By Stephen Schenck | July 24, 2012 12:03 PM
When we’re talking about the thinnest smartphones around, the conversation’s usually very focused on Android devices. That’s arguably due to the sheer number of Android models being produced, giving manufacturers the most opportunities to shave a couple more fractions of a millimeter off their old designs. As a result, we’ve seen the creation of some fantastically thin hardware, such that we’re getting to the point (or have already passed it, depending on your opinion) where anything much more petite is just going to be uncomfortably thin, or make too many sacrifices with battery life or structural integrity. Still, for those of you attracted to such super-thin handsets, there are now plenty of Android choices. If your tastes lean a little more towards Windows Phone, though, there’s a chance Microsoft’s platform could be seeing the arrival of some razor-thin models of its own, at least if the latest rumors regarding Oppo pan out.
WPDang reports that Chinese manufacturer Oppo may be joining the Windows Phone 8 family sometime next year. You might recognize the company’s name from the Oppo Finder, the Android smartphone that measures-in at just 6.65 millimeters thick.
If Oppo really does get involved with WP8, we could expect to see similar designs to the Finder arrive for the platform. Even if the company relaxes its specs a little, a Windows Phone model in the 8-9mm range would likely find itself getting quite a bit of attention from users interested in such sleek designs.
For now, though, we’re far from convinced that Oppo would actually get into the Windows Phone game, and even less certain that it would produce anything other than handsets for the Chinese domestic market if it did. Nevertheless, it’s intriguing to think about the possibility that a Windows Phone model could one day be the thinnest smartphone around.