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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. 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).

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 that are thinner than the iPhone 5. Not surprisingly, all of them run on Android.

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