Best smartphones-sliders

Sliders first appeared in 1999. In 2018 this form factor again tried to use in smartphones. What came out of it?

Is not the first manufacturers of mobile machinery seeking to reduce the frame around the screen. One of them was the use of the slide mechanism in the sliding part, you can hide the camera, speakers and other items that typically take up space on the front panel of the smartphone. Until 2009, mobile phones with a sliding mechanism was very popular. 2018 could present the revival of this interesting design. Unfortunately, this did not happen. The market went up quite a bit of models that in 2020 to purchase is rather difficult, but still possible. About them we will tell.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT

  • Display: of 6.39 inches, FHD+, AMOLED
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855
  • Memory: 6/8 GB 64/128/256 GB
  • Operating system: Android 9

Price: 31 000 rubles.

Lenovo Z5 Pro GT – was the update of the first slider company Z5 Pro. The main difference lies in the more recent Snapdragon chipset 855, and today he is one of the most powerful. Z5 Pro GT offers a classic slider, where the rear cover slides up and unlocks dual-camera, the sensor to unlock the faces and dynamics. In addition to the face scanner is provided Podebrady dactyloscopy, according to the reviews it works not the best way. The model has a glass body and metal frame, it is quite heavy and thick, despite the fact that the modest battery – 3350 mAh. However, large weight and thickness common to all sliders because of their design features. Main camera – 16+24 MP front – 16+ 8 MP. Shoot, they're both mediocre.

The important point – the machine is not sold outside of China, so there is no localization. USssian >NFC outside of China is not working.


  • A lot of memory.
  • A high-quality screen.
  • Powerful chipset.
  • Interesting design.


  • No localization.
  • Modest autonomy.
  • Mediocre photo and video quality.


Honor Magic 2

  • Display: of 6.39 inches, FHD+, AMOLED
  • CPU: 980 Kirin
  • Memory: 6/8 ГБ, 128/256 GB
  • Operating system: Android 9

Price: from 400 RUB. 27

The slider smartphone from the company Honor was introduced in late 2018 and in 2020, it is quite relevant characteristics. The model received a powerful proprietary chipset and memory – performance problems there. The body is made similar to the smartphone from Lenovo – the back cover slides up and opens access to the dynamics and triple chamber– 16+2+2 MP, auxiliary sensors are responsible for the background blur. Rear camera– 16+24+16 MP. Quality photos and videos high. Cover is made of glass, like the screen it has the protection of Gorilla Glass 3. Powering the device battery 3400 mAh with rapid charger 40 watts, it ensures day battery life. The model has NFC. To unlock used Podebrady dactyloscopy or face scanner.


  • High-quality photos and videos.
  • Excellent screen.
  • a Powerful chipset and plenty of memory.
  • A quick finger scanner in the screen.


  • Is very soiled.


Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

  • Display: of 6.39 inches, FHD+, AMOLED
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855
  • Memory: 6 GB, 64/128 GB
  • Operating system: Android 9

The price: 55 700 RUB

The mobile-slider from Xiaomi turned out to be the most interesting. Is it expensive and a number of parameters is inferior to modern devices, but at the time it was a very interesting option on the market. The hallmark of Mi Mix 3 5G is the slider mechanism. Unlike competitors here we use magnetic design for the nomination panel, which ensures long service life and a pleasant tactile sensation. With the points view параметров девайс получился серьезным – мощный чипсет, поддержка NFC и 5G, батарея 3800 мАч с rapid charger 18 Вт и беспроводной 10 Вт. Камера спереди – 24+2 Мп, сзади 12+12 Мп, есть оптический стабилизатор. На момент выхода устройство по качеству съемки фото попало на верхние позиции DxOMark, что говорит о многом.


  • A powerful processor.
  • Good camera.
  • Support 5G and NFC.
  • Fast and adaptive.
  • The interesting slider mechanism.


  • One SIM card.
  • Little RAM (considering the price).
  • High price.



Not hard to see that the revival of the sliders did not happen. The reasons for this may be several — many people confuse the mechanical part, as they has always been considered unreliable, those that are not liked prices, others criticized the size and weight, and usability in General is questionable. Anyway, the task of the producers was not part of the revival form factor, they were looking for a way to reduce the scope. Practice has shown that it is convenient to do using the slide-out cameras or different kinds of cut-outs on the screen, however, we cannot exclude that in the future the engineers will return to the concept. Remains to admit that the current experience was not too successful. Tell us in the comments about what you think about smartphones-the sliders and whether they are on the market?