Smartphone users are often interested not only in technical characteristics, but also in design. That is why all manufacturers are trying to make their devices as compact and sophisticated as possible. We have studied the market and selected some of the most stylish and thin smartphones that have good technical specifications. Our top includes both the flagships of Samsung and Apple, as well as state employees from Oppo and Xiaomi.
Apple iPhone 12
Case thickness — 7.4 mm
Let’s start our rating with the style icon — iPhone 12. Even with the release of the 11th generation, Apple decided to return the design concept of the iPhone 4 and 5, namely to create a case with straight edges. This decision turned out to be very original, since none of the other manufacturers offered anything like this at that time.
The design of the iPhone 12 remains the same as its predecessor, but the smartphone has become even thinner (from 8.3 mm to 7.4 mm). Some reviewers at the release of the smartphone complained about the sharp edges of the case, but they do not affect the convenience. The device lies pleasantly in the hand, without causing discomfort. Apple designers, by definition, could not release an uncomfortable smartphone.
The angular body and camera block have made the iPhone the most recognizable gadgets on the market. Also, the signature feature of the iPhone 12 is the so-called “notch” on the front screen. All competitors have long abandoned such wide notches in favor of small round cutouts, but this iPhone does not become less stylish.
Case thickness — 7.6 mm
With the release of the new generation of its S‑series flagships, Samsung designers seemed to be inspired by the shapes of the latest iPhone models. Galaxy S22 received similar rounded corners, smoother lines and a flat screen. The screen bezels are very thin, the selfie camera is placed in the center. The display occupies 87.4% of the frontal surface of the case, and it is protected by Victus + — the latest generation of Gorilla Glass. The back side is protected by the same glass, but in a matte finish. With the exception of the camera block, the smartphone is very similar to the iPhone.
The smartphone is available in 6 colors: phantom black and white, green, blue, pink + gray, purple and cream. The function buttons are standard — everything is the same as in previous models: volume and power buttons on the right side, a speaker, a SIM card slot, microphones and a Type‑C connector on the bottom.
The Galaxy S22 cannot be called the thinnest smartphone with a body thickness of 7.6 mm, but it is by far the most elegant in the Samsung lineup.
Huawei Nova 8
Case thickness — 7.6 mm
The thin body is not the main advantage of the smartphone design. If you take Huawei Nova 8 in your hands, then initially the thinnest bezels around the display attract attention. The screen occupies 89.3% of the front surface — this is an impressive figure.
The back side of the smartphone case is glass. It is noteworthy that the phone is available in a single color — powdery pink. The manufacturer singled out this model with an unusual camera module. At one of the presentations, it was reported that the designers were inspired by the rings of Saturn.
The side faces of the case are rounded both in front and behind. Typically, this solution is found in the most expensive flagships, and Huawei Nova 8 is a mid-range model, costing about 30,000 rubles. Thanks to the rounded edges, the smartphone case visually and to the touch seems even thinner than it actually is (7.6 mm).
It is noteworthy that the next model of the Nova 9 series received a thicker case — 7.77 mm. In general, the design concept has been preserved. Only the technical equipment has been improved — a more powerful processor, a high-quality display and an increased battery capacity.
Case thickness — 7.7 mm
Honor 30i was released at the end of 2020, but it still remains popular in the Russian market. The gadget has a thin glass body, which is attractive in appearance and pleasant to the touch.
Designers did not try to impress anyone, but simply followed the usual trends. The smartphone has symmetrical frames, a neat teardrop-shaped cutout for a selfie camera and a concise rear camera module. Fans of the brand immediately pay attention to the corporate coloring of the case with an iridescent gradient.
Body colors are a separate feature of the model. For lovers of the classics, there is a strict black version, and for those who seek self-expression, they created turquoise and pink-blue smartphones. The Honor 30i is a stylish, lightweight, thin and sleek gadget that looks more expensive than it actually costs.
Oppo Reno 5
Case thickness — 7.7 mm
Oppo Reno 5 is a stylish smartphone that can be confused with many other models. From a distance, it looks like Redmi 9T, Meizu 18 or OnePlus 9. It’s getting harder for designers to come up with something new, so sometimes they use proven tricks, and it works.
Oppo Reno 5 looks light and elegant. The smartphone is available in two colors — black and silver. The camera block looks neat. It is made in the form of a separate island with three lenses of the same size. Next to them are a monochrome sensor for b/w shots and a flash. The lenses and the block frame itself do not protrude much, and the cover completely hides this height difference.
From the back side on the sides, the smartphone has slight rounding, the front part is flat. The phone fits comfortably in the hand due to the small width of the body — only 73 mm. The only drawback is the plastic case, but do not forget that the cost of the gadget is less than 25,000 rubles.
We reviewed five models of the thinnest and most stylish smartphones from different price categories. There are also other interesting and thin devices on the market, such as HUAWEI P30 lite, Xiaomi 11 Lite, Samsung Galaxy M52, iPhone SE and 12 mini, Vivo V21 and many others. The rating was formed based on the popularity of mobile devices in the market.