Oppo cuts gadget waistline to achieve world's thinnest phone

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


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26 Comments

1. GuiltyBystander

Posts: 199; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

I wonder if it's comfortable to hold.

2. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

14. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

24. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Battery life, anyone?

3. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

20. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

5. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 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

7. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 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?

8. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 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

10. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 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.

25. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

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

18. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 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

23. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"costs less (fewer materials)" To make smaller device costs more than materials...

9. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

11. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

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

12. DFranch

Posts: 555; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

26. kristof

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 01, 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 .

13. android1234

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 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.

16. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

17. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

19. quryous

Posts: 106; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

22. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Because you think the design looks like an iPhone?

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