Is the Apple iPhone 5 the world’s thinnest smartphone? Yes and no.

September 14, 2012
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Less than 48 hours have passed since Apple announced the iPhone 5, which means we’re barely at the start of all the media coverage we can expect this device to receive from the tech press. One thing people are discussing is Apple’s claim that the iPhone 5 is “the thinnest smartphone in the world“.

Is it? That depends on how you measure devices. At 7.6 mm the new iPhone is pretty anorexic; then again the Motorola Droid RAZR, the first one, the one that was announced in October 2011, is even thinner at 7.1 mm. But, and this is a big but, it has a huge hump at the top of the device that’s 10.6 mm thick according to Engadget.

There’s also some devices in China that we’d like to point out. Take the Oppo Finder for example. It’s a 2012 Android smartphone that’s just 6.65 mm thin. Yes, it has a hump like the RAZR, but even when you take that into account it’s still about as thick as the iPhone 5. That being said, good luck trying to find the Finder in a store. It’s a device that may be China’s thinnest smartphone, but definitely not the world’s.

Other thin Chinese phones include the Huawei Ascend P1 S, which is 6.68 mm thin, but it too includes a hump. That and like the Finder, it’s difficult to buy. The “fatter” version, the one that’s a little easier to purchase, is the P1. That’s 7.69 mm thin, which is less than a tenth of a millimeter thicker than the iPhone. ZTE’s Athena, which hasn’t hit store shelves yet, and as far as we can tell is still being finalized, is 6.2 mm thin, which is a downright amazing technical achievement, but we have to repeat ourselves: Will it ever leave China?

Bottom Line: Is the iPhone 5 the thinnest smartphone on the planet? We can go either way. Clearly the iPhone 5 isn’t exactly the “thinnest” device to ever be announced, but unlike the Finder, the P1 S, and the Athena, the new iPhone will actually sell in the tens of millions of units in over 200 countries by the end of 2012.

That has to count for something, right?

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