VIVO reveals what it takes to make the world's thinnest phone, that 4.75mm X5 Max
Someone give these guys a flexible display, and make them create a bendable phone! Seriously, VIVO's effort at making the world's thinnest handset, the X5 Max, are very impressive. It turns out that the way to achieve that breathtaking 4.75mm profile has been to situate 90% of the internal components to the side of the device, which would be a good know-how on the way to a bendable device with a flexible OLED panel, too.
While we are daydreaming, VIVO is hard at work outing teasers and explanations how it did it, and, as you can see in the photos below, the 786 microscopic components of the motherboard have all been moved to the side, along with the camera module, though probably not the battery, as these packs tend to be pretty big already, at least for today's smartphone standards.
As a reminder, the handset features a 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and an octa-core 1.7 GHz processor, running Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Someone even got a hold on an actual unit, and measured it up for the world to see, confirming the 4.75 mm paradigm, which makes the X5 Max the thinnest kid on a block full of beach bodies.
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