Thinnest Smartphone Candidate Fails to Deliver on Hype


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?

Source: Sina Weibo
Via: Unwired View

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Stephen Schenck

Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen’s first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he’s convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he’s not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits

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