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5 skinny phones that prove the iPhone 5 is not the world’s thinnest smartphone

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.

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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) (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 (opens in new tab) on Apple’s announcement. Other than the iPhone 5 (opens in new tab), we saw new iPod devices (opens in new tab) but no cheaper version of the iPhone 4S (opens in new tab), an iPad mini (opens in new tab) and potentially a 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.