Chinese firm releases world's slimmest handset

Umeox X5

Although size is not necessarily the selling point that it once was, mobile phone manufacturers are still attempting to break barriers when it comes to the slenderness of their new handsets.

Now a Chinese smartphone called the Umeox X5 is set to take the title of the world’s thinnest mobile, at least according to claims ahead of its launch.

Umeox says that the X5 is just 5.6 millimetres thick, making it a quarter of a millimetre thinner than its closest rival, the Huawei Ascend P6, according to TechRadar.

Into this very slender chassis it crams a four inch touchscreen display, five megapixel camera and multicore processor.

The X5 is going to make its debut during the IFA 2013 conference in Berlin next month, at which time it will be sharing the media spotlight with a number of other new announcements.

This will include Sony’s Xperia i1, which emerged in some leaked images this week and is thought to be in possession of a 20 megapixel camera.

There should also be the first public unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, which is reported to have a screen of around six inches across the diagonal and a very large battery to boot.

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