OEM teases latest Android to vie for world’s thinnest

Late last month, Oppo announced its latest pair of smartphones, the N3 and the R5. The N3 had been getting the lion’s share of our attention leading up to the event, what with its motorized, rotating camera, but the R5 managed to land with at least one notable attribute of its own, a thinner-than-we’d-ever-seen body measuring just 4.85mm thick. Sadly for Oppo, this is an industry that moves quickly, and now we’re already checking out a phone that threatens to come in under even the R5’s super-thin construction, as Vivo shares some teaser pics of its upcoming X5 Max.

Those are a couple of the X5 Max teaser images Vivo has just shared on Chinese social media up above. But what makes us think this guy is going to be so thin? Ah, so while these new pics show the manufacturer promoting the X5 Max for the first time, the hardware details arrive from another source: TENAA, the agency in China analogous to the FCC in the States, recently posted its certification data for the X5 Max. There, we see the handset’s dimensions given as 153.9 x 78 x 4.75mm. While that’s not night-and-day thinner than the R5, it does manage to just slide past it.

Vivo’s not a phone maker we spend a lot of time focusing on, but every once in a while like this it manages to catch our eye with some notable hardware – like it did last year with one of the first models to feature a 2K-class display. We’re still not likely to see its handsets make waves in the West anytime soon, but it continues to be one well worth checking in on from time to time – especially if it puts out more phones like this one.

Source: Vivo (Weibo), TENAA
Via: phoneArena

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