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World's first carbon fiber phone is thin enough to cut cake with

The Carbon 1 Mark II is billed as the world's first phone with a carbon fiber body. It means the phone is super thin and light, but how much is that worth to you?

About a year ago, before the pandemic (remember those days?), a German company called Carbon announced the Carbon 1 MK II, a phone made of carbon fiber. The Carbon 1 MK II was touted as the thinnest and lightest phone in the world.

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2020 came and the phone never launched. Carbon now says the phone's launching at the end of March.

6.3mm

The thickness of the Carbon 1 MK II.

At 7.4mm, the iPhone 12 Pro is a thiccc boy in comparison.

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125g

How much the Carbon 1 MK II weighs.

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There's nothing remarkable about the Carbon 1 MK II except its carbon fiber design. As you may know, carbon fiber is well known for its thinness, lightness, and strength. The trade-off is that carbon fiber usually doesn't play nice with cellular and wireless connectivity.

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Carbon claims it's solved any wireless issues. Pity the Carbon 1 MK II only supports 4G LTE and not 5G, though.

THE SPECS:

• 6-inch AMOLED (2,160 x 1,080)

• MediaTek Helio P90 CPU

• 8GB of RAM

• 256GB of storage

• 3,000 mAh battery

• 20MP f/2.2 camera with EIS (no OIS)

• 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera

• Side-mounted fingerprint reader

• 2x nano SIM cards or 1x nano SIM + microSD card slot

€799

Or about $962. Yikes...

I've said before that the design pendulum needs to swing away from glass and metal. A carbon fiber phone sounds attractive. But there's no denying that its specs are all terribly outdated.

The Carbon 1 MK II's other big sell is sustainability. With less than 5 percent plastic, Carbon's hoping eco-conscious buyers will appreciate the phone. However, it doesn't help that the phone's only going to be available in Europe, and limited to a few countries at that.

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