Stand aside, Huawei Ascend P6! Your short reign is over. Less than a week after Huawei unveiled the Ascend P6, Umeox have officially announced the Umeox X5, a 5.6mm thick mid-range phone.

At just over half a centimetre, the Umeox X5 has stolen the belt from the Ascend P6 by 0.58mm to become the new thinness champion. The Umeox X5 packs in a 5.3-inch screen (with unknown resolution), dual-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will run Android 4.2. Although its screen is larger and the device itself is thinner, the X5 has lower-end specs than the Ascend P6, which is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU.

Unlike most Chinese phones, GSM Insider is reporting that the Umeox X5 will actually be sold in Europe, being available in France ‘sometime in summer’. Some of these Chinese phones are actually quite good (the Oppo Find 5 is a pretty awesome phone), and considering how cheap they usually are compared with the competition, it’s nice to see them being sold officially outside of China. Although personally, I prefer a thicker device with a bigger battery and better performance, there is definitely a market for cheap, thin phones, and this could well be dominated by the Chinese manufacturers.

Source: Umeox (Chinese).
Via: Unwired View.
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    In the past year, Chinese phones have become…. good.
    There’s some stylish interesting companies in their way up, tapping into the mood of their local Chinese market.

    Good enough for adventurous people to experiment with them this year, and next year? They’ll be knocking on the doors of Apple, HTC and Sony.

    Sujay Vilash

    I am a bit like you, James. I’d rather have a thicker phone but with a bigger battery. I am not too sure of this race to be the thinnest.

    James Finnigan

    Exactly! I honestly don’t see the appeal of such a thin phone, and I’m not sure that this race to be the thinnest is really getting anyone anywhere.

    vijay alapati

    my previous phone is 9.9mm thick and now this is 5.6, its almost half of it :O