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Move over iPhone 5: Meet the world’s thinnest smartphone

A Chinese company has unveiled what appears to be the thinnest smartphone in the world (opens in new tab). Vivo unleashed the X1, which is a mere 6.55mm, making it a fraction (0.1mm) thinner than its other Chinese rival, the Oppo Finder, and a full 1.05mm, or just under 14 per cent, thinner than the iPhone 5.

The handset, which costs 2600 yuan (around £270), runs Android 4.0 ICS and is powered by a dual-core system-on-chip, the Mediatek MT6577, which is based on the Cortex-A9 with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU and a 1GHz clockspeed.

Other features include a 4.7in 1,280 x 720 pixel display, an 8-megapixel rear camera which is flushed (rather than protruding like the one on the Oppo Finder).

(opens in new tab)Vivo confirmed that the phone will include pair of Beyerdynamic DTX71IE earphones and that a quad-core model based on Mediatek’s new SoC will go on sale in February 2013.

The Chinese company hasn’t confirmed whether the phone will be available in other territories but it is more than likely that it will go on sale at Chinese retailers like Focalprice, Dealextreme or Aliexpress.

Check our feature article that looks at five (and now six) super thin smartphones (opens in new tab) that are thinner than the iPhone 5. Not surprisingly, all of them run on Android.

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.