There’ve been plenty of ultra-snappy, super-thin and/or uber-stylish high-end smartphones to come out in China lately, but you can never have too many options, can you? That said, let’s welcome the Vivo X1, another contender for the title of “world’s thinnest smartphone”.
Manufactured by BBK, Oppo’s parent company, the X1 is not all about thinness, though the spec sheet on the whole doesn’t look that great. The 4.7-inch IPS display only comes with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution, while the hardware could definitely be better – there’s just a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor under the hood and 1 GB of RAM.
You’ll certainly not be impressed about the 16 GB of on-board storage either (especially that there’s no microSD support), while the dual 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras and the 2,000 mAh battery are decent, but nothing special. On the flipside, you’ll be happy to hear this big guy is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but also that it only measures 6.55 mm in thickness.
We don’t know if the Vivo X1 is the absolute thinnest phone in the world (and frankly, we’ve stopped caring about that a while ago), but what’s clear is this device is very sleek, stylish and elegant. We love the industrial look and the fact that it comes in black and white, while if we had something to complain design-wise that would be the pretty thick bezel and the on-screen buttons.
Another area where the X1 shines is audio playing, helped by a state of the art Cirrus Logic CS4398 digital-analog converter, a CS8422 sample-rate converter and a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 71 IE earbuds that are offered as part of the standard 2,498 yuan ($400) package.
The X1 is only up for pre-order for now, but it’s expected to start shipping real soon. BBK also promised another high-end device in the near future, whose spec sheet will include a bezel-free 1080p display and a 13 MP camera. That sounds more like our tune, though we wouldn't mind seeing the X1 in the “Free World” either. Who's with us?