Smartphone technology has gotten to a place where we can decide what we want from a phone. There are several factors that influence the decision-making process of a smartphone buyer. One that is becoming more popular is the thickness of a phone.
Slim phones are more appealing to consumers than bulky ones. They are becoming more popular with users because they are easier to carry. If the screen size of our phones is getting larger, it should at least be getting thinner.
If you’re looking for the best slim phones to buy a thin smartphone, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve done all the heavy lifting and compiled a list of the top thin phones that are not only great in terms of design but also when it comes to internal hardware.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (6.8mm)
The Mi 11 Lite 5G delivers a great display, solid mid-range performance, and surprisingly capable cameras in an impressively thin package.
The Mi 11 Lite has a 6.55” full HD+ AMOLED display, is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G SoC, and is powered by a 4250mAh battery.
Our biggest complaint about the Mi11 Lite is the MIUI offers bags of features and customization potential. Here in Germany they have released a version of Android that is less modified, but it is one of the biggest compromises of this handset and long with the sub-par low light camera performance.
- Respectable performance
- Beautiful glass body, designed after the Mi 11 flagship
- Excellent OLED screen, 10-bit color support, 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+
- Fast to charge
- Loud stereo speakers
- Solid camera, except in low light
- MIUI can be unintuitive
- Better value elsewhere
- No water resistance
- Main camera performance underwhelms when lighting isn’t ideal
motorola edge 20 Best All Arounder (6.99mm)
The motorola edge 20 is a great smartphone with thoughtfully picked features for a competitive price of €480. It is one of the few devices to offer 144Hz refresh rate support for its OLED screen; there is powerful enough hardware, a versatile camera on the back, and a clean Android package with a cool Ready For desktop-like experience.
The edge 20 has a powerful but not overkill Snapdragon 778G 5G chip, a versatile triple camera going from 0.5x up to 3x, solid all-day battery life with fast charging.
We loved the display, and it is indeed a flagship-worthy one, the Edge 20 can handle games very well, including high framerate ones, and its camera is dependable in a variety of lighting conditions.
One of the key features of this motorola edge 20 is the vanilla-like Android OS with Ready For desktop-like experience, and it runs well, delivers on the promises, and can be a powerful tool for those of you who multi-task heavily on a number of devices.
- Attractive splash-proofed design
- Excellent 144Hz OLED display.
- Fast charging.
- Clean Android 11, and Ready For is not a gimmick.
- High-framerate gaming supported and dependable sustained performance.
- Good photo camera quality, day and night.
- Great daylight videos
- No stereo speakers
- Low light videos are subpar
Vivo V21 (7.29mm) – For a vlogger on a budget
The Vivo V21 has a 6.44” full HD+ display with an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 800U SoC powered by a 4000mAh battery.
The Vivo V21 5G is a solid mid-ranger that displays many of the attributes that we’ve come to expect from this fascinating brand – both good and bad.
It’s a slim, light, and stylishly built device that’s a pleasure to live with day to day. It doesn’t look quite so fresh from the front as it does the back, with a somewhat dated display notch.
Vivo phones often ship with some kind of stand-out camera feature that you rarely see elsewhere, and the V21 5G is no different. Its 44MP selfie camera is arguably the best and most flexible you’ll find in a mid-range and more expensive handset.
Ably assisted by optical image stabilization (OIS) and a dedicated dual flash system, this could be the perfect phone for wannabe vloggers on a tight budget.
- Superb selfie camera
- Decent 90Hz OLED screen
- Slim, mostly classy design
- Excellent video capabilities on both front and back
- Relatively underpowered
- Old fashioned notch
OPPO Reno 6 Pro – Fast Charge (7.99mm)
The Oppo Reno 6 Pro has a 6.5” full-HD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ playback certification, and a 180Hz touch sampling rate. The display is one of the biggest reasons to get this handset.
The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor makes this a smartphone that can handle gaming, which isn’t something that we often can say of a mid-range smartphone. Though we did find that the UI did lag sometimes, this didn’t impact gameplay performance. We would have liked to have seen an IP rating but the phone’s biggest compromise is their version of Android, ColorOS. It is far from vanilla, there is a learning curve and not all of their decisions improve the user experience.
OPPO Reno series has always been a favorite for those who like good-looking phones with impressive cameras. So the Reno6 Pro is no exception and it won’t disappoint such people as well. Also, for those who are looking for a flagship-level phone with a powerful chipset alongside a good camera, this phone is just for them as it won’t put a hole in their pocket like other flagships. And its good looks, crazy fast charging capabilities, and 90Hz AMOLED screen are just add-ons.
- OLED colors with a 90Hz refresh rate
- Fast biometric locks
- Capable primary camera sensor
- Solid low-light performance
- 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 charging gets you a full charge in 29 minutes
- Punchy curved-edge AMOLED screen
- A selfie camera leaves a lot to be desired
- Lack of optical stabilization in cameras
- Inconsistent thermal management, the phone can get hot
- Oppo’s color OS is bloated and is not a stock Android experience
- No wireless charging
- Occasional UI lags – inconsistent performance
- No stereo speakers
- It is too expensive
iPhone 13 – If you have money to burn (7.65mm)
The iPhone 13 is the most expensive smartphone on this list and it offers the most powerful processor of the bunch.
The 13 isn’t the most exciting Apple handset, but it is the best value. It’s an important iteration of the iPhone that offers better battery life, a better processor, and an upgraded camera setup than the iPhones before. If you’re looking for a fast and capable smartphone, and don’t need the extra features of the pricier Pro model, this is a top choice.
The highlight of the iPhone 13 is its battery life. Previously, iPhones haven’t been synonymous with strong battery life, which is why I have been hesitant to suggest them even though they are so popular.
The iPhone 13’s new A15 Bionic chipset, meanwhile, is incredibly powerful and paired with 4GB of RAM it’s capable of running multiple apps and tasks quickly and efficiently.
A new duo camera for the iPhone 13 offers a crisp clarity in images, while the introduction of the company’s Sensor-Shift optical image stabilization (OIS) technology, previously only available on Apple’s Pro Max handsets.
At €899 it should offer a strong processor, extremely versatile camera and all-day battery life. The price tag is the biggest compromise of this handset.
- Excellent cameras
- Much improved battery
- All of last year’s advances
- Increased base storage
- Powerful internals
- Selfie camera sensor unchanged
- Standard refresh rate on display
- iPhone 12 cases won’t fit but minimal design changes
- No Ceramic Shield on rear
This post was Sponsored by Motorola, however, all thoughts are still our own.