When Oppo launched the R5 in October, it was the world's thinnest smartphone at 4.85mm. However, not even two months later it has already been dethroned by the Vivo X5 Max. Launched today, the X5 Max is a fraction thinner than the Oppo, measuring 4.75mm thick, and becomes the thinnest smartphone currently on the market.

This is partly made possible by a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that is only 1.36mm thin. Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system chip and 2GB of RAM that are running Android 4.4.4 and Vivo's Funtouch UI. 16GB of built-in storage are available for images and video and can be expanded via a microSD-slot that can also house a nanoSIM card. In addition there is a slot for a microSIM, giving the Vivo dual-SIM capabilities.

In the camera department Vivo employs Sony's IMX214 13MP sensor in the rear camera. Unsurprisingly, considering the thinness of the device, there is no talk of an optical image stabilization system. Unfortunately Vivo does not provide many additional camera specs, but we know that there is an LED-flash on board and a 5MP front unit for selfies and video chats. 

Looking at the specs, the 5 Max should offer solid camera performance but won't be able to compete with the best in class. However, if you want your smartphone as thin as possible it's the best you can get at this point in time. The Vivo will retail for approximately $485 and become available on December 22nd. We assume sales will start in China but no detail on regional availability has been given.

Key Specifications:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 system chip
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB storage
  • microSD slot
  • 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display
  • 13MP camera with Sony IMX214 sensor
  • 5MP front camera
  • LED flash

Source: Vivo | Via: GSM Arena