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Remember how thick smartphones used to be?

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Remember how thick smartphones used to be?
Just the other day, we showed you leaked photographs of the Huawei Ascend P7. The handset is just 6.18mm thick. As we noted previously, the Apple iPhone 5s, a pretty thin handset in its own right, weighs in at 7.6mm thin. But there was a time, not so long ago, when some handsets were as thick as the proverbial brick.

Take a look at this commercial from 2010 for the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini. Sure, it's a cute ad, but take a look at how thick the device is. If you're curious, the measurement of the phone was 16mm thick. As you would imagine, the rest of the specs seem like they are a century old. Remember that the full-size Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 had a 4 inch screen, which is even smaller than today's "mini" smartphones. The Xperia X10 mini carried a 2.5 inch screen with resolution of 240 x 320. Under the hood was a single-core 600MHz Snapdragon S1 CPU with the Adreno 200 GPU handling graphics. A 5MP camera was on back and there was a 16GB microSD slot available.

We've come a long way in just four short years, especially Sony. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is now considered the gold standard of "mini" phones with flagship-type specs. That model features a 4.3 inch screen with resolution of 720 x 1280 and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU. A 20.7MP snapper adorns the back with a 2MP camera on the front.

You can check out the extremely thick Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, starring in a rather cool commercial, by clicking on the videos below.

source: SonyEricsson (1), (2)

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posted on 04 May 2014, 13:01 17

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

HAHA 2,5" screen HAHA SO CUUTE

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:56 4

9. Finalflash (Posts: 3090; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

Well yea, but some of those phones felt good in the hand because of that thickness (not in the pocket though). Now they've gone the exact opposite direction making it so thin that ergonomics take a serious hit. I think the Moto X had it just right with going for feel rather than pointless numbers when it came to ergonomics.

posted on 04 May 2014, 19:57

25. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

I have an old broken X10 mini lying around, yeah its thick but the rest of the dimensions are so tiny the thickness doesnt really matter. This thickness on a modern large screened smartphone would be a different story though

posted on 04 May 2014, 20:36

27. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Yeah...you would like that thickness in your hand. Haha.

posted on 05 May 2014, 00:03

31. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

yeah moto X IMO has the best ergonomics on a phone.

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:55 2

17. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

My dad has xperia mini pro white. It was little cute.

posted on 04 May 2014, 21:25 2

30. aksa123 (Posts: 320; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

Now the trend shifts from thick to wide(screen) :p

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:05 1

2. DaftPunk (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

i still own an xperia mini 2011.

posted on 05 May 2014, 10:31

37. Velda (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

And I mini pro. ;-)

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:06 1

3. vedraj (Posts: 75; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)

yaa and I own the Sony Ericsson w8 walkman
which is about,more than 10mm thick
or thin for its period of release.r

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:12 6

4. rkoforever90 (Posts: 229; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)

i remember when i ogled at the huge 4 inch screen of my friend`s x10 and said "man that phone is huge", now 5.7 inch note 3 seems like the optimum size for me ;p

posted on 04 May 2014, 18:48

22. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 1116; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

The exact same thing i thought when i got my Xperia X10, my first flagship device the 4" screen looked enormous coming from a 3.2 inch phone.

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:15 9

5. Ghost04 (Posts: 335; Member since: 03 May 2014)

We are laughing on these phones now . But in 2009/2010 they were high end dream phones .
We are proud of our latest Apple iPhone 5s or Samsung S5 . But maybe in 2020 we will laugh on them and there specs.
Technology is moving like light .

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:39

7. wilsong17 (unregistered)

That is when foldable and display tech come in

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:07

15. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

x10mini wasnt high-end.. but yea i get the point.

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:25

6. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

It's so thick that it can have another screen on the side.

posted on 04 May 2014, 13:50 1

8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 987; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)

I had the full sized SE Xperia X10, it was my 1st Android, got it in 2010, gorgeous thing. I remember thinking that its 4inch display was more than enough... Here I am typing on a GS4 with 5inch, while waiting for Note 4 to arrive with an even bigger display.

posted on 04 May 2014, 14:07 2

10. deewinc (Posts: 272; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

Nokia and SonyEricsson

posted on 04 May 2014, 14:23

11. trollstjerne (Posts: 4; Member since: 04 May 2014)

