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Oppo cuts gadget waistline to achieve world's thinnest phone

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Oppo cuts gadget waistline to achieve world's thinnest phone
When it comes to smartphones, thinness is the driving force behind almost all latest designs. And if you want the world’s thinnest, that’s just been redefined by Chinese phone maker Oppo. Its unnamed new creation is only 0.26-inch (6.65mm) thin, enough to guarantee it the world’s slimmest smartphone title.

It takes the crown from the Huawei Ascend P1 S which is a hair thicker and a hair in this case measures 0.03mm thick. The Oppo smartphone has a sleek design with a silver, possibly metallic side finish. It’s also featuring the three standard buttons for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich so chances are it runs on Google’s latest.

There’s also a three-pin contact for hooking this up to a dock, but that’s about all the obvious details we have so far. Is such an ultra-slim device what you dream of? Or is there a limit to acceptable thinness?

source: Engadget

Oppo cuts gadget waistline to achieve world's thinnest phone

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posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:30 11

1. GuiltyBystander (Posts: 199; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


I wonder if it's comfortable to hold.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:35 11

2. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


That's my question as well. Even my dad's Epic Touch 4G is somewhat uncomfortable at .38 inches. Thinness isn't everything...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:38 13

4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Agree, thinness isn't everything, ergonomics should be priority!

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:49 8

6. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4208; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Exactly. To me thinness is just a fad. It too thin makes it uncomfortable then what is the real advantage?

Ergonomics & style should be top priority. Thinness should be achieved only in conjunction with ergonomics.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 11:47

14. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


This is where the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc came in its arc shape gives best holding in hand experience.. and really comfortable too!! :)

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 06:35 2

24. Firedrops (Posts: 215; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


Battery life, anyone?

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:37 10

3. Commentator (Posts: 2436; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


It looks like a flattened iPhone 4(S). Oppo should brace itself for a lawsuit.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 19:10 1

20. cepcamba (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


I have to agree with the device looking too iPhonish. But then again, ICS calls for no physical buttons and to use space efficiently they use the entire front for the screen. And using the color black is a common technique to achieve a simple design (in some instances, white).

So, using a design similar to the iPhone shouldn't call for a lawsuit. But we have to applaud Apple for using a physical design that gets as near to super simple as possible. But then again, there's the N9.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:41 3

5. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


personally i felt that my htc desire hd was perfect. had a nice bit of weight and felt good in the hand, too bad they put a tiny battery in it

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 08:52 1

7. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What's with this thinness freakin' fad. Make it thin as paper and what do you get, a phone that is even easier to break. What about something USEFUL, like a 50 hours of use battery, HEAVY use?

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:03 1

8. tigermcm (Posts: 730; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


i was thinking the same thing. so most ladies wear nice fitting pants I can see alot of phones snapping when they slip it in their pockets. I can see my son thinking its another play phone for him and probably bite a corner off. IJS

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:58

10. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


So, in your vision of the future, phones are even thinner than they are today, but just as rigid, and they do not feature flexible screens or other technology (which has already been demo'd). Furthermore, women are still wearing the same pants they have on today, and your kid (who in the future apparently has not aged long enough to distinguish what is edible), eats the phone.

I thought Arthur C. Clark died in 2008, but clearly, he is still alive and well.

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 03:00

25. tigermcm (Posts: 730; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


in the future you dont exist, there you go you got the attn you wanted happy?

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 15:32

18. jabberwocky (Posts: 89; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


OK one more shot then I will let this go. So tigermcm, in your mind, the pros and cons of making thinner phones might look something like the following:

Thin Phone Pros:
fits into smaller spaces
uses fewer raw materials
costs less (fewer materials)

Thin Phone Cons:
ladies wear nice pants
children may mistake for food

posted on 26 Apr 2012, 03:06

23. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"costs less (fewer materials)"

To make smaller device costs more than materials...

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 09:17 2

9. sadaivadai (Posts: 156; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Whatever it's an achivement .. Learn to appreciate it ... :)

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:22

11. kindahipdude (Posts: 45; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


As long as it feels sturdy, I want as thin as possible. This is awesome

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:25

12. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


What kind of battery life can a phone this thin have? It'll be a challange to get through a whole day with LTE.

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 13:42

26. kristof (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


battery is great last more than a day afther 8 hours playing with it .
I have still 30% battery life .
when you use it normal the battery will last up to 3-4 days .
I love it .

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 10:38 2

13. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


The Motorola RAZR Maxx has paved the way with the possibilities of having a thin phone with ahuga battery. The ideal thinness in my opinion is between 7.5mm-9mm. Most phones now a days fit within that range, and still offer great ergonomics. The RAZR Maxx feels better in the hand than the RAZR. The Galaxy Nexus at about 9mm feels great to hold.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 12:44

16. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


make it 4 mm...fu%^ the ergonomics.
sad

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 14:12

17. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Great design. On-screen buttons would have been better.

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 15:49 1

19. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Even BETTER would be a battery that lasts through a normal day and well into the next day, AT LEAST!

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 19:43

21. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Someone please tell me why the design looks like a iPhone?

posted on 25 Apr 2012, 20:18

22. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Because you think the design looks like an iPhone?

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