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ZTE teases what could be the thinnest smartphone yet

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ZTE teases what could be the thinnest smartphone yet
We know that you are all loving the way that smartphone manufacturers are becoming modeling scouts and won't accept any device that has bothered to eat a cheese burger in the past 5 years. In the world of smartphones, just as in the world of modeling thin is all that matters. Being ugly or incompetent doesn't matter just so long as you're thin. 

ZTE teases what could be the thinnest smartphone yet
ZTE is the latest to jump on the thin bandwagon and try to get some free marketing for its device by making it the thinnest smartphone yet (and look, it's working!) The last smartphone to claim the "thinnest" status was Oppo's device announced just last week, which clocked in at a now disgustingly obese 6.65mm. ZTE has just teased a device, named Athena, which will be the new hotness at just 6.2mm. 

The device is said to have a 720p IPS display, a Cortex A15 processor, 64GB of storage, and probably about 3 hours of battery life since a phone that thin can't possibly have that big a battery in it. But hey! Who cares if you have to have your "mobile" device constantly plugged in and charging when it's so thin? As long as it's thin, you can slap some makeup on it and just talk about how amazing it is when it's got juice to run. It's not like users would prefer to have a bigger battery than an unnecessarily thin device... 

Ugh. 

source: Weibo 1, 2 & 3 via The Verge

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posted on 31 May 2012, 00:31 2

1. flopjoke (Posts: 42; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


It is "ugh" to see everyone trying to create the hype that my smartphone is the thinnest in the world.. but doesn't mean that batteries have to remain thick. They also get modern.. new technology comes to play, and maybe they did create a battery which is that thin and can run the whole day. Would be interesting to check it out.

posted on 31 May 2012, 05:21

14. Phullofphil (Posts: 801; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


Yeah I don't really having a phone that thin is necessary. I would take the max over the thin razr any day. Thin is cool to look at but after the first week I personally think the difference in thickness between this and like a galaxy nexus is somthing I notice and if the battery dies in three hours. (like my nexus does in five sometimes) than I really don't want that. I would expect the new iPhone 5 coming in October or so might actually a little thicker cause of LTE and such just like the new iPad and if I get twice the battery for it than right on. But than again if the iPhone 4 and 4s had a carbon fiber back lick the razr you could but a huge battery in it and make it the same width by taking off the thick piece of glass on the back for the thinner carbon fiber and would still look bad ass

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:37 3

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1071; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


My RAZR gets 2-2 1/2 days battery life on average, and has build quality that even my Apple fan friends admire. Heck, I think they designed the RAZR around the battery.They can keep this phone, I'm good.....

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:41

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


They can make it thin but wide to accomodate a bigger battery. Though I'm not a fan of thin droids.

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:42

4. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 871; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Thin and working well IE antenna reception, and battery life don't necessarily go hand in hand it seems. Why have this for just three hours and fail....clearly they are not in tune with the real consumer

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:43 2

5. MeoCao (unregistered)


Obviosly ZTE cannot compete with HTC or SS on level term, so they target a niche market to diffrentiate themselves.

I think that is good strategyto build the brand.

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:50 2

7. Commentator (Posts: 2425; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Exactly. There are consumers out there who actually DO care about thinness over battery life, and this plays to their desires.

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:49 3

6. Commentator (Posts: 2425; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Whatever. It's nice to see ZTE actually making a play at a high-end phone. I'll hold my judgement until I see its actual capabilities. Perchance ZTE has stumbled upon some revolutionary battery technology.

I'm kind of surprised that most tech websites grossly downplayed its A15 processor. That's news you don't see everyday.

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:52 1

8. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


No matter how thin, a pointless device I am sure.

posted on 31 May 2012, 00:57

9. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


The whole thinness competition can stop now and companies should focus on more battery.

posted on 31 May 2012, 01:02

10. valapsp (Posts: 476; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


I'm sorry isn't that 30 hours of battery life? Cause 3 hours is ... you know?

posted on 31 May 2012, 01:08

11. Commentator (Posts: 2425; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I'm pretty sure the three hours remark is meant to be more facetious than grounded in fact.

posted on 31 May 2012, 01:08

12. valapsp (Posts: 476; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Companies think the thinner the better. BUT it's even worse. Thinness is not a good way to attract consumers. They should consider better batteries like Moto RAZR MAXX. AND should not use anything weaker than the one in RAZR MAXX. Because the technology has reached that level of battery life and companies just have to put that in their phones.

posted on 31 May 2012, 03:18 3

13. FoneAddict (Posts: 206; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


I don't want thinness I want more Battery life!! When will smartphone manufacturers understand this!!!

posted on 31 May 2012, 10:19

16. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


20 thumbs up!

posted on 31 May 2012, 08:38

15. mercorp (Posts: 969; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Phones just cannot be too thin...
Nor too thick.
Look at the galaxy s3,it sets the standard.

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