The trend for thin smartphones started around 2014 and lasted only a year. Then the world's thinnest smartphone Coolpad Ivvi K1 Mini was presented. Its body was only 4.7 mm thick, excluding the camera. Today, against the backdrop of the popularity of folding devices, this trend is reviving again, because manufacturers simply need to make the device thin so that when folded it does not seem too massive. If we take the form factor familiar to everyone, then we did not find any extremely interesting options here.
The thinnest modern smartphones
The fact is that earlier manufacturers managed to achieve subtlety due to large frames, in this case the battery could be made very thin and at the same time quite voluminous. Modern compact phones have almost no frames, so the battery can only be expanded by increasing the thickness. And that is why today devices can be considered thin if their case thickness does not exceed 8 millimeters. Below is a list of the thinnest modern devices on the market.
Huawei Mate X – 5.4mm
Huawei Mate X is the thinnest
This is a foldable flagship from Huawei, priced at 2,290 euros. The phone offers flagship hardware and, in my opinion, the optimal form factor for a foldable device even when compared to the Galaxy Fold. The device is sold only in China so far, and it can rightfully be called the most interesting phone in early 2020.
Samsung Galaxy Fold – 6.9mm
Samsung Galaxy Fold also boasts a slim body
Another foldable device, but from Samsung. It offers flagship hardware and a large screen. Both the Mate X and the Galaxy Fold are more foldable tablets and greatly expand multitasking Android.
Motorola Razr 2019 – 6.9mm
Flagship from Motorola – Razr
When the phone first came out, our colleagues from CNET tested the device, according to which the hinge broke down after 20,000 cycles. There was a lot of noise around this test, since the method of testing itself seemed to many to be not entirely objective. But the reputation is still damaged. And not so long ago, users began to peel off the protective plastic in the area where the device is folded. Many also complain about poor battery life and a weak camera. In short, the phone is quite a failure. We haven't touched on performance and cost yet.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – 7.2mm
Cheapest Samsung foldable phone
While the $ 1,500 Razr doesn't offer decent hardware, the Galaxy Z Flip has a good camera, a powerful processor, an interesting design, and a lower price tag of $ 1,380. Yes, when folded, the thickness of the device is 17.3 millimeters, and this is probably its main drawback.
Huawei nova 5/5 Pro – 7.3mm
The thinnest phone in a familiar form factor
The devices were introduced back in 2019 and are the thinnest modern phones on the market with the usual form factor. They are equipped with OLED – 6.39 '' screen. The model is distinguished by the processor. In the Nova 5, this is the Kirin 810, and in the Pro, the flagship Kirin 980. In both cases, the battery is a 3500 mAh battery with 40 W fast charging (85% in 30 minutes).
Meizu 16 – 7.3 mm
Flagship 2018 from Meizu
The smartphone was introduced back in 2018 and at one time was the flagship Meizu. It features a 6-inch screen, 20MP camera, Snapdragon 845 processor and 3010mAh battery with 24W fast charging.
Huawei P30 lite / P30 lite New Edition – 7.4mm
Slim mid-range from Huawei
These are mid-range phones. They are equipped with a Kirin 710 processor, and differ only in the amount of RAM and internal memory. With a 6.15-inch screen and 3340mAh battery, the devices are just 7.4mm thick. Huawei proves once again what thin devices can do.
Huawei nova 4e – 7.4 mm
Analog of P30 Lite with another camera module
Another slim phone is the Nova 4e. Technically and externally, it almost completely repeats the P30 Lite, if you do not take into account the 24 megapixel camera. The P30 Lite uses a 48MP module. Otherwise, these are identical models.
Motorola Moto Z4 – 7.4mm
The strictest design in a slim body
Another phone Motorola that deserves attention. It features a 6.4-inch screen, 48MP camera and 3600mAh battery. It's amazing how they managed to fit such a capacious battery into such a thin case.
Xiaomi Mi 9 SE – 7.5mm
When surpassed Apple
And the last model on the list is the Mi 9 SE. The thickness of the phone case is only 7.5 mm. He got a 3070 mAh battery, 5.97-inch super AMOLED – screen. Xiaomi With the release of Mi 9 SE, I tried to offer consumers a phone comparable in size to iPhone X. And they did it. In addition, the phone Apple has a 7.7mm thicker body. The thinnest device Apple is still iPhone 6 with a thickness of 6.9 millimeters.
What do we end up with?
From the list above, the most interesting is, of course, Huawei Mate X. Even when folded, the phone has a body thickness of only 11 millimeters. At the same time, the Galaxy Fold is 15.5 millimeters thick in the same condition. The Razr sits between the Mate X and the Fold when folded, 14mm thick.
Having studied modern devices, we came to the conclusion that it is Huawei and Samsung who focus on the thickness of their devices. The Galaxy A line offers smartphones with a body thickness of less than 8mm, while the Galaxy S20, even with a modern camera, is only 7.8mm thick.
The worst devices for this parameter are from Nokia and Xiaomi. Almost all phones from these companies have a body thickness of 8-9 mm. In the case of Xiaomi, this is due to capacious batteries, but we do not yet know how to justify Nokia phones.
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