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The Vivo X3 is the world's thinnest smartphone, but for how long?
August 27, 2013
First Published: 11:24 IST(27/8/2013)
Last Updated: 11:32 IST(27/8/2013)
The Vivo X3. Photo: AFP

The latest device from Chinese manufacturer BBK is the third handset to break the existing record for world's thinnest smartphone since June.

In what is quickly becoming a Chinese smartphone design preoccupation, yet another new handset is about to debut that can claim to be the world's thinnest.

The Vivo X3, built by BBK, is only 5.75mm at its thickest point. Yet, despite the crash diet it somehow manages to boast a 5-inch 720p display, a decent battery, 1 GB of RAM and front and rear facing cameras capable of filming full HD video. Available exclusively in China, it costs roughly €300.

Back in June when Huawei unveiled the Ascend P6, it was with some fanfare. At 6mm thick, it was by far the thinnest smartphone ever built -- the Samsung Galaxy SIV is a whopping 7.9mm and the iPhone 5 far from svelte at 7.6mm in comparison.

However, one week later, fellow Chinese phone maker Umeox announced the X5, which at 5.6mm (4mm thinner) stole Huawei's world's thinnest crown. And while the Vivo X3 is technically a whole .15mm fatter, it can still currently lay claim to being the world's thinnest as the Umeox's official launch has been delayed and is not expected to hit the shelves until this autumn. However, when it does, it is also expected to go on sale in mainland Europe as well as its native China.

If you're not already confused, you soon will be. As the Chinese smartphone market becomes more important and as Chinese phone makers grow in popularity in other markets, super thin handsets could soon become the norm.

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