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ZTE teases new 'World's Thinnest Smartphone'

05/30, 6:52pm

'Athena' to beat out slim handsets at just 6.2mm

Chinese manufacturer ZTE may be preparing to snatch the title of "World's Thinnest Smartphone" from Oppo, which just recently released its 6.65mm-thick Finder. Leaked pictures have emerged showing off a ZTE smartphone, codenamed "Athena," that appears to be just 6.2mm thick. A few details have emerged with the images, indicating that the slim model may pack some processing power within its frame.

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Mysterious HTC Clio passes FCC

11/30, 12:25pm

HTC Clio passes FCC

The FCC has just given its seal of approval to a previously unknown HTC device, simply called the Clio. The unit supports GSM, EDGE and HSDPA, and most critically, can operate on the 850 and 1,900MHz bands used by AT&T's 3G network. Other connectivity options should include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0, while the presence of two cameras implies that one is meant for videocalls.

The positioning of the FCC label in the Clio's schematics, meanwhile, has unusual significance; it indicates that the device is longer horizontally than it is vertically, which in turn implies that it is most likely a smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard. This could make it an import of the Athena, or else the final incarnation of the Omni, which has languished in development if it has ever had factual basis. HTC has, in the meantime, asked the FCC to withhold photos of the Clio. [via Wirelessinfo]

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