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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51 Comments

1. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

24. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

100 % agreed. +1

27. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

40. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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.

41. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 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.

45. Ethos unregistered

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

44. Ethos unregistered

noo that is proper shovel

2. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

my point exactly below.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

16. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 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?

18. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

21. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

26. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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

47. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 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

48. AlbertAribe

Posts: 168; Member since: Jun 21, 2014

Are you gay?

29. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

34. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I know, like the Z1 Some sacrifice style over comfortablitly If something does not look nice to you, will you still buy it?

3. Wolf_Blitza

Posts: 64; Member since: May 30, 2014

Galaxy S4: 7.9mm/0.31" Another reason the GS5 was a step-backwards

15. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

30. Philipand96

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 12, 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.

35. brasstax

Posts: 545; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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..

12. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

39. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Nope...i prefer more fleshy ;)

6. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

22. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

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