NTT DoCoMo's Medias N-04C Is World's Slimmest Smartphone

Those who follow the consumer electronics industry closely will probably remember the LCD TV wars of a few years ago. It wasn't the race to 1080p, it was the race to impossibly thin. Sets were coming out thinner and thinner, with each company grappling for the claim of "world's thinnest television." Those wars finally ended, and now it's more about feature set (and 3D) than about depth. Pretty much every flat-panel is "thin enough," but that battle is seemingly coming to the smartphone arena next.

The iPhone 4 was briefly hailed as the world's slimmest smartphone, and a few Android phones have since emerged and attempted to claim that title. Now, NTT DoCoMo (a Japanese wireless carrier) is claiming the same. The Medias N-04C measures a scant 7.7mm thick, and it weighs only 105 grams. According to company president Ryuji Yamada: "This is the world's slimmest and lightest smartphone." Aside from being a run-of-the-mill Android phone, it features a 1seg digital TV tuner, mobile wallet capabilities and IR communication support. There's also a 4" LCD touch panel (854 x 480 resolution) that relies on Corning's Gorilla Glass, a 5MP camera and a battery rated for 1230mAh. The handset will ship with Froyo (Android 2.2), but will be upgraded to Gingerbread (Android 2.3) "in the summer of 2011."

The company also seems sure that they'll continue pushing the boundaries with thickness. No further details were given, but it sounds like the company has no plans to give up the crown any time soon.