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5mm-thick smartphone pushes limits; how thin can we go?

By Stephen Schenck July 21, 2014, 1:12 pm

Is obsessing over smartphone thinness a race to the bottom where no one ends up winning? It’s difficult to even discuss super-thin phones without inviting a chorus of groans, complaining about manufacturers who sacrifice performance, durability, and all too often a decently sized battery, all in the name of being the thinnest handset around. And while you won’t find us particularly cheering-on their development, we’re still interested in seeing the results of these limits being pushed. For about the past year now, the thinnest smartphones around have been living in the five-millimeter space. Now they threaten to break into the four-millimeter zone, as one is tipped to come in right on that boundary line, the 5.0mm-thick Gionee GN9005.

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Is it a bit of an iPhone rip-off? That design’s not going to win any awards for originality. And there are no firm plans that we know of to bring any variant of this guy to the West, but if what we’re hearing about this little phone is correct, it just might set the new bar for thin construction.

Within that svelte body the GN9005 is supposed to pack a 4.8-inch 720p display, quad core 1.2GHz SoC, and 2050 mAh battery – not huge, but not shockingly small, either, especially considering the dimensions we’re dealing with. The phone should have an 8MP main camera, 5MP front-facer, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. All told, that could add to a decently performing low-to-mid-range handset.

Source: TENAA
Via: GSM Arena

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