Many were intrigued when Oppo, a Chinese company, announced that it had developed the world’s thinnest smartphone called the Oppo Finder last month. At a thickness of only 6.65 mm, this device trumps Huawei’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 world’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 × 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.