When the era of cellphones first dawned, there was a time when developers raced to launch the smallest device possible. Unfortunately, not only did these fiddly phones get lost in your pants pocket, they were also tricky to use and battery performance was awful. Today, in the modern age of the smartphone, things are going in the opposite direction, as new devices strive to compete with tablets. The end result is the "phablet" - a display giant that certainly won't get lost in your pants pocket, but might not actually fit in it in the first place. Nonetheless, like the luminaries of haute couture, cellphone developers often like to swim against the mainstream, and that is exactly how a tiny potential trendsetter has found its way to CEBIT 2018.
The Zanco Tiny T1 from Zini Mobiles Ltd., which is based in China's Silicon Valley in and around Shenzen, is the smallest cellphone to date. It measures a minute 46.7 x 21 x 12 millimeters and weighs in at just 13 grams. That is roughly the same size as a box of matches. All the same, it still has a 12.5-millimeter-wide OLED display with a resolution of 64 x 32 pixels that is divided into a status bar and a one-line text display. The phone has a classic cellphone keypad, albeit one that is somewhat more compact than usual. Other specifications are also pretty impressive: 180 minutes of call time, up to three days standby, Bluetooth 3.0, storage space for 500 contacts and 16 different user languages. What more could a nostalgic phone user ask for? Only time will tell whether this fascinating mini-device will be able to reignite a trend of the past.