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Oppo teases another smartphone announcement for Oct 29, an alleged 0.157in (4mm) thin device

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Oppo teases another smartphone announcement for Oct 29, an alleged 0.157in (4mm) thin device
If you've been following the news lately, then you know Oppo is about to announce its next flagship smartphone, the Oppo N3, on October 29. The company has been teasing the device, which is the first to sport a rotating, motorized camera module, left and right. The latest teaser, published by one of the company's social media accounts, brings an interesting new twist to the scheme. Check out the below photo. Peeking from behind the curtain, to the right of the Oppo N3, which you'll recognize by its rotating camera, stands an all-new, never before heard of phone. Could it be the Oppo N3 Mini?

Well, no one outside of Oppo and its supply chain knows anything certain right now, but there are some crazy rumors going on! According to Chinese website CNBeta, there really is a new phone next to the Oppo N3, and it has "the world's thinnest appearance" at an alleged 0.157in (4mm) at its thinnest point! How much space does that leave for the 3.5mm headphone jack, then?

To give some perspective, today's absolute thinnest smartphone is the Gionee ELIFE 5.1, which is really, and certifiably 0.2in (5.1mm) thin. It holds the Guiness World Record for its incredibly skinny profile, and for around $325, it's one of the prettiest smartphones you can buy in China.

As the chances of these rumors fulfilling themselves for real seem rather slim, we suggest you take this announcement with a healthy serving of sodium chloride. Gionee's 0.2in (5.1mm) achievement is already insanely thin, and the alleged jump to 0.157in (4mm) seems totally out of whack. Besides, the last time we had some crazy Oppo rumors around, we almost bet the house that the Oppo Find 7 has a 50MP camera, only to end up with a 13MP camera phone that's able to stitch together separate images into one huge photo. Sheesh!

Who knows, though? Oppo is company with many ideas that doesn't hold innovation back, even if the end product doesn't sell in the tens of millions. If the unannounced partner to the Oppo N3 ends up a more reasonable (0.196) 5mm thin or bigger smartphone, we reckon we'd still be impressed.

via CNBeta

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posted on 24 Oct 2014, 07:53 10

1. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)

with 1200 mah battery

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 16:35

8. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Still longer battery life than an iPhone.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 08:00

2. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


posted on 24 Oct 2014, 08:12

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

Skip the jack stick and go for Bluetooth all-out; I've been using Bluetooth stereo headphones for a year and a half now, and I haven't looked back! B-)

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 08:26 11

4. DeDex (Posts: 111; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)

Whoa whoa whoa, let's calm down.

If it is "4mm at its thinnest point" as mentioned in the article, it probably means 4mm at the edges, and more near the middle. It's much more likely than 4mm at its thickest point, which would be downright insane.

For instance, Motorola's 2nd-gen Moto X is 3.8mm thick at its thinnest point, but 9.9mm at its thickest. So it's a cool feat, but 4mm at the thinnest point is far from necessarily meaning this new phone will break Gionee's record.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 08:46 2

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Someone buy this guy a beer.


posted on 24 Oct 2014, 09:38

7. ChriisM (Posts: 11; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)

First thing I said to myself when I read it, the HTC one was like 3mm at its thinnest, PA making click bate is all....

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 09:11 1

6. Bondurant (Posts: 574; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)

Oppo is an overrated piece of crap. The Chinese have no interest in them. Only international users seeing Chinese phones for the first time make a big deal about it.

posted on 24 Oct 2014, 16:37

9. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)

Don't call Oppo an overrated piece of crap. Oppo is a name. besides, have you used any Oppo phones your self?

posted on 25 Oct 2014, 08:11 1

10. HermanR (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Mar 2014)

#BENDGATE Winner is coming!

posted on 26 Oct 2014, 06:30

11. steodoreben (Posts: 361; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)

In terms of innovation, Oppo N3 is a clear winner. HTC Desire Eye is a gimmicky piece of s**t. I'm afraid that Oppo might bend in no time, still I commend them for making a thin device.

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