Almost every smartphone manufacturer tries to outrun its competitors with how much they can fit into a body thinner than ever. Last year, “the race” was leading by Oppo Find 5, which ultimately lost with Vivo X1 with 6.55mm (0.26-inch) deep. Today it looks like we have a new winner in this category. Announced today at CES, the Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra claims the title for the thinnest smartphone in the world at mere 6.45 mm (0.25-inch). Along with the Idol Ultra, the company introduced two new models from the One Touch family: Idol smartphone and Scribe HD phablet.
The Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra features a 4.7-inch HD OLED display, 8 megapixel camera, and 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and it runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Unfortunately we will not see the phone in the US anytime soon due to FCC regulations.
The handset was accompanied by the ultra-weight Alcatel One Touch Idol, which actually offers very similar specs to the Ultra model. As far as we can tell, the only difference is the 4.7-inch qHD IPS LCD display, and of course the Idol is thicker than its Ultra brother by 1.7 mm. The Idol is planned for release in the third quarter of 2013.
Alcatel presented one more device at CES, this one falling in the phablet category. The Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD is a 5-incher with MediaTek’s quad-core 1.2 GHz system-on-a-chip which combines CPU, GPU and a multi-mode modem all in one, and is the first to be released using ARM’s Cortex A7 chipset. This 4G-capable handset sports 8 megapixel camera and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Scribe HD is expected in the US in mid-2013.