At the moment, the 4.85mm Oppo R5 is still the thinnest smartphone on the market. However, it will not hold much longer, as a new contender has taken aim at its crown - the crazy-thin Vivo X5 Max
, which might measure anywhere between 3.6 and 4.0 mm
(though it was initially said that it will be 4.75mm thick).
The phone will make its official debut tomorrow, on December 10
, which will make it the slimmest smartphone in the world. It will also try to woo you with its 5.5-inch 1080p display, octa-core MediaTek silicon running at 1.7Ghz, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera at the back, all crammed like sardines in its ultra-slim silhouette.
Well, it also seems that Vivo might have a smaller, mini version of its upcoming X5 Max. Reportedly, it will be known as the Vivo X5F, if China's TENAA certification web site is to be believed, as the munchkin has been spotted right there. It will have a 5-inch display, presumably the same MediaTek SoC (though clocked at 1.5Ghz) and hardware muscle altogether.
However, it will not retain the slim profile of its bigger counterpart. Measuring 143.3 × 71.1 × 6.3 mm, the Vivo X5F will be 1.55mm thicker than the Vivo X5 Max. Well, that's very thin on its own as well, but it somehow fails to impress when we consider that the larger X5 Max has a much slimmer profile.
The most probable reason for this thicker profile is a pure physical one - despite being way thinner, the Vivo X5 Max is also taller and wider, thus there's more space to fit in all of the necessary hardware, whereas Vivo had to resort to a thicker profile in order put the same range of hardware inside the more compact X5F.
Figuratively speaking, would you rather get a slimmer/bigger phone or a more compact, but thicker handset? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
The Vivo X5F gets caught at TENAA