Vivo set to announce the thinnest smartphone ever

by: Matthew BensonNovember 1, 2014

vivo thinnest smartphone

Back in 2001, Derek Zoolander had the world’s smallest phone. Ever. Now that phablets are all the rage however, small is out. Thin, though, is still in. Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha is sleek. Apple’s iPhone 6 is svelte. Oppo’s R5 is positively petite, and now Chinese manufacturer Vivo is preparing to launch a device so small, it’s practically nonexistent. Earlier today the company took to Sina Weibo, China’s sprawling microblogging network, and teased a trio of pictures showcasing an unknown phone. One of these must simply be seen to be believed:


The larger phone is clearly an iPhone 5/5s, and based on Liliputing’s estimations, that means we’re talking about a device around 3.8mm, or roughly 0.15 inches. This impressive feat of engineering would make this so thin, questions must be raised about what can possibly be inside.

Although, judging by the impressive specs on Oppo’s soon-to-be-dethroned new announcement, there is a chance the internals could be decent if not actually good. Still, Samsung and Oppo have removed the Micro SD card support from their anorexic devices, with the latter’s offering even loosing its headphone jack in the weight loss process. It remains to be seen just how thin is too thin, and what future sacrifices will be made in this questionable race, but for now we will need to wait for an official product announcement.

  • inb4 “Will it bend?” comments.

  • MasterMuffin

    If they make it big enough, it could have decent specs and battery life, but I doubt. A tablet this thin could be something. With phones it just means bad specs and battery life. Still cool though!

  • Stephanie Halliday

    can’t wait to see this…

  • Levi Heaton

    You dont need an sd card when you use the cloud, and you dont need a headphone jack when you use bluetooth headesets. I would love to see a phone this thin. Wow!

    • Paco Inurreta

      Im with you with the “no need” but I would love me some extra storage just in case. Still, Im not sure if I would ever go this thin, sometimes I feel my Galaxy S4 is bending inside my front pocket, with this I’ll just die first day.

      • Levi Heaton

        I put a ballistic case on every phone I getm 32gbs is plenty of storage. I have never evn maxed 16gds on my phones.

    • Connor

      I can’t flash ROMs from the cloud. I need storage.

      • Levi Heaton

        32gb in more than enough.

        • [S]unjay

          32GB is too small. Can’t hold half of my music library, and will probably be finished when with my entire library + videos + apps and games

          • Levi Heaton

            I dont store music. I use Pandora and Slacker.

          • Levi Heaton

            I dont store movies either. I use netflix, hulu, and crackle and if I download a movie I only keep it on my phone until im done watching it. I have a couple hundred apps on my phone and it doesnt even take 5 gigs.

      • John Titor

        Well, actually you can with twrp.

    • [S]unjay

      You don’t need a girlfriend when you have your hand. Seriously, local storage > the cloud and wires is still the best option for sound reproduction.

      • Levi Heaton

        Completely disagree with you in everyhing you just said. I have lg bluetooth stereo headset and the sound quality is better thn any ears buds I ever had.

        • Guest

          Then you bought shitty earbuds

    • Anonymousfella

      An impressive feat of engineering but would you like to use a phone this thin daily? There would be a lot of compromises.

      • Levi Heaton

        I think its neat. I dontnneed a sd slot or a headphone jack.

    • Karly Johnston

      I’m not using the cloud without unlimited data.

      • Levi Heaton

        Sounds like a hitty problem to have. :-)

  • Guest

    jesus is that an iphone 5s? I’m appalled by how you hypocrites just ignore the blatant plagiarism

    • butthole

      youre retarded

      • Maxim∑

        yeah that was a dumb comment

        however they could at minimum be honest and show the 6 in comparison

  • nips

    Fcukin sex.

    • Corey James Bartlett

      *sexy, but i agree

  • Anonymousfella

    This is getting out of hand. Real smartphones have curves.

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  • J_Pod

    2-D phones in 3…2…1..

  • Battery is probably just as bad as the iPhone’s though.

    • s2weden2000

      It’s pretty sure still bigger than the aijphoney battery…

  • “Boy arrested for cutting car tires with smartphone” comes to mind. :P

  • MXNB
  • Mark Kendrick

    Instead of razor thin phones why don’t we chunk them just a tad and give us some damn battery life. The droid turbo is a good example, it’s a good size and that battery…

  • Jonathan TAM

    It’s only useful as a knife and for bragging rights.

  • sean zemunij

    This is called innovation people. These guys are taking a risk. They are doing things companies like apple won’t do. As usual the android market is trying new stuff. Good on them

    • I completely agree.

      I completely agree.

    • The Calm Critic

      It’s not real innovation to me if it’s also gonna come with the world’s thinnest batt capacity… unless if Vivo really does have a multi day batt life magic going on. If not well it’s still innovative marketing fluff.

      • s2weden2000

        go and buy the aijphoney then..there’s innovation for yA…L 0 L

  • matticitt

    Well, the headphone jack is 3.5mm so it technically could still be there.

  • Vinay Mallik

    thats insanely thin

  • flye

    paper thin here we come!

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!

  • JL

    But, does it bend?

  • lukas

    #bendgate is out the, #foldgate here we come

  • meyerweb

    Battery life? My guess is as short as the phone is thin.