News by Luke Jones on Wednesday December 10, 2014.
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The Oppo R5 was launched last month as the worlds thinnest ever smartphone, but I wrote at the time that the title would probably be short lived. And so it has proved as we now have a new device that will carry the accolade as the thinnest smartphone on the market. Vivo announced the X5 Max today, a smartphone that at its thinnest part is just 0.15in (3.98mm).Even at its thickest point (4.75mm) the X5 Max is thinner by 0.10mm over the Oppo R5 and also the Gionee Elife, which actually has the Guinness Record as the thinnest smartphone. To get the device this thin, Vivo had to perform a technical juggling act to keep the specs high but the components and body thin. The motherboard is just 1.7mm thick, while the speaker is the thinnest ever made at 2.45mm, and the screen assembly is a measly 1.36mm. There is however a dual SIM slot and 3.5mm audio jack that takes up a huge swathe of the devices profile. The specs are surprisingly solid and fall into the upper echelons of the mid-range market. There is a 5.5-inch Super AMBOLED display with Full HD 1080p resolution, Qualcomm's 64-but Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, and 2GB of RAM. There is a 13 megapixel snapper around back, while a 5 megapixel lens will take care of those selfies. Elsewhere 16GB of on board storage is supplemented by micro SD card support, while the device is run by Android 4.4.4 KitKat with the Vivo's proprietary Funtouch OS 2.0 on top. The handset will be rolled out on December 22 in China and will carry a price of around $485. We hope this comes to other markets outside of Asia, but we have our doubts.
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