Seems like Chinese mobile manufacturers are more interested in making slim mobiles with the best features you can wish for. Ultra slim devices from Gionee, Oppo and Vivo is making Samsung and Apple feel left behind in the league. Vivo had broken all previous smartphone thinness records - formal and informal with its 0.15in (4.75mm) thin Vivo X5 Max, which got introduced last year.
The engineering marvelled in these device is astounding - Vivo designed a motherboard that's only 0.067in (1.7mm) thick, used a screen assembly that's just 0.05in (1.36mm) thin, and stuck "the world's thinnest speaker box" at 0.09in (2.45mm) inside. That's not the end of it, but the Vivo X5 Max somehow fits a dual-SIM slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack too.
Everything else that we loved about the Vivo X5 Max has been preserved - the 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, LTE connectivity, probably has the same 2000mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. As for the increase in thickness and weight, the dimensions remain the same as well - a compact 6.06 x 3.07 inches (153.9 x 78).
The Vivo X5 Max had a change in its engine as the 64-bit Snapdragon 615 gets swapped for a MediaTek SoC of similar capabilities and a body kit too. The phone has grown to 0.2in (5.1mm), which might actually feel more comfortable to some, and there's some more mass into it, 5.39oz (153 grams) against the former's 5.15oz (146 grams).
A more affordable version of the current slimmest phone on the planet is great news for everyone, but the X5 Max L will most likely remain an Asian exclusive when it launches sometime soon.
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