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The smallest mobile in the world weighs 14 grams and is little bigger than a coin

That the market has accustomed us to mobiles being huge is no secret. There we have the Galaxy S21 Ultra with its 6.8 inches, the OnePlus 9 Pro or the foldable ones like the Z Fold 3, without going any further. Huge mobiles where there are, without a doubt, that obviously have their counterpart. And no, we are not talking about the iPhone 13 mini, but about the Zanco Tiny T1.

The Tiny T1 Stilt is considered the smallest mobile in the world. It is a little gadget little bigger than a thimble, which weighs only 14 grams and is used to make calls, send messages and little else. In this article we will learn more about its history.

Technical sheet of the Tiny T1 Stilt

ZANCO TINY T1

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

46,7 x 21 x 12 mm

14 grams

SCREEN

0.49 inch OLED

Resolution 64 x 32 pixels

PROCESSOR

MTK6261D

MEMORIA RAM

32 MB

INTERNAL STORAGE

32 MB

300 contacts

50 SMS

50 call records

CONNECTIVITY

2G

Bluetooth

NanoSIM

BATTERY

300 mAh

CAMERA

No

PRICE

About 40 euros

Wrapped in controversy

To know the history of this device we have to go back to December 14, 2017, when Clubit New Media Limited (in a disputed collaboration with Zini Mobiles Ltd, which is the one that produces the phone) published on Kickstarter a project to collectively finance the creation of this peculiar device. Target: £ 25,000 to fund the Tiny T1 Stilt. Outcome? £ 128,247 raised (about).

In three days the company had managed to finance half of the development and in six days he had already achieved the 25,000 pounds requested. Not without controversy, of course. It did not take long to associate this type of device with criminal and illegal use in prisons, especially in the United Kingdom, something that the company publicly condemned. In Spain there has also been some controversy with this.

Zanco
Zanco

There was also controversy over its connectivity. The device only supports 2G and 2G networks are doomed to disappear in 2025 (at least in Europe), while in countries like Japan and Australia they have already been shut down. In short, it is a phone with a certain expiration date. In the long run, but it does.

In any case, the Kickstarter did not come to fruition. Zini Mobile issues, delays, and other hurdles ended with Clubit New Media reimbursing all patrons and saying they were disappointed with how it turned out. On December 17, the latest update was posted on Kickstarter and since then, silence. The phone, however, does seem to be available for purchase at certain retailers.

Zanco
Zanco

After the fiasco of this Kickstarter, Zanco (this time without Clubit New Media) created another Kickstarter on January 7, 2020 to launch the Zanco Tiny T2. A resounding success: the funding ($ 10,000) was obtained in just one day and ended up raising $ 61,024 at the end of the campaign. It is similar, but somewhat more elegant and compatible with 3G networks. For this reason, it is considered the smallest 3G mobile in the world.