Umeox X5 could be the thinnest smartphone yet, coming in at just 5.6mm-thick

by: Andrew GrushMay 28, 2013


It seems like every time we turn around a new device is vying for the title of “world’s thinnest smartphone”. For a while, the Alcatel One Touch Idol held the honors. Then the upcoming Huawei Ascend P6 prepared to take the title. Now it is apparently the Umeox X5’s turn.

I know you are thinking it, so I’ll just say it: Who the hell is Umeox? Fair question. Umeox is a smaller Chinese handset maker that sells its products primarily in China, though it also sales some of its devices in Europe through Thomson Mobile. In other words, they aren’t exactly a big name company, but they hope to change this with the X5.

If you thought the P6 was small at 6.3mm, you’ll drop your jaw at the Umeox X5’s 118 x 60 x 5.6mm profile. Beyond its small size, what else do we know about the handset? Not much. We know it will run Jelly Bean and it will launch in China sometime in July. That’s it, though.


It seems that Umeox is hoping it can generate hype for the phone solely based on its thin design. That’s all well and good, but being a few millimetres smaller than your average handset probably won’t make too much of a difference if the hardware isn’t up to snuff.

Even if the Umeox X5 does end up killing it in the hype and sales department, it will more than likely never make it too far beyond its homeland. Certainly don’t expect it make its way to the U.S. market, as its ultra-thin profile will likely prevent it from obtaining FCC certification (as was the case of the Alcatel One Touch Idol).

Are you impressed by the Umeox X5’s incredibly thin 5.6mm design, or do you feel that the war over becoming the “thinnest” handset is nothing more than a gimmick that matters little when it comes to real-world use?

  • dnyank1

    umeox x5… the name just rolls off the tongue. AND it gives you radiation poisoning! great! (lack of FCC clearance scares me)

  • dnyank1

    umeox x5… the name just rolls off the tongue. AND it gives you radiation poisoning! great! (lack of FCC clearance scares me)

  • I got a chance to handle the OneTouch Utra at CES… I have to admit I’m not as big a fan of ultra thin as I thought…. It just didn’t feel right… Too thin IMHO, Not by much, about 8-9mm is the thinnest phone I feel I’ve used that has good hand feel… I realized I’d rather have a thicker (8-15mm) device with better specs and hand feel than the thinnest thing out there… It is interesting to see the players that are pushing the thickness envelope, but for me that’s not my top priority….

  • Ugo Marceau

    It’s great that they can make 5mm thick phones, but I would pay more if it was 8mm thick and all those extra millimeters were used for lodging a humongous battery in there.
    Components should be getting thinner, but only to allow bigger batteries to be used, not to reduce device thickness.
    At least until some new battery technology is found that allows a decent spec list and a week between charges (keep on dreamin’…)

  • guest

    thinness is important until about 5mm, because after that it just becomes uncomfortable to hold.

  • jusephe

    Waiting for a note 3 with over 10 mm thickness and a 5000 mAh battery to power Exynos 5 octa with 8 CPUs and GPUs for three days and beyond.

    This phone looks like a battery isn’t included and if it is, it will run a under clocked single A-9 core CPU for about 5 hours at most.

    • MrJigolo

      You’re going to be disappointed for the rest of your life.

  • MasterMuffin

    This is ridiculous, you can always make a thinner device but the specs get worse and worse. Hey, lets make a 2mm thin phone with 100mAh battery and a tiny single core CPU! Who really needs more than 128kb of RAM? No camera of course (unless it’ s like qvga)!

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    This is almost the perfect thickness! So, with a case, it could be less than 10 mm.