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Oppo teases 6.65 mm thick smartphone, to take the title of world's thinnest in September

Do we really need super thin phones?
April 27, 2012
oppo thinnest smartphone

When many of today’s smartphones resemble each other in terms of design, and, to some extent, in terms of hardware and software, manufacturers clearly need some touches of originality here and there, just to differentiate their products. That’s why some phone makers are battling it out for the titles of “world’s most powerful”, “world’s thinnest”, or “world’s lightest” device. However, things change so quickly in the mobile business, that the average user risks getting even more confused when choosing a device based on these self-styled titles.

Case in point: just a few months back, when Huawei unveiled the Ascend P1 S, the device was dubbed the world thinnest smartphone. But before Huawei’s device even hit the market, another “player” came along, challenging the respective title.

Yesterday, China-based Oppo has “slipped” a photo to Engadget China, supposedly showing the phone maker’s upcoming Android-based smartphone. Measuring an incredibly thin 6.65 mm (0.26 inches), this still unnamed device is set to be 1 mm (or 0,039 inch) thinner than the Huawei Ascend P1 S.

That should make a huge difference to any smartphone lover out there (insert ironic grin here), which is why this upcoming Oppo device should be watched out for by all the important players in today’s technology market (or not).

Irony aside, we must say that, while we can’t make much of that leaked photo from Engadget, the smartphone looks pretty stylish and elegant. Some might say that it closely resembles the iPhone 4/4S. But hey, we’re talking about an unknown manufacturer from China, and making gadgets very similar to Apple’s iDevices is kind of their thing, isn’t it?

The Oppo device will supposedly hit the local Chinese market in September. There are no hardware details known about this future smartphone for now, while on the software front we only know that the device will run Android. We can also guess from the leaked pic that Oppo’s future gadget will come with an optional dock of some sorts and that the touchscreen will house three capacitive Android navigation keys.

What do you guys think? Will you be looking for this new challenger to the title of the world’s thinnest smartphone? Or has this quest for shaving off another 0.0000000001 inch become plain boring?