The China-based electronics company Vivo claims that its Vivo X1 is the thinnest smartphone in the world. Measuring only 6.55 in thickness, the handset bests the Oppo Find 5 by a mere 0.1 mm. It is also said to be 14% thinner than the iPhone 5, which measures 7.6 mm thick. It may be recalled that Apple claimed that the iPhone 5 was the thinnest smartphone during its launch event.
Presumably, the competition to produce the world’s thinnest smartphone is intense because having such title generates interest in the device. On the part of the phone maker, it is hoped that the interest translates to sales. However, one phone maker’s claim over this title is commonly short-lived, as company after company tries to outdo each other in the race for the thinnest.
When the hype dies down about a phone’s dimensions, however, its features remain important to enable the phone maker to keep selling units of the device. For the Vivo X1, these pertain to its 1GHz Mediatek MT6577 Cortex-A9 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The smartphone also features a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Beyerdynamic DTX71IE earphones, and an 8-megapixel main camera. Vivo is also scheduled to reveal a quad-core model of the phone by February 2013.
Meanwhile, ZTE is reportedly developing a smartphone that measures only 6.22 mm. This will effectively topple the Vivo X1 from its top spot—that is, until another phone manufacturer comes up with an even thinner device.
For those who are interested in getting their hands on the Vivo X1, one’s best bet would be to purchase it from Aliexpress, Dealextreme, or Focalprice. It is not expected to be available internationally. The Vivo X1, furthermore, still has no release date or price yet.