Apple's Phil Schiller proudly boasted today that the iPhone 5 is the world's thinnest smartphone. At 7.6 millimeters thin, the iPhone 5 is quite thin. Is it the thinnest in the world though? That claim may be harder to back up.
Released in November 2011, the Motorola DROID RAZR has a thickness of 7.1 mm. It doesn't beat the iPhone 5 by much, but it's still thinner. There are other Android phones out there that are even smaller.
Chinese company Huawei claimed the thinnest smartphone title earlier this year at CES with Ascend P1s. Their Android-powered smartphone is measured at a ridiculously tiny 6.7mm thickness. The ZTE Athena came out swinging in May to claim the world's thinnest smartphone title with a device that's only 6.2mm thick.
To give Apple credit, the iPhone 5 is the world's thinnest iPhone. All the marketing on Apple's site reflects that instead of Schiller's possibly mispoken statement. It's also the world's thinnest 4G LTE phone. The iPhone 5 is really thin and Apple's engineers deserve a hearty slap on the back for their work. It's just not the thinnest in the world just yet. We'll probably have to wait for the iPhone 6 for Apple to reclaim the world's thinnest smartphone title.[h/t: Droid Life]