One way or another, we will finally get to see the “world’s thinnest smartphone” in the coming days, and no, it’s not the Ascend P1 (in spite of Huawei claiming that title at CES in January).
A few weeks ago, we’ve told you that Oppo, a relatively unknown Chinese phone maker, was gearing to claim Huawei’s record, with a smartphone that is just 6.65 mm thick (about a quarter of an inch).
Oppo’s ultra-thin device is now known as the Finder and is pegged to hit the stores in less than a week. The Finder is thinner than the iPhone at 9.3mm, the Galaxy S2 at 8.45mmm and the Droid RAZR at 7.1mm. It’s even a notch thinner than the Huawei Ascend P1, which measures 6.68mm across its profile. In case you’re wondering, the difference between the two is just 0.03mm or 0.0011 inch, hardly something that would stick out, but enough to ensure Oppo its five minutes of fame.
For those who are crying “vaporware!”, the Oppo Finder is not some imaginary handset or prototype. The device will be available for pre-order on June 6, only in China for now. The device will cost no less than 3,999 yuan or roughly $630. Too pricey? Perhaps, yeah. But that’s the price you’ll have to pay for owning the thinnest smartphone ever to grace Android land, right?
Speaking of Android, as you may have guessed by now, the Oppo Finder will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Although it’s “only” dual-core, we’re pretty sure performance is not the main reason for which you’ll consider getting this phone. So, its 1.5GHz processor should be good enough. Add to that some standard high-end smartphone fare, such as a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8MP camera capable of capturing 1080p video, and 1GB of RAM. Everything is pack tight in an iPhone-sque casing that is sure to turn some heads. No word on battery life, though, which is a bit worrying.
What do you guys make of this Oppo Finder?