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Huawei Ascend P1 S  (Source: Huawei)
Thin is in this year

Thin is in. Whether it is flat-panel TVs, Ultrabooks, or smartphones, everyone is scrambling to make thinner devices. Huawei Technologies, a Chinese company primarly known for its budget smartphones offerings, is stepping up to the plate today with what they claim is the world thinnest smartphone.
The Ascend P1 S measures just 6.68mm think and features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (960x540). It also is packin' a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 processor. Other features include an 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1670 mAh battery, and requisite Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/3G support. If you were hoping to get LTE on such a thin device, you're going to have to look elsewhere.
For those keeping score, the Motorola Droid Razr measures 7.1mm thick.
Huawei also announced the "standard" Ascent P1, which has all of the same features as the Ascend P1 S but measures in a thicker 7.69mm and includes a larger 1800 mAh battery. Both phones are running Ice Cream Sandwich.
“We’re excited to unveil the world’s slimmest smartphone here at CES 2012,” said Richard Yu, Chairman of Huawei Device. “The Ascend P1 S demonstrates our ongoing commitment to innovating high quality devices that utilize the latest hardware and software technologies.” 
Both the Ascend P1 S and the Ascend P1 will be available worldwide this April.

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By tng on 1/9/2012 11:39:54 AM , Rating: 3
Is thinner better?

Looking at TVs with large screens, do you really want a 2-4mm thick screen? Since you would need a frame of some kind to support glass that is 50"+ and .7mm thick, would that compromise the structural stability?

On a phone, since I put mine in my pants pocket, yes thin is good, but at some point I do want to know that if I bend down that it will not break the phone.

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By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2012 11:46:30 AM , Rating: 4
Thin is good, but I'd rather have better battery life in an iPhone 4S-sized device than a thinner phone.

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By mcnabney on 1/9/2012 12:06:17 PM , Rating: 3
RAZR puts a bigger battery and LTE into an ever so slightly thicker package. I would count Motorola as the continued champ of full-featured smartphones.

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By kleinma on 1/9/2012 12:21:12 PM , Rating: 2
Except they aren't and never were, and Samsung is smacking it to them, and even though google bought Motorola's phone division, they still picked samsung to launch their ICS flagship phone.

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By Cheesew1z69 on 1/9/2012 12:42:07 PM , Rating: 2
I don't believe they are actually owned by Google yet, I think it's still going through the process of the purchase.

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By fic2 on 1/9/2012 1:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
Correct. The process isn't complete.

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By Crazyeyeskillah on 1/10/2012 10:07:01 AM , Rating: 2
lol battery

I just bought an htc rezound end of december and i can not make it a full night without it dying. If i don't charge it again at 5pm i can't even use it to make phone calls by midnight. did i mention it has a 720p screen? XD

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By dani31 on 1/9/2012 12:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
Larger area allows for thinner profile at comparable volume.

The iphone has a rather small display, for those who prefere a 4+ screen the device gets a bit bulky without making it a bit slimmer.

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By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2012 1:17:05 PM , Rating: 2
I think that was kind of my point. I'm not a big fan of these supersize smartphones (wide and long). I actually prefer the relatively compact dimensions of my iPhone 4S. I wouldn't pitch a fit if it were 4" in the same form-factor, however.

I just happen to like the small, easy to grasp body the way it is; I just wish it had greater battery life.

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By Stuka on 1/9/2012 12:31:23 PM , Rating: 2
I think we need to take a lesson from the Nokia history books on this one. Most phones still have a removable back plate. There's no reason the manufacturers can't make quality, aesthetically matched bulged backplates with warranty approved, extended batteries. I had 4 different batteries for my old 5100: std, std w/vibe, extended w/vibe, and a super thin li-po. I don't see why the phone makers are yielding on this market to the Chinese/eBay when they could be cashing in. I would buy one lickety split.

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By Reclaimer77 on 1/9/2012 1:20:44 PM , Rating: 1
Thin is good, but I'd rather have better battery life in an iPhone 4S-sized device than a thinner phone.

Without innovation you can't have advancement. Why are you viewing thin and battery life in mutually exclusive terms? If phones stay bulky there is no need to improve on battery technology because it's already "good enough". If the form factor changes to thinner phones, that will force advancements in power saving technology and batteries.

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By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2012 1:27:46 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're missing the point. Most Android phones with 4.3" and 4.5" screens are a lot taller and wider than the iPhone 4S.

I prefer my phones to have a small footprint, not a larger one. So the Length and Width dimensions to me are more important than a few millimeters in depth.

So if someone could make something as small as an iPhone 4S or Lumia 800 with some crazy battery life, I'm sold.

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By Omega215D on 1/9/2012 1:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
I would rather have something a bit thicker for a few reasons: Bigger batteries, no compromise on components used, and some leverage when holding the phone during use.

I found the thin Droid Razr a bit uncomfortable to hold, especially compared to the Galaxy Nexus and Rezound.

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