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Gionee Announces World's Thinnest Smartphone

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Gionee goes for world's thinnest.

A show like Mobile World Congress is a lot more focused than the likes of CES. While the latter is more of an 'anything goes' kind of affair, MWC is all mobile, so company's have to try harder to stand out. To that end, we are expecting next week to bring a lot of 'firsts,' 'biggests' and 'smallests.' Kicking things off is Chinese company Gionee with what it's claiming is the world's thinnest smartphone.
 
Measuring in at just 5.5 mm thick, the Elife S5.5 is thinner than the Oppo Finder (6.65 mm) and the Droid Razer (7.1 mm) and almost 2.5 mm thinner than the Elife E6, which measures in at 7.9 mm. The device bumps the current champ, the Vivo X3, off the top spot. That phone measures in at 5.75 mm.

Under the hood, you're looking at a quad-core CPU (1.7 GHz), 2 GB of RAM, a 5-inch display, a 13-megapixel camera in the back, a 5-megapixel camera up front, a 2300 mAh and Android (version not specified) with Gionee's Amigo UI on top. Support for both 3G and LTE is offered via two different models of the phone, with the latter due out in June. The 3G version is already up for pre-order in China, according to Engadget.

We'll have to wait for MWC to get a real idea of how this phone feels as well as specifics on the specs (we don't know what version of Android it runs on, anything about the display other than size, what kind of SoC is in there). We'll also look for specifics on a U.S. launch, as Gionee is apparently planning a launch in 40 countries. Let's hope we're one of them.

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    vern72 , February 19, 2014 5:17 PM
    Getting the thinnest phone of the bunch doesn't mean a lot to me. As long as the phone is about 1cm or thinner and has a good battery life, that's the main thing I look for in a form factor.
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    InvalidError , February 19, 2014 5:51 PM
    On such a thin device, I would start to seriously worry about stresses on the frame and not accidentally bending it.

    Personally, ~10mm is thin enough. Much thinner than that, the edges start digging into flesh when you squeeze it by the edges, which is not particularly comfortable when holding a device for several minutes at a time.
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    Mike Friesen , February 19, 2014 7:18 PM
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    On such a thin device, I would start to seriously worry about stresses on the frame and not accidentally bending it.
    I have a friend who accidentally bent his ipod touch fifth gen, and that is 6.1mm, and a lot shorter besides! The screen eventually lifted off the frame, which was bent about 5 degrees.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , February 19, 2014 7:33 PM
    I know I'm an outlier, but I'd rather have a phone that's three times thicker but has a removable battery... :/ 
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    velocityg4 , February 19, 2014 7:41 PM
    I'd rather it be as thick as regular smartphones. But with massive battery life. We were getting close to a month on the old fangled phones. Now we are back to a day, possibly two if you don't use it much.
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    lpedraja2002 , February 19, 2014 7:44 PM
    Those chinese phones look incredibly appealing, wish we would get that brand over here.
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    rcfant89 , February 19, 2014 10:21 PM
    Is there really any practical advantage of shaving a millimeter off a smartphone other than for marketing purposes? The average user just wants more battery life. And how about waterproofing phones? ~90-95% of smartphones from Japan are waterproof, why are we so far behind?
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    JOSHSKORN , February 19, 2014 10:55 PM
    Only 2300 mAh battery = not interested
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    gun_damin , February 19, 2014 11:25 PM
    companies, not company's
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    icycool_q1 , February 20, 2014 2:46 AM
    You think we can get this shit in Australia? :)  At the rate out GVT is going, we might have 100mbit by 2020.
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    VikingDK , February 20, 2014 6:47 AM
    Google should by in to fiber in Denmark, that way they will save mony and get a readymade infrastructure, tho fiber isent in the largest Danish Towns yet.I am looking to move to where there is fiber to get ( Again ) and i would love 1 gbit instead of the 60/60 i plan to get.
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    therealduckofdeath , February 20, 2014 8:19 AM
    Quote:
    Google should by in to fiber in Denmark, that way they will save mony and get a readymade infrastructure, tho fiber isent in the largest Danish Towns yet.I am looking to move to where there is fiber to get ( Again ) and i would love 1 gbit instead of the 60/60 i plan to get.
    This weeks 'Random Comment Award' goes to.......Dænmark!Yeah, I knøw, it's åll because of this annoying story scrolling thing they've started on here...
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    rwinches , February 20, 2014 8:30 AM
    Its not only a smartphone, it slices and dices, no need to carry a bulky knife the Elife S5.5 can slice your coldcuts and make a tasty sandwich. You can even shave with it! That's right! this one does it all! Pre-Order yours today!
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    allanitomwesh , February 20, 2014 8:41 AM
    That sounds alot like the the MT6592 processor by Mediatek,so it'll be Octacore not quad core. And the Vivo was 5.75mm, otherwise at 7.7 it wouldn't be the previous champ.