To say that Indian smartphone market is dynamic sounds like an understatement. Consumer preferences keep changing every 6 months and manufacturers respond by tuning their marketing pitch accordingly.
As of today, design and build quality are what many consumers aren’t willing to compromise upon and one of the factors that go a long way in lending a premium feel to your phone is its slim profile. If a chunky phone (which probably justifies the thickness with a beefy battery) that looks even chunkier when put in a case is exactly what you are not looking for, you could choose from one of these slim smartphones priced around 15,000 INR. We have included phones that measure less than 8mm and look stunning.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi’s first stock android phone, the Mi A1 (Quick Review), measures 7.3 mm around the waist. The handset brandishes a full metal unibody design and is available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold (arriving later) color options.
Moreover, the handset has a powerful set of internals led by Snapdragon 625 and is the only phone in its budget that offers a dual camera with 2X optical zoom.
Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5 Plus was recently superseded by the Moto G5s Plus. Yes, the new Moto G5s Plus (Review) has more metal and more native storage compared to the G5 Plus (Review), but the biggest difference between the two Moto phones that also helps keep the G5 Plus still relevant is the form factor. The Moto G5 Plus is still more compact and a lot slimmer.
With a 5.2-inch display, the Moto G5 Plus covers a significantly smaller footprint and it’s also just 7.7mm thick. This one too is powered by Snapdragon 625, is running stock Android OS and has a decent rear camera (only one, though).
Vivo V5s (Review) is an option that can be bought from a nearby retail store. It’s one of the best polycarbonate body phones in its class (you can almost pass it off as a full metal unibody phone) that’s just 7.6mm thick.
The handset is extremely slim and comfortable to handle and places a very fast and convenient home button at the front, integrated with the home button. Of course, the 16MP camera with moonlight flash is an added bonus (or perhaps its primary highlight).
Honor 8 Lite
Huawei Honor 8 Lite is perhaps the only phone under 15k with 2.5D glass on front and rear. The handset is just 7.6mm thick and weighs a modest 147 grams.
On the inside, the handset is powered by 2.1GHz octa-core Kirin 655 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other highlights include Android Nougat, 12MP rear camera, 8MP selfie shooter, and a 3000mAh battery.
Micromax Evok dual Note
Micromax Evok Dual Note is a low-cost dual camera phone from Micromax that’s 7.7mm thick and will also retail at offline stores.
The handset comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display and is powered by 1.5GHz MediaTek octa-core processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The extra sensor on the rear is used for depth sensing or for adding background blur (aka portrait mode).
Best Slim Phones Priced Between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000
If you are willing to extend your budget, here are a few more options.
Oppo F3 is a dual selfie camera phone that’s slim and elegant. It flaunts a metal unibody, has a 5.5-inch full HD display, and is only 7.3mm thick.
The handset is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6750T processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The dual camera on the front is used for shooting wide-angle selfies or groupies.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is meant for people who’d want to enjoy a gigantic 6.44-inch display. It’s also beautiful and super slim measuring 7.6mm in thickness. It also houses a proportional 5300mAh battery.
The handset is powered by 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The software on the phone is Android Nougat based MIUI 9.0.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (Review) is a full metal body J-series phone that includes features like Samsung Pay and the new Social camera. It’s a decent phone with Android Nougat based software that’s also quite slim (7.9mm). If you are looking for a popular branded option and are a basic user, the J7 pro is worth considering.
Best Slim Smartphones to buy in 2017 (mid-range)
All premium phones need to be slim in 2017, and it’s quite obvious why people have this on top of their priority list. A beast of a phone that looks hideous when put in a case just doesn’t make for a good user experience. So, if you are looking for a decent all-rounder that’s also slim, these are the options you can consider.