Progress moves quickly in the smartphone world. Sure, you may still be waiting for an Ice Cream Sandwich update, but from a hardware perspective, things have been moving forward at a brisk pace. Look at how quickly we went from dual-core to quad-core phones, and 1080p displays are already threatening to push 720p to the wayside. For the past several months, Huawei’s 6.68-millimeter-thick Ascend P1 S was the thinnest smartphone we’d heard of, only to be displaced by the narrowly-thinner Oppo Finder at 6.65 millimeters. Now it looks like the new holder of that top spot is already getting muscled-out, with news of the 6.2-millimeter-thick ZTE Athena.
While we’re admittedly talking about sub-millimeter improvements, the Athena represents what’s still a marked reduction in thickness over the Oppo Finder, especially considering how little improvement that model showed over the Ascend P1 S.
Right now, there’s little information available on codename Athena, short of it running a processor built around Cortex-A15 cores, having a 720p screen of indeterminate size, running ZTE’s Miflavor UI, and including 64GB of internal flash storage.
We haven’t heard anything yet about when ZTE might hope to release the ICS Android, nor in which markets (beyond the presumed China) or at what price point. When it does arrive, though, it may be available in a host of color options, in addition to the RAZR-like Kevlar seen above.