As expected, manufacturers and tech companies are lining up for their share of the spotlight at the upcoming IFA trade show in Berlin next month. The latest to join the fray is a relatively unknown Chinese manufacturer who is expected to unveil the world’s thinnest smartphone: the Umeox X5.

Umeox started appearing on our radars last May when we heard about this latest attempt to bag the ever elusive title of “world’s thinnest smartphone”. The current title holder is Huawei with its Ascend P6, which is just 6.18 mm thick. The Vivo X3, which is tipped to launch later later this month, is trying to claim that title at 6 mm flat. The Umeox X5, then, is definitely a contender as rumors put it at a thickness of 5.6 mm. That’s thinner than even a pencil!

Aside from that, there are no other details to go on with the X5. It is said to be coming with a 4-inch display and powered by a MediaTek chip. It is also rumored to have dual 5 megapixel cameras. Anyone that’s interested to find out if the X5 will outmatch the Ascend P6 in other aspects will just have to wait for the first week of September when the device is finally unveiled under the Thomson brand.

There will come a time when this race will start to become impractical unless sturdier or more flexible materials are developed. Truth be told, we’d probably prefer a device with a decent battery and one we’d not be too worried about breaking in our pockets. But then again, the way phone sizes are trending, maybe no one’s expected to put phones in their pockets anymore.

VIA: Gizchina

  • Fred

    No thanks, this competition is as stupid as tallest building. 5mp camera?? 2 hr battery life

    • adelseghir

      I’m the happy owner of an Oppo Finder (bought straight from Hong Kong), which was the thinnest in its time, at 6.5mm. It drew the same stupid reactions as yours. Battery life is about 2 days full, moderate use. Okay, I don’t walk around like a phone-tapping zombie. I don’t wear a headphone all day, nor do I check my FB status.
      My Oppo is tough like a nail, does everything incl. GPS in my car (on charge of course), 3G, browsing, good pictures/video, skype, flashlight, you name it.
      When the first cars came out there were no motorways, just dirt tracks, so any car faster than 40 mph was suicidal.
      Do you now understand how stupid is your comment? You proudly tote a (thick) smartphone PRECISELY because bold thinkers thought of cramming a full PC into each phone, and at that time (the nineties) you were going “what the heck do we need a stupid PC in every phone”?