In the battle for smartphone competitiveness and device prominence the latest popular selling point is device thinness. More and more manufacturers are cutting down on the thickness of their devices and marketing their latest products as their “thinnest yet”. From Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, to the latest MotoX and Samsung Note 4, thinness has become a premium selling point.
With this said, none of this compares to what one Chinese company has planned. Vivo, a mobile phone manufacturer not well known in the West, is reportedly working on a device so thin that it breaks all previous records in smartphone size. The company’s new smartphone is being reported to be just 3.8mm thick. To put this in perspective, this would be exactly half of the thickness of 2013’s iPhone 5S.
The information on this phone should only be treated as a rumor for the moment. The company is yet to comment on a series of images shared on popular chinese microblogging platform Weibo, which appear to show phone with an ultra-thin form factor being compared to the iPhone 5S.
This being said, Vivo has a history of pushing smartphone boundaries. It was the first company to release a smartphone with an ultra high definition QHD display, and for a while its previous Vivo X3 smartphone (pictured above) was the slimmest on the market. This title however has since fallen to the Gionee Elife S5.1 which is a mere 5.5mm thick.
Regardless of whether this 3.8mm phone ever materialises, serious questions need to be asked about the need for phones so thin. At these dimensions, smartphones would undoubtedly have worse battery life and larger problems with overheating. Furthermore, as the #Bendgate scandal proved, large phones which are still thin, are often not structurally sound, and are susceptible to deformation.
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