The New 'World's Thinnest Phone' Fits Into Business Card Case

Alfred Osborne
October 21, 2018

The Palm phone and KY-01L act as "companion" smartphones that work in tandem with a regular smartphone.

The device is now only available for release in Japan, and costs about R4 300, despite it having no camera and being unable to download apps, but that's arguably the price to pay living in a crime laden country for a phone that can basically be "invisible" in your possession. Kyocera KY-O1L has a 2.8-inch monochrome e-ink display, but no app support or even a camera.

Business cards are still an integral part of life for most Japanese workers, so it's a good opportunity for country's largest carrier make the most of the situation with a phone that can fit in a cardholder. About 9 centimeters high, 5 centimeters wide, 5.3 millimeters thick, and 47grams, the KY-O1L is made by electronics maker Kyocera. Kyocera has come up with a device that it's billing as the "thinnest smartphone in the world".

Now, obviously, this isn't a full-blown smartphone we are talking about here.

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The phone weighs 47g (1.6oz) and features an electronic-paper touchscreen, similar to e-books.

As the gaming phone trend emerges, other phone manufacturers and looking to right the wrongs of the last 10 years by creating small phones that professionals from the '80s and '90s once longed for.

If you want to see what the phone is capable of, have a look at the video below.

The KY-O1L is relied upon to dispatch in Japan at some point one month from now for 32,000 yen, or $280.

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