Many were intrigued when Oppo, a Chinese company, announced that it had developed the worldâ€™s thinnest smartphone called the Oppo Finder last month. At a thickness of only 6.65 mm, this device trumps Huaweiâ€™s Ascend P1 S, which formerly held the title, by only 0.03mm.
These days, thinness apparently gives as much bragging rights as having a good set of hardware specifications, although it generally confers a short-lived title. The Ascend P1 S, for instance, was the worldâ€™s thinnest for only about four months.
Nonetheless, the Oppo Finder, which carries a price tag of 2,498 yuan or about US$395, also has decent specifications to compliment its thinness. It runs on a Qualcomm Xiaolong the Snapdragon MSM8260 dual-core processor with a frequency of 1536 MHz. It is packed with an Adreno220 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Its display is a 4.3-inch super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and 16 million colors. This likewise carries multi-touch functionality. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, meanwhile, is its operating system.
Connectivity-wise, the Oppo Finder is equipped with WLAN, GPS, and Bluetooth. Dual cameras are furthermore available. A front-facing snapper delivers 1.3-megapixel images while a rear-facing one gives 8-megapixel images that have a maximum resolution of 3264 Ã— 2448 pixels. Photo quality may be enhanced on this rear camera by a built-in LED flash. 1080p HD video recording is likewise possible.
As with many other China-based devices, the 125-gram handset supports a range of file types. It also offers preloaded games, instant messaging features, and productivity apps. A complete package of the Oppo Finder includes a manual, a charger, and a headset.
As the smartphone giants continue to battle it out in sales, new innovations like a thin form factor, may be just what smaller companies need to get noticed.