The new world’s thinnest phone in 2018 is the Kyocera KY-O1L, says Japanese mobile operator, Docomo. What we have here is a diminutive device that has a 2.8 inch ePaper display and fits into your business card holder.
If you have ever voiced complaints about smartphones getting bigger and out of our grasp, know that the universe has heard you and have now offered you a way out. You will have to get on a flight to Japan to have a taste of it though. It is available on NTT Docomo, who call the KY-O1L the “thinnest and lightest phone in the world”. It has a 2.8-inch monochrome e-paper screen, and it is so small that it fits perfectly into a business card holder.
Business cards and card holders are big deal for the Japanese people, so it’s no surprise that KY-O1L was manufactured in Japan for Japan. the KY-O1L can be carried around easily, because it the same size with the debit card we use. It weighs only 47g and has a thickness of 5.3mm. Under its shell is a 380 mAh battery.
Don’t worry about that tiny battery. With a monochrome ePaper display, battery life will be more than okay.
Best of all, it has LTE functionality. Trust the Japanese. If a device does not do high-speed internet, they are not interested.
Is Kyocera KY-O1L really the thinnest phone in 2018?
In actual fact, the Kyocera KY-O1L is not the thinnest smartphone in the world but only one of the thinnest phones in the world. There are a number of other smartphones that are less thick. For example: Vivo X5 Max has a thickness of 4.75mm, Oppo R5 has a thickness of 4.85mm, and Gionee Elife a thickness of 5.15mm.
So, what is NTT Docomo up to with this claim? Marketing hype? Or perhaps the Japanese are not aware of what obtains outside of their shores. Whether or not it is the thinnest phone in 2018, the Kyocera KY-O1L is still a cool device.
I appreciate the fact that this phone is way more portable than most smartphones out there but its portability is at the expense of some features. There is no camera in it. Because there is also no app store for the phone, you cannot download or update any application. You are stuck with whatever comes with the midget.
We can say that is a small price to pay for portability right? Can I also add that it sells for 32,000 yen (that is about $300 or N108,300)? A small price indeed.
Meanwhile, I am betting that no-one will call this phone by its model name, KY-O1L. Kay-yai-oh-wan-el. Who has the energy for that? I wonder what cool name Generation X will come up with.