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Calling Out Apple: The iPhone 5 is NOT “The World's Thinnest Smartphone"


Apple CEO Tim Cook and Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, may have wowed the faithful at the iPhone 5 keynote kickoff on September 12th but not all of the stats the suits were trumpeting stand up to scrutiny. Schiller heralded the iPhone 5 by stating “It's the thinnest and lightest iPhone we've ever made, and best of all, it's the world's thinnest smartphone.”

While the first part of his praise can't be argued, Schiller should have quit while he was ahead, before the “best of all” boast. In his defense, perhaps Schiller wasn't aware of a little-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer called OPPO and their very thin smartphone, the OPPO Finder.





The OPPO Finder isn't a 4G phone and it's only available in China. Introduced this past June, the phone is just 6.65mm thick – that's 2.65mm thinner than the iPhone 4S and 0.95mm thinner than the iPhone 5. That's it in the image above, sandwiched between a pair of iPhone 4s's

Let's take things a step further. The OPPO Finder features a raised ring around its camera lens, bulging the phone's thickness to 7.1mm... still 0.5mm thinner than the 7.6mm iPhone 5.        



Several other competitive smartphones out-slim the iPhone 5 as well, most notably Motorola's original Droid RAZR for Verizon at 7.1mm and the Chinese Huawei Ascend P1 S at 6.68mm. Both of these phones feature camera lens bulges that break through the 7.6mm thickness of the iPhone 5, however.





Yet another challenger, potentially at least, is the 6.2mm thick Athena from China's ZTE. Announced just a few days after OPPO released the Finder, the Athena still awaits an official release date.

Until then, the OPPO Finder rules the roost as the slimmest smartphone out there. See it here and here; just be sure not to hold it sideways when you do. (via Android Guys, TechRadar, Droid Life, and Android Community)

Comments
Sep 23, 2012
by Anonymous

apple didnt say that the

apple didnt say that the iphone 5 was the thinnest PHONE, but they said that it was the thinnest IPHONE.

Sep 23, 2012
by Anonymous

WORLD'S THINNEST SMARTPHONE

Schiller said “It's the thinnest and lightest iPhone we've ever made, and best of all, it's the world's thinnest smartphone.” WORLD'S THINNEST SMARTPHONE. You sound like an iPhone owner.

Sep 24, 2012
by Anonymous

Yeah, I watched the keynote,

Yeah, I watched the keynote, Phil mistakenly said the iPhone 5 is the worlds thinnest smartphone. Apple fanboy.

Sep 24, 2012
by Anonymous

Not quite the thinnest..

You see... when you take a thickness of an object, you'd take the overall thickness. I'm sure this phone won't slide through a 6.7mm slot...

You see.. in comparison, iPhone 5's still thinner...

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^_^

Sep 26, 2012
by Anonymous

As the article mentioned,

As the article mentioned, the iPhone 5 is 0.5mm thicker when taking the camera into account; iPhone is 7.6mm thick, other phone is 7.1mm thick at the thickest part. So it's not thinner.

Oct 4, 2012
by Anonymous

iPhone defects

The iPhone 5 defect in the map is just a setback compared to samsung S galaxy. I think apple should look into that quickly. And true, its not even the world thinnest smartphone

Oct 16, 2012
by Anonymous

hate to tell you but that

hate to tell you but that camera is well over a mm thickness...if the whole rest of the phone is 6 mm i certainly cant count 6 of those cameras against the body of that phone

Oct 16, 2012
by Anonymous

i have yet to see

any phones whos complete package is thinner than the iPhone 5, I dont eve remember in the history of measuring "thick"ness you measure an item at its thinnest point.

Oct 16, 2012
by Anonymous

i watched the keynote but youre the fanboy

"Yeah, I watched the keynote,
Yeah, I watched the keynote, Phil mistakenly said the iPhone 5 is the worlds thinnest smartphone. Apple fanboy."

He watched the keynote and called someone else a fanboy?!