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Apple says iPhone 5 is the thinnest smartphone in the world, turns out it isn’t

Apple’s Phil Schiller called the new iPhone 5 “the world’s thinnest smartphone”, but many makers have made that claim for many phones. It happens often and sometimes it’s not true. So, how does the new iPhone stack up against the competition?

I’ve prepared a table with every “world’s thinnest” smartphone we could dig up plus various high-end phones that are competing with Apple’s latest flagship.

Phone
Thickness
Weight
Availability
9.3mm
140g
Yes
7.6mm
112g
In a week
8.6mm
133g
Yes
8.9mm
130g
Yes
7.8mm
120g
Yes
8.7mm
135g
Soon
10.7mm
185g
Soon
9.9mm
160g
Soon
7.1mm*
127g
Yes
8.4mm*
146g
Soon
8.3mm*
126g
Soon
6.7mm
130g
Soon
7.8mm
103g
Yes
6.7mm
125g
Soon
6.7mm
105g
Yes
7.7mm
105g
Yes

* At the thinnest part

So, no the iPhone 5 isn’t the thinnest smartphone in the world. As far as currently available devices go, the Fujitsu Arrows F-07D takes that title. Sure, it’s not an easy phone to get hold of, but it exists.

And there are at least a couple of other phones that will soon be available and are thinner than the iPhone 5. Note that I’m not counting the Motorola RAZR because the top part of the phone is much thicker than the claimed 7.1mm (even though the part where you actually hold the phone is really that slim).

Can you think of a super slim smartphone that I forgot? Be sure to mention it in the comments section below.

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