In years to come, when they're looking for the exact point at which we officially lost the plot as a species, how about: when we started expressing the thickness of smartphones in hundredths of a millimetre?
Well, probably not. It'll probably be something more significant. In fact, it would be hard not to. Anyway, say hello to the Oppo Finder, which at 6.65mm seems to be the new world's thinnest phone.
Or to put it another way, here's a phone you'd otherwise never have heard of, that has already been rightly dismissed as a year-late Samsung Galaxy S II lookalike that's taken a skinny tablet, that is only ever going to be released in China... but that you need to know about because it's 0.03mm thinner than the current thinnest phone around.
That, need we remind you, is the Huawei Ascend P1 S, another offering from China that at least has other things going for it, and will actually be launching internationally.
Very briefly, the Oppo Finder has a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 4.3in AMOLED display, 16GB of storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. Nothing overly special, in other words – except for the fact that it's the thinnest phone in the world.
A fair question at this point would probably be if I've got such an issue with such tiny, pointless increments of slimness as offered by the likes of the Oppo Finder, why tell you about it at all?
Simply to raise a bigger point: who cares about thinness at all? Talking about hundredths of a millimetre is ridiculous, but even if it was all of half a millimetre thinner, why is that better?
The notional concept of thickness being a negative point is relevant when you're being held back from doing things, such as fitting it into a pocket, or carrying it in one hand (to take things to extremes). Once the form factor has achieved a level of practical usefulness that can't be improved upon, one handset being 0.03mm than another is neither a positive nor a negative point.
It's just a useless detail.