making the A series, those phones are gorgeous :) But I hope Samsunf would partner their full metal/glass flagships with a handset designed like alpha or Note 4

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Thinness is overrated.

4. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

Lenovo K900?

2. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Z Ultra anyone?

1. gaming64 unregistered

Because a thin phone is a better phone *sigh*

3. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

8-9 mm phone would be perfect for me. Plenty of space for a bigger battery and a bit more comfortable to carry around :)

10. mixedfish

Posts: 1573; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Thickness doesn't necessarily translate to a bigger battery, the HTC M9 is over 2mm thicker than the Z3 yet the Z3 has a bigger battery.

11. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Then HTC is silly.

17. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Highlighting apple? The definition of thin phone is iphone. Hahaha. Typical PA. At least remove the protruding camera to make it more ergonomics sleek and beautiful.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The HTC M9 is curved. The Z3 is not. With that said I never cared how thin a phone can get. Its the last thing on my mind. Thin phones are for girls, and people who are obsessed with being thin or wanting to look thin. A bet you more people would care about more battery life then having a stupid thin phone.

27. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Absolutely true. By the way, I eat a 4 mm Aalu-Parantha everyday, and it gives me more evergy than those 3000-3500 mAh batteries!

19. Simona unregistered

But nobody makes them unfort. :-) Sooo what u gonna do ?..

20. Simona unregistered

But nobody makes them unfort. :-) Sooo what u gonna do ?..

5. limporgyuk

Posts: 378; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Some people buy a phone because of it's thickness, some people buy a phone because of it's camera, some people buy of phone because of it's UI. This is an article of interest not rating

7. NexusKoolaid

Posts: 493; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

No, because another useless phone trivia article is better then no article, apparently.

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