Design is a key element in any product, especially if given such continued use as a smartphone, and the manufacturers know this. Always brands have used the outward appearance of their phones to call attention and stand out among the showcase, but many offer the war is no longer in get the mobile more original, but the thinner.
The obsession with thinness is beginning to reach limits more than questionable. Brands want to be the most powerful mobile, which has the best camera, the most beautiful and also the thinnest. But everything can not be and we often see as sacrifice features for a finer design. The battery is the aspect that most affected with this forced thinning, but is not the only.
What advantages gives us a slim mobile phone?
Mobile phone design has homogenized pretty much since the arrival of smartphones. With a touchscreen that occupies the whole front, manufacturers have fewer elements that differentiate and most just opting for similar solutions. The premium trend followers opt for elegant materials, are usually metal and glass, and thin devices. Very thin.
It is true that thinness advantages from the point of view of ergonomics. Usually, a slim phone is lighter and therefore it is more convenient to handle thicker than a mobile phone. The grip can also improve with thinness, although here they play other factors such as the shape or finishing of the materials. But let us not delude ourselves, when we choose a slimmer mobile is not to achieve a better ergonomics, most of times is because like most and draws more looks.
Thinness is priced
The mm war not started yesterday, but from relatively recently it has reached truly amazing numbers. We have seen moving about five millimeters and some who lost even more. As technology advances it becomes possible to integrate components more and more small, but everything has a limit, and when a manufacturer puts the design functions such as the battery, is when problems start.
The most recent case we have it with the Moto Z, the new series of high-end Motorola that opens with a chassis of only 5.2 mm thick. Get a weight of 136 grams, which is not bad for a mobile with 5.5 inch diagonal panel, but concessions to change make us ask ourselves if really needed a fine design.
To begin with, Motorola integrates a battery of 2,600 milliamp, a figure relatively high if we talk about a mobile medium range, but that it falls somewhat short in a flagship as the Moto Z. Motorola says offering autonomy for one full day, but it remains to be seen how it behaves in real-world usage scenarios.
During the presentation you overlooked a very important detail that also would be directly related to the thinness of the Moto Z, and is that does minijack for headphones. Motorola marketed it with a minijack to USB adapter so that we can continue connecting our earphones, but There will be no way to charge the phone and listen to music at the same time.
Motorola promotes the Moto Z as the smartphone thinner ‘ premium’ that exists, but surely that still finest device manufacturers are not in accordance with this statement. For example Oppo, which broke all schemes to offer a device with its R5 of only 4.9 mm thick. We don’t know that it happened here, but despite their extreme thinness, the Oppo R5 weighs 155 grams.
Here there is minijack, is battery is affected it by this forced slimming. With a capacity of 2,000 milliampere, battery fails to reach the end of the day If squeeze you a little nuts, as we saw in the analysis of the Oppo R5.
WIKO also wanted to enter the war of mm with Wiko Highway mash. The terminal measures 5.1 mm thickness and, this time, is super light, specifically 98 grams. The battery also offers 2,000 mAh as the Oppo R5, but in this case we have a more basic mobile so that energy consumption should not be so high.
IPhone 7 could be added to this list if the rumours are not wrong. The absence of the minijack on the next iPhone seems unanimous, and the reasons for Apple would be a more solid construction (water resistant) and, how no, the thinness. We will have to wait until September to see as they meet in Cupertino.
Mobile thin Yes, to a certain extent
Currently, most high end smartphones are its thickness around 7-8 mm and its batteries are approaching the 3,000 milliamps. It is the case of the Samsung Galaxy S7 (7.9 mm), the LG G5 (7.7 mm) or Huawei P9 (7 mm), three models who feel fine in the hand, with designs that do not pass unnoticed and that mounted much more solvent batteries.
Whenever there is a popular trend in telephony, we see how the brands want it squeezing. We have seen it with inches, the processor cores or megapixels, but the fact of that a mobile has more than anything does it better and must know how to detect those cases in which we are more to marketing than a truly practical function-trick.
Mobiles we have mentioned are examples in which the user experience is tarnished by scratch just a few tenths of a millimeter to the frame, and we have already seen that the benefits are rather few in comparison to the disadvantages.