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