6.13 mm Oppo R809T gets ready to become the world’s thinnest smartphone on April 26
For the past 15 months, a few Chinese phone makers have been involved in an interesting competition – making the world’s thinnest smartphone. Sure, ‘world’s thinnest’ was once a coveted prize in the mobile world, but until January 2012 that kind of gave way to other specs. And it’s no wonder that it’s only Chinese companies battling it out for this prize – they’re trying really hard to differentiate from their non-Chinese competitors, and make a name for themselves.
Back in January last year we had the Huawei Ascend P1 S, then in August the Oppo Finder took the crown, only to be outslimmed by the Vivo X1 in November. So far this year the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra has been the only contender in this space, and it is the current holder of the trophy of the world’s thinnest smartphone. But that may not be for long.
Apparently Oppo is hard at work on a device that will be just 6.13 mm thin. That would undercut the Alcatel by a whopping 0.32 mm – and hence steal its title. The new Oppo has the model number R809T, but hopefully will launch bearing a more easy to remember moniker.
The interesting thing to note is that rumors out of China peg the release date for the Oppo R809T as April 26. That’s in just over a couple of weeks. And this is the first time we’re hearing about this phone.
The Oppo R809T should come with a 4.5-inch 720p touchscreen, a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, and 1 GB of RAM. Unlike most Chinese Android smartphones, this won’t be cheap (at least not compared to its similarly-specced competitors in the mainland). The Oppo R809T is said to cost 2,500 yuan, which is around $403 or €308 at today’s exchange rates. That may look cheap or at least ‘decently priced’ compared to what similar smartphones from more established names go for in the so-called ‘developed world’, but for China it is pretty expensive. This may of course have something to do with how hard it is to create a handset this thin and still cram some decent features in.
There’s a very slim chance that we’ll see this outside of China, since Oppo has been planning on selling its Find 5 phablet internationally. Maybe that program will be expanded to include the R809T, but for now nothing is certain (or official). We’ll keep you posted though.