While the global trend is to make bigger smartphones with large displays and impressive resolutions, a Japanese company decided that designing the world’s smallest phone might be an equally good way of attracting attention.
The smallest phone that I have laid my eyes upon was one from Panasonic’s A100 series circa 2005, but even that seems big in comparison to what Willcom (witty company name, considering its activity domain) has in store for us.
The Japanese operator has recently unveiled Eibitto’s Phone Strap 2 WX06A, which is the world’s smallest phone, at least at for the moment. This is a bit weird, since in 2011, Eibitto announced that it would launch the WX03A model, which measured 32mm×70mm×10.5mm. That’s 0.2mm less in depth, compared to WX06A’s 32mm×70mm×10.7mm. With or without those .2mm Eibitto’s product does not have any real competition out there, so no one and nothing is going to steal its crown anytime soon. On the other hand, I doubt that any of the tech giants would want to do such a thing.
Eibitto’s strategy is to compare its phone to the iPhone 5. Needless to say, Apple’s smartphone looks like a giant from Brobdingnag compared to Eibitto’s Liliput tiny guy. The iPhone 5 is more than three times heavier than WX06A, which tips the scale at 32 grams. Moving to the screen’s size, the tiny one comes with a 1-inch color display, a quarter the size of the iPhone 5. This proportion remains the same when comparing the talktime. However, the WX06A is said to feature a longer standby time, by 75 hours. We all know how the standby looks on paper, compared to what we get in real life, so I’m going to say that this detail does not really matter.
Even though it has been showcased a few days ago, Eibitto’s Phone Strap 2 WX06A will only be launched in December, and then only in Japan. The target audience is probably represented by children, since only they have fingers small enough to handle such a minuscule product. The grown-ups wouldn’t find only handling the phone problematic, but also keeping track of it. Given its size, losing it would probably be one of the main concerns. The size is not the only thing that makes this product perfect for children, but also its limited functionality. Besides calling, sending text messages and e-mails, not much can be done with this, so the tech addicts will have to look elsewhere.