Oppo preparing new contender for world’s thinnest smartphone crown – the 6.13 mm R809T

April 10, 2013
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The race for the world’s thinnest smartphone title used to be extremely heated not long ago, but lately it seems like manufacturers don’t care as much about this crown as they used to.

Which is understandable, seeing as a new contender pops out of nowhere every couple of months, boasting a thinner profile by a hundredth of an inch than the current champion, only to disappear soon after without leaving a mark on anybody.

And let’s face it, why would you need to have the thinnest smartphone when there are heaps of perfectly fine, super-slim, but not record-breaking devices out there? Do one or two mm make such a big difference?

Probably not, but if you’re still keen on owning the slimmest handheld around, you might want to hold off for a little while. That’s because, according to rumors, Oppo is prepping a mystery device, known only as the R809T, with a 6.13 mm (0.24 inches) thin profile.

That’s about 0.4 mm thinner than Alcatel’s One Touch Idol Ultra, a 4.65-inch phone unveiled at CES back in January and expected to make its debut sometime in Q2. Even if it’s not yet official, Oppo’s R809T is almost definitely legit and headed towards us in just two weeks.

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More like headed towards China in two weeks, but you get the idea. The launch is allegedly slated for April 26, and, even if you don’t care too much about owning the thinnest smartphone in the world, you might want to give this fellow a shot.

The skinny phone is not a powerhouse by any standards, but it sounds like it could have a decent quality-price ratio. Expected to go for around 2,500 Yuan ($399) outright, it packs a quad-core Mediatek MT6589 CPU and 1 GB of RAM inside a body whose display measures 4.5 inches in diagonal and boasts a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution.

Unfortunately, all the other specs and features are kept secret, including the battery’s capacity, so it remains to be seen what kind of ticker can Oppo pack inside such a thin gadget.

Do you think there’s any way the R809T will also feature a decently sized battery? Would you still be interested in the phone if that turns out to be feeble? Should Oppo think about releasing this outside China as well? We’re all ears.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    You can always make thinner phones, but the specs (and battery life) always get worse, so what’s the point?

    • Appogee

      Because the phone isn’t meant for people wanting to spend $600+ on a phone off contract. The 2500 yuan is still pricy, but disregarding the Nexus 4, ~$350 isn’t bad. Mediatek’s most recent quad-core chip is being used in a lot of low end phones because it can handle workload decently, performing pretty close to the S4 dual-cores, which isn’t bad.

      • MasterMuffin

        Even if I don’t spend $600+ I still want mah battery life