Remember how thick smartphones used to be?

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)

Related phones

Xperia X10 mini
  • Display 2.5" 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
  • Storage 0.128 GB + microSDHC



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

HAHA 2,5" screen HAHA SO CUUTE

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

25. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 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

27. g2a5b0e unregistered would like that thickness in your hand. Haha.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

17. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

30. aksa123

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

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

2. DaftPunk

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

i still own an xperia mini 2011.

37. Velda

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

And I mini pro. ;-)

3. vedraj

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 04, 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

4. rkoforever90

Posts: 473; Member since: Dec 03, 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

22. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

5. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 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 .

7. wilsong17 unregistered

That is when foldable and display tech come in

15. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

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

6. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

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

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

10. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Nokia and SonyEricsson

11. trollstjerne

Posts: 4; Member since: May 04, 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.

13. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

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

14. Connie B

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

19. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

24. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

33. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

16. grivera96

Posts: 3; Member since: May 04, 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. :)

18. Gaara

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

20. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

x1 mini pro is even thicker with physical qwerty keyboard.

21. MobileNico

Posts: 96; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

LOL. Anyone remember the HTC TyTn?

26. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 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!

23. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I bet this screen will arrive on smartwatches

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