I have the Samsung Omnia HD from 2009 and its still in perfect condition. It measures 123 x 58 x 12.9 mm (4.84 x 2.28 x 0.51 in) Weight 148 g . 3.7 inches screen. It still feels great in my hand. Its pretty useless compared to my Galaxy S3 and S5, but it took some impressive macro shots.

posted on 04 May 2014, 15:44

13. JaroB (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)

Xperia mini ...very good phone ...come on SONY

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:00

14. Connie B (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)

Sony like the thick phone with the huge bezel and non replaceable battery. That is why the Samsung and the iPhone is the best. The iPhone can only get away with the non replaceable battery because it is the Apple.

posted on 04 May 2014, 17:37

19. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3761; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

"The iPhone can only get away with the non replaceable battery because it is the Apple."
Warning... warning...'iDouche' detected.

posted on 04 May 2014, 19:45

24. bucky (Posts: 2572; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I'm guessing your detector is slightly broken seeing as how you didn't catch the sarcasm at the end there...douche

posted on 05 May 2014, 02:32

33. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3761; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)

Damn! Didn't see that one...maybe, it's really broken.
I blame Apples :P

posted on 04 May 2014, 16:24

16. grivera96 (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 May 2014)

It's funny for me because 4 days ago I was still using my old reliable Xperia mini pro sk17. 1ghz single core was pretty good back in 2011 when I bought it. :)

posted on 04 May 2014, 17:08

18. Gaara (Posts: 8; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Xperia Mini was my first android fone and Yeah I still have it

posted on 04 May 2014, 18:12 1

20. SonyPS4 (Posts: 344; Member since: 21 May 2013)

x1 mini pro is even thicker with physical qwerty keyboard.

posted on 04 May 2014, 18:35 1

21. MobileNico (Posts: 67; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)

LOL. Anyone remember the HTC TyTn?

posted on 04 May 2014, 20:30

26. Lauticol (Posts: 338; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)

I actually asked my parents to buy me one (the phone already was old) and they got me an HD2 instead. OMG I thought that phone was huge!

posted on 04 May 2014, 18:49

23. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I bet this screen will arrive on smartwatches

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:12

34. preetmalhotra (Posts: 109; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

u dnt need to bet....
that screen is already on some smartwatches!!

posted on 04 May 2014, 21:18

28. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4198; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

The first cell phone I had was a Motorola MicroTac 650e. The phone was around 3/4"-1" thick, and that was with the standard battery. The extended battery by itself was just over 1/2" thick, and the dimensions put it about the size of a Galaxy S3, so nothing exactly "micro" about that phone. The screen was a seven segment led with the ability to show 10 or 11 digits and it had TWO stored memory numbers. But at the time the other choices were a bag phone or the Motorola brick like Zack Morris used. So even a 16mm phone doesn't seem so bad to me. Personally I prefer a thicker phone as it's easier to hold and could house a larger battery.

posted on 04 May 2014, 21:19 1

29. theo14461 (unregistered)

I like how dexterous her hands are.

posted on 05 May 2014, 00:24

32. diehardnokian (Posts: 145; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)

Nokia 6600!!

posted on 05 May 2014, 05:48

35. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Ha, I remember how thin and big my Droid X was back in the day. Except for the camera hump. Which I actually liked because it made the phone super easy to grip in landscape mode. I remember my dad seeing it for the first time and saying "What is that, a tablet?!" He actually uses it now, and it still works great, last time I asked.

I think if I end up switching off of Verizon later this year (milking my employee plan for as long as I can as an ex-employee, but they'll do their annual check in September) I'll send him my Droid Mini since it's smaller but has the same screen real estate and the much better all around software. In the meantime I'm definitely keeping it since with my luck I'll bust the hell out of my Moto X the literal second I don't have a backup phone anymore, which would be tragic since I love my Moto X.

posted on 05 May 2014, 06:54

36. sinple (Posts: 132; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)

nokia n80 was 26mm thick. lol. and i used it for 21 month

posted on 05 May 2014, 12:43

38. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1646; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Anybody remembers how thick the Touch Pro 2 was, or even a Palm Treo? I agree with most of the posters who say a thick phone is easier to operate.

posted on 05 May 2014, 16:20

39. voodoobillypug (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

I just got a Xperia mini pro off Amazon on the cheap just for giggles.
Its microscopic compared to my Note 3 but it still has its charms.

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