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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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.