Vivo might be making a 0.14in (3.8mm) thin smartphone, has the pictures to assert it

Vivo might be making a 0.14in (3.8mm) thin smartphone, has the pictures to assert it
It was only last week that we wrote about Oppo possibly blowing everyone's minds with a smartphone that could be as thin as 0.157in (4mm) at its thinnest point. Honestly, one can expect everything from Oppo, but we refused to believe that particular grain of rumor mill produce until we've seen it with our eyes. Be careful what you wish for, they say, for Chinese manufacturer Vivo heard what its competitor was up to, and it showed off a smartphone of its own that's... hold on to your suspenders... a whopping 0.14in (3.8mm) thin! 

Can you imagine that? Seriously, you can't, so check out the photos. The side contour of this unnamed device does not look like a phone at all - it looks like a surgical tool! It's equally ominous and awe-inspiring. It also makes the 0.29in (7.6mm) thick iPhone 5s look obese, and the current record holder for world's thinnest smartphone - the 0.20in (5.1mm) thin Gionee Elife S5.1 - seem a little chubby.

A device of such outstanding thinness raises questions about durability and battery life. While we cannot assume anything for the latter, the former could be made possibly courtesy of lithium-aluminum - a material that's about as strong as stainless steel, with only a third of its mass. Reportedly, it's same stuff Oppo's using in its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Oppo N3.

Until Vivo sheds more light on the matter, let's quiet our enthusiasm a little and wait until the manufacturer sheds more light on what it has been up to.

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43 Comments

1. akkel1

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

#Bendgatesuper.....hah gaaay

2. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Let the bend test begin~~~ #Bendgate

3. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

This is stupid. A thinner phone doesn't mean a better phone, they should focus in other matters that would give more benefit to users.

9. maherk

Posts: 6715; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I don't find it stupid, it is a matter of taste. Just like you and me who prefer a better specs rather than a thinner profile, many others would like to have a stylish thin phone, it is a matter of taste.

12. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It still stupid, a super thin phone is not an innovation, it's more fragile and wouldn't attract a lot of customers.

37. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

maybe it's not made meant to be innovation or have good practical performance, but think this phone is made to look impresive!

13. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

There's balanced "taste" and then there's unbalanced one so which is it? Balanced means knowing the diffs and limits of current techs vs. cost realistic product materials and ultimately how to design around the 2 variables. Unbalanced is going for that huge compromises and hope to hell that marketing and RRP can cover the shortcomings. Ignoring these diffs are. . stupid. So yes taste can easily backfire... Demand the impossible that's fine just don't complain about lesser durability and batt life on top of monies spent.

29. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

So you're saying you want a phone can can only last 2 seconds of heavy gaming or a minute of navigation

11. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Bound to be extremely uncomfortable to hold...

15. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That is the purpose of the most popular phones. This phone is just a proof of concept, not something that's necessarily meant to offer a great user experience...

18. genesis

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 27, 2014

That is until Apple does it. Then being this super thin changes everything...

44. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

You call this stupid? You got to think before simply commenting everything as stupid. Anyone can fill a thick phone with all the latest tech specs but it needs a good bunch of brilliant people to incorporate all that chips into such a thin phone. If they achieve it then it will be a masterpiece.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

On facebook your caption says "South Korean manufacturer Vivo"

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

In near future, I could be able to use a phone for shaving purpose. :)

6. dimas

Posts: 3296; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Sometimes, phone designers are so stupid in pushing technology to the limits. Instead of producing thinner, brittle phones, they should just opt to increasing the minimum internal storage and increasing battery capacity for every millimeter they try to shave. I'm hoping Sony won't get into this stupid trend. Z3 Compact is already good at its thickness.

30. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Someone Gets my pain, as long as it isn't half an inch or bigger, i don't care

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I'll be surprised if they can put .more than 1200 mah in that ...

32. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

i'd be surprised if they could put a 500 mAh battery in.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Put a K1 inside and you have a portable micro stove.

10. Volcra

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Inb4 #snapgate

14. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

It'll probably snap in two if you looked at it long enough.

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Is this an actual phone or just a concept?...

17. gagakiller

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

BATTERY LIFE : 3 minutes !

24. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

Hey dont be so optimistic... I say 2,5 minutes

33. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

thsi is how long it last. 2 seconds - Heavy Gaming (which is probably how long it would work for if you become frustrated when it dies on you and snap it in half by glaring at it)

34. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Screen-to-body ratio is much more important. Would you like a phone thin as paper and the size of an A5 paper with tiny screen in the middle about the size of an A7 paper.

19. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

In near future thin phones made metal will cut our fingers off... These manufacturers are crazy..

20. Ghost04

Posts: 516; Member since: May 03, 2014

Actually it's 4.8 mm not 3.8 mm.

21. Ghost04

Posts: 516; Member since: May 03, 2014

Sorry, I actually mean 4.0 mm not 3.8 , according to few other sources .

23. ncallan

Posts: 43; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Is it just the lighting or does the phone taper at both ends? Looks slightly thicker in the middle.

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