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Take that Oppo! At 6.2mm, ZTE Athena is now the world’s thinnest smartphone

May 31, 2012

Just when you thought the Oppo Finder and its 6.65mm chassis is about to clinch the world’s thinnest smartphone title, along comes another contender that will have Oppo scrambling to go to the gym and do a double check in front of the vanity mirror. ZTE is here to spoil the party for Oppo, by introducing a 6.2mm thick phone that is, for now, known as the Athena.

The ZTE Athena was first spotted in Sina Weibo, where a number of pictures were shared by the company’s director. Though they didn’t come with any specs, a source told Engadget that the ZTE Athena will be powered by a multi-core Cortex-A15 processor and boast a 720p IPS display. From the pictures, it appears to have at least a 4.3-inch screen. And despite the phone’s extremely thin profile, it is expected to ship with 64GB of internal storage. ZTE’s “Miflavor” UI overlay will run on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on the Athena.

The previews seem to a suggest that the ZTE Athena will have a Kevlar-like back cover, but we’re not totally sure if it’s not just some patterned plastic. Either way, it does look a bit more premium than the manufacturer’s other offerings.

There’s no word yet on the price and availability of the ZTE Athena. But we think there’s a better chance to see a global rollout for the phone, than for the obscure Oppo Finder. When it does ship, the ZTE Athena will have to face another former title-holder of the slimmest phone in the world, the Huawei Ascend P1 S.

When it comes to making the decision to buy a phone in your household, is it a case of “thin is in”? Do you think there’s a chance at all of seeing a decent battery being fitted inside the skinny ZTE Athena?