When Phil Schiller took the stage at Apple’s special event which saw the launch of the iPhone 5 and declared that the smartphone was the thinnest in the world, many questioned this claim.
There are at least five smartphones that are thinner than the iPhone 5’s 7.6mm thickness, which leaves us to believe that Apple may well find itself dragged into a controversy not dissimilar to Cook’s claims in April that the new iPad’s GPU was four times faster than that of the Nvidia Tegra 3.
To Apple’s credit though, the thickness of the iPhone 5 is uniform and doesn’t have any bulge. The world’s thinnest smartphone as it stands is the Oppo Finder at 6.65mm (that’s 0.95mm or 12.5 per cent thinner than the iPhone 5).
It is followed very closely by the Huawei Ascend P1 S at 6.68mm, the Fujitsu ARROWS F-07D at 6.7mm, the Droid Razr XT912 and the XT 910 at 7.1mm, a full 0.5mm thinner than the iPhone 5.
All of them though are still way thicker than the thinnest phone (not smartphone) in the world which was unveiled back in 2007. The Samsung Ultra Edition 5.9 is a feature phone that’s only 5.9mm thick and still came with a 3.2-megapixel camera and Bluetooth.
ITProPortal reported live on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5, we saw new iPod devices but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S, an iPad mini and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display.