Slim Android smartphones.

When Apple announced the iPhone 4 back in 2010, it made waves for its slim design. Smartphones back then were thicker and the iPhone 4’s 9.3mm frame was the one to beat. Since then, Android manufacturers have caught up or even surpassed the iPhone’s thin form factor. As Apple chose not to revamp the design of its latest iPhone 4S, you’ll find many Android handsets in the market that are slimmer.

Take for example, the Motorola Razr, which has a 7.1mm thin profile at its thinnest point. Of course, you may argue that this isn’t exactly accurate since it just refers to just a certain part, but there are other models like the HTC One X that keeps to a slim profile throughout.

If you’re intrigued by what these Android smartphones have to offer, here are our picks of the best available and upcoming handsets that you should consider that are all under 9mm thin.

1.  Huawei Ascend D quad

First take
Hot on the heels of its CES unveiling of the Ascend “Platinum” series of handsets, Huawei has stepped it up a notch with a new “Diamond” range of smartphones.

“Thinness”: 8.9mm

2.  HTC One X

First take
Arguably one of the more exciting new devices announced at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, HTC’s flagship Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handset is one that can claim good looks thanks to its polycarbonate shell and killer specifications.

“Thinness”: 8.9mm

3.  LG Optimus Vu

First take
Announced just a week before the Mobile World Congress tradeshow began, the LG Optimus Vu is the company’s attempt to offer an alternative to the Samsung Galaxy Note. Packing a 4:3 aspect ratio display, the Optimus Vu seems like an intriguing prospect for a large smartphone.

“Thinness”: 8.5mm

4.  Motorola Razr

CNET Asia rating: 8.4 out of 10

The good: Kevlar back feels unique; super-slim 7.1mm profile (at the thinnest point); good battery life; useful apps and features.
The bad: Below-average camera; software doesn’t feel ready for retail.
The bottom line: The Motorola Razr is a worthy recipient of the Razr namesake, but the smartphone needs a software update to fix some issues before you can fully appreciate it.

“Thinness”: 7.1mm

5.  Samsung Galaxy Nexus

CNET Asia rating: 8.7 out of 10

The good: Tons of new and very welcome features with Ice Cream Sandwich; design is sharp; screen is gorgeous; internal performance is fantastic.
The bad: Ice Cream Sandwich has eliminated some of Android’s learning curve in some aspects, just to re-create it in others; some static on calls; like other Samsung Galaxy devices, the Galaxy Nexus feels rather fragile.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for Android, but it’s not the giant leap you may have been expecting. As impressive as it is, Ice Cream Sandwich can be messy, and without it, the Galaxy Nexus is just another Android device.

“Thinness”: 8.9mm


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