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Vivo might be making a 0.14in (3.8mm) thin smartphone, has the pictures to assert it

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Vivo might be making a 0.14in (3.8mm) thin smartphone, has the pictures to assert it
It was only last week that we wrote about Oppo possibly blowing everyone's minds with a smartphone that could be as thin as 0.157in (4mm) at its thinnest point. Honestly, one can expect everything from Oppo, but we refused to believe that particular grain of rumor mill produce until we've seen it with our eyes. Be careful what you wish for, they say, for Chinese manufacturer Vivo heard what its competitor was up to, and it showed off a smartphone of its own that's... hold on to your suspenders... a whopping 0.14in (3.8mm) thin! 

Can you imagine that? Seriously, you can't, so check out the photos. The side contour of this unnamed device does not look like a phone at all - it looks like a surgical tool! It's equally ominous and awe-inspiring. It also makes the 0.29in (7.6mm) thick iPhone 5s look obese, and the current record holder for world's thinnest smartphone - the 0.20in (5.1mm) thin Gionee Elife S5.1 - seem a little chubby.

A device of such outstanding thinness raises questions about durability and battery life. While we cannot assume anything for the latter, the former could be made possibly courtesy of lithium-aluminum - a material that's about as strong as stainless steel, with only a third of its mass. Reportedly, it's same stuff Oppo's using in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Oppo N3.

Until Vivo sheds more light on the matter, let's quiet our enthusiasm a little and wait until the manufacturer sheds more light on what it has been up to.

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posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:00 5

1. akkel1 (Posts: 10; Member since: 25 Oct 2014)


#Bendgatesuper.....hah gaaay

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:00 10

2. ngyixian96 (Posts: 91; Member since: 05 Feb 2012)


Let the bend test begin~~~
#Bendgate

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:03 18

3. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


This is stupid. A thinner phone doesn't mean a better phone, they should focus in other matters that would give more benefit to users.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:15 10

9. maherk (Posts: 3415; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I don't find it stupid, it is a matter of taste. Just like you and me who prefer a better specs rather than a thinner profile, many others would like to have a stylish thin phone, it is a matter of taste.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:25 4

12. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It still stupid, a super thin phone is not an innovation, it's more fragile and wouldn't attract a lot of customers.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 15:35 1

37. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


maybe it's not made meant to be innovation or have good practical performance, but think this phone is made to look impresive!

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:32 1

13. Suo.Eno (Posts: 480; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


There's balanced "taste" and then there's unbalanced one so which is it?

Balanced means knowing the diffs and limits of current techs vs. cost realistic product materials and ultimately how to design around the 2 variables. Unbalanced is going for that huge compromises and hope to hell that marketing and RRP can cover the shortcomings. Ignoring these diffs are. . stupid.

So yes taste can easily backfire... Demand the impossible that's fine just don't complain about lesser durability and batt life on top of monies spent.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:34 2

29. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


So you're saying you want a phone can can only last 2 seconds of heavy gaming or a minute of navigation

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:23

11. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 724; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Bound to be extremely uncomfortable to hold...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:42 2

15. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


That is the purpose of the most popular phones. This phone is just a proof of concept, not something that's necessarily meant to offer a great user experience...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 10:18

18. genesis (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Oct 2014)


That is until Apple does it.
Then being this super thin changes everything...

posted on 28 Oct 2014, 13:31

44. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


You call this stupid? You got to think before simply commenting everything as stupid. Anyone can fill a thick phone with all the latest tech specs but it needs a good bunch of brilliant people to incorporate all that chips into such a thin phone. If they achieve it then it will be a masterpiece.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:04

4. darkskoliro (Posts: 1076; Member since: 07 May 2012)


On facebook your caption says "South Korean manufacturer Vivo"

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:06 3

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3713; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


In near future, I could be able to use a phone for shaving purpose. :)

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:09 1

6. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Sometimes, phone designers are so stupid in pushing technology to the limits. Instead of producing thinner, brittle phones, they should just opt to increasing the minimum internal storage and increasing battery capacity for every millimeter they try to shave. I'm hoping Sony won't get into this stupid trend. Z3 Compact is already good at its thickness.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:36

30. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Someone Gets my pain, as long as it isn't half an inch or bigger, i don't care

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:10 2

7. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I'll be surprised if they can put .more than 1200 mah in that ...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:38

32. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


i'd be surprised if they could put a 500 mAh battery in.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:11 2

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Put a K1 inside and you have a portable micro stove.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:15

10. Volcra (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Inb4 #snapgate

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:35 1

14. vuyonc (Posts: 987; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


It'll probably snap in two if you looked at it long enough.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:43 1

16. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Is this an actual phone or just a concept?...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 09:45 2

17. gagakiller (banned) (Posts: 176; Member since: 08 Oct 2014)


BATTERY LIFE : 3 minutes !

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:47 1

24. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Hey dont be so optimistic... I say 2,5 minutes

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:41

33. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


thsi is how long it last.

2 seconds - Heavy Gaming (which is probably how long it would work for if you become frustrated when it dies on you and snap it in half by glaring at it)

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:46

34. zacsaturday (Posts: 202; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Screen-to-body ratio is much more important.

Would you like a phone thin as paper and the size of an A5 paper with tiny screen in the middle about the size of an A7 paper.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 10:25

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1983; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


In near future thin phones made metal will cut our fingers off...
These manufacturers are crazy..

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 10:32

20. Ghost04 (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Actually it's 4.8 mm not 3.8 mm.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:01

21. Ghost04 (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Sorry, I actually mean 4.0 mm not 3.8 , according to few other sources .

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:39

23. ncallan (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Is it just the lighting or does the phone taper at both ends? Looks slightly thicker in the middle.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:50

25. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Uugh, my hands dont want to imagine how uncomfortable thus will be..... If it is so small (smaller than iPhone 5s) how are they going to put everything inside...like...no my brains cannot figure that out...

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 11:51

26. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


What's up with this whole obsession with make phone super thin???

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:38

31. neela_akaash (Posts: 1112; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


2014 has not given any great innovation in smartphone technology appart from performance upgrade. It was wasted in (useless ppi, screen size and slimming down the thickness) war.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 15:23

35. dimas (Posts: 1896; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Paper cut fetish. They're trying to assimilate phone and blade wielding in one device.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:08

27. Oceans11 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)


I picked up the Maxwest Android Virtue (Kit Kat) from YIPPZ. This phone has a 5 inch screen, 1.3GHz quad core, 8.0 mp camera and is Dual SIM. This phone has tethering & wi-fi built in. It's manufactured unlocked. I'm really excited to have it because, I am going to be traveling and I can take it with me and use it oversea's. All I have to do is pick up a sim card in the country I am visiting at the airport or at a store.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 13:24

28. Alcahas (Posts: 25; Member since: 24 Jul 2014)


Why would we care and what does your comment have to do with the original post ?

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 15:31

36. medtxa (Posts: 1115; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Ffirst 4 mm thin phone would look very impresive, make it rigid is easy by utilize more dense chassis.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 16:27 1

38. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


That looks pretty damn sexy though, if low weight, then it feels like holding nothing.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 21:59

43. Phonecall01 (unregistered)


Yeah but cameras are either protruding or not that great.

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 17:35

39. awani1 (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


Whoever says this isn't innovation is stupid.... If it wasn't for guys like this trying to slim things down we would still be in the world of super thick phone eng Sony Ericsson p800 nd super thick world war 2 military sized computers.... U never know 5mm nd lower could be the standard for a smartphone in a few years time

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 17:44

40. awani1 (Posts: 30; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


And another thing phones don't bend in android world!. I'm pretty sure if it was apple who made d gionee elite s5.1 u would be able to squeeze it in ur fist like paper!. Android ome's actually know how to make a phone

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 20:55

41. Venkatramanan (Posts: 308; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Audio jack diameter is 3.5mm. Just 0.3mm clearance???

posted on 27 Oct 2014, 21:16

42. josh_leite95 (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Not nice. at least not for me. It's same thing with quad-HD screens: just for fashion and advertising, with no practical advantages to most users.

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