By Stephen Schenck | April 26, 2013 11:31 AM
Thinnest smartphone is one of those records like fastest production car, where we’re more interested in it from an academic sense then necessarily making the winning model a part of our lives. Just as we don’t really need a car that can go 270MPH (especially if that gas-guzzling 16-cylinder engine means we’re only getting 10MPG), the thinnest phone may not be the most comfortable to use, nor the most rugged design. Still, it’s interesting to keep track of progress. Recently, we heard that a new Oppo phone, its model R809T, might take the thinnest spot away from the 6.45-millimeter Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra, measuring in at a mere 6.13mm. Now the R809T has gone official, and its thinness doesn’t quite live up to the rumors.
Instead, the R809T actually measures 6.93 millimeters thick, a comfortable margin thicker than the Alcatel. Don’t get us wrong – that’s still a very thin smartphone – but in this contest, there’s no prize for second place. Granted, there’s not really a prize for first place either, and neither of these models are entering into purchasing decisions for the majority of Android users.
Have manufacturers hit a stumbling block in the mid-6-mm range; will we ever see a sub-6-mm smartphone?