Thin and light: 6 stylish and slim Android phones you can buy in 2016

Buying a phone these days is a lot about expression of personal style: it's hard to argue that all phones from the last couple of years will get the job done with your calls, browsing, mail and camera needs. Sure, there are differences in the platforms and the performance, but they are far less pronounced then they were a few years ago.

So as fewer and fewer people are focused on the specifications per se and look for cool new features and visual style, we have decided to put up a quick list with some great thin, light and stylish phones. After all, a phone is something that's often in your pocket and close to you for most of the day, so you might want to have it in a stylish body that is thin, light and looks good.

What phones fit these criteria? Here are 6 great Android phones that are slim and light, and good overall.

Huawei P9

Thickness: 6.95 mm (0.27”)
Weight: 144 g (5.08 oz)

The brand new Huawei P9 is thin, light and... different. First, because it can't be easily found in the United States: you'd have to import it, but it certainly is a device that will catch the eye with its premium, refined design. With a 5.2-inch screen size, a meticulously crafted metal body, and a very interesting new dual camera system that combines two rear cameras, so that you can emulate apertures of as low as f/1.1, the P9 stands out. It also comes with a plentiful 32GB of internal storage in the base model, and sports a quite generous 3,000mAh battery, despite its slim size.

HTC One A9

Thickness: 7.26mm (0.29”)
Weight: 143 g (5.04 oz)

The HTC One A9 is the very likable 5 incher that looks somewhat similar to the iPhone, yet runs on a clean and fast version of Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and - of course - features a sleek, thin and light, stylish design. The HTC One A9 is a great mid-ranger, especially if you can find it on sale (we see it sold unlocked on eBay from around $350, much less than its original $500 price). With a fingerprint scanner, good (but not top-notch) camera, the One A9 has a couple aces up its sleeve.

Xiaomi Mi 5

Thickness: 7.25 mm (0.29”)
Weight: 139 g (4.9 oz)

Xiaomi is not a household name in the United States, but the brand has been growing steadily in Asia and picking up steam amongst phone enthusiasts and deal seekers in Europe. Its recently released Xiaomi Mi 5 is a phone nearly two years in the making: the long awaited flagship, the Mi 5 features a well-refined design that now seems to be the standard in China. And that's great news: after years of blind copying, Xiaomi - amidst other Chinese brands - is taking a turn towards original design. The Mi 5 is also slim, lightweight and stylish, works very good, features a very capable camera and a rich, MIUI custom Android interface. Unfortunately, the Mi 5 is not officially sold in the United States or Europe, and you'd have to import it. Note, that it's missing key 4G LTE bands, though, so you'll have to use it on the slower 3G speeds.

Huawei Mate S

Thickness: 7.2 mm (0.28”)
Weight: 156 g (5.5 oz)

The Huawei Mate S is a phone with quite the impressive design: especially for its large, 5.5" screen size. The phone has a tapered back that nestles comfortably in the hand, while the metal body is crafted with care and the phone features a surprisingly thin and light-weight body for its size. For many, the Huawei custom Android skin will be a turn-off, and the pressure sensitivity of the screen is overplayed to a large extent in the Mate S, but on its own, it's certainly a good phone and one that lovers of stylish devices will appreciate.

Samsung Galaxy A5 6 (2016)

Thickness: 7.3 mm (0.29”)
Weight: 155 g (5.47 oz)

The new Samsung Galaxy A5 6, or A5 2016 edition, brings the beautiful combination of a metal frame and glass back and front to a more affordable price within Samsung's lineup. The Galaxy A5 6 truly looks impressive, and it's hard to tell by its looks that it is a mid-range phone - it looks more expensive. It's also fairly thin, and relatively light (but not really the lightest). You should, however, know that in our tests we found it to be severely laggy way too often. If you can live with that, you'd appreciate its style, but it's an issue that you should consider.

OnePlus X

Thickness: 6.9mm (0.27”)
Weight: 138 g (4.87 oz)

The OnePlus X is quite the rare bird: a phone from a startup Chinese company OnePlus that has made waves with its aggressive marketing and by ways of selling its phones via an invitation scheme at first. Now, you can easily buy the OnePlus X in the United States (you no longer have to wait for an invitation), and you will get a phone that is a looker: with a glass back and a metal frame, all fitting together in a very slim and stylish body. This is a phone crafted with care and the result is visible. Important disclaimer, though: some 4G LTE bands are missing on this phone (AT&T's Band 17 and T-Mobile's Band 12), so there's a high probability that you won't get LTE in the States with it.




Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

And as always the iphone is nr 1 at PA........

10. MedLEB unregistered


16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and I think they'll post about 4mm phone or something, and it turnout to be iPhone, what an unexpected twist... /s

12. MSi_GS70 unregistered

yeah exactly b4 I opened this crap article I was telling my self ; ''and I BET the cripleiphone will be first'' BAM ! typical PArena crap site but this article is total crap as their slut phone is with mountain protruding camera and samsung A9 is the slimmest phone I can't see it here

13. MSi_GS70 unregistered

18. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

2year old fruitphone forced to be there just because his sucessor is thicker, and will make it look bad, lol

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"...after years of blind copying, Xiaomi - amidst other Chinese brands - is taking a turn towards original design" Now that's just pushing it!!

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its so obvious that the writer just hate chinese brands, lol... no wonder most chinese phone get review score around 6-7 no matter how great they are, lol

20. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

I know right? They're STILL copying... The front is now a Galaxy with a Mi logo, and the back is... well, a Galaxy Note x iPhone.

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Are these all like mid-ranged phones now?

6. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

According to GSM Arena's battery life list, the Xiaomi Mi 5 has the best battery life of the phones on this list.

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

What the hell? I am sure someone who wrote that 'blind copying' is stupid. I mean seriously, you're paid for this, why do you have to be stupid in this regard?

8. xocomaox

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

Too bad if you want a phone with great Screen-To-Body ratio... Almost none of these qualify.

9. paralepiped

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 16, 2015

Where are GS6/edge? 6.8/7mm and much better screen-to-body ratio especially compared to iPhone 6...

11. MedLEB unregistered

Samsung Galaxy Alpha is light and slim and stylish too

15. shnibz

Posts: 521; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

They should do a follow up to the Alpha! Galaxy S7 SE perhaps lol.

17. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

its as old as that iPhone, but they ignore it just because its slimmer than iPhone, lol

14. shnibz

Posts: 521; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

The P9 is a really good looking phone.

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