NTT DoCoMo has launched the world’s thinnest smartphone, the NEC Medias N-04C, in Japan.

In 2010 when the Apple iPhone 4 came out, it was the thinnest smartphone at 9.3 mm thick. Later the LG Optimus Black appeared, and came in at 9.2 mm. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc was yet more svelte, at 8.7 mm, and not to be outdone, the Samsung Galaxy 2 is 8.49mm.

The NEC Medias N-04C is 7.7mm and its thickest point is 8.7 mm. And the smartphone packs features like a 4-inch LCD touchscreen with 480 x 854 resolution Gorilla Glass display, Android 2.2, an 800 MHz processor, a 5.1-megapixel CMOS camera that can shoot every 1.1 seconds, 720p video capture, NFC, WMA/MP3 audio playback capability, standby for 360 hours, access to terrestrial TV, a rod antenna, i-mode compatibility, 1Seg digital TV tuner, e-wallet function, 3G/GSM roaming, microSDHC card slot, GPS, Bluetooth Version 2.1+ EDR, Wi-Fi, HSUPA at 7.2M bps for downloads and 5.7M bps for data uploads along with infrared communication.

Apart from being the thinnest, it also is a light weight smartphone at 105 grams compared to the iPhone 4, LG Optimus Black, Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc and Samsung Galaxy S 2 as they weigh 137 g, 109 g, 117 g and 116 g respectively.

The smartphone will start shipping from March 15. The smartphone will only be available in Japan, and there are no reports of NEC releasing it outside Japan.

Here is a video look at the NEC Medias N-04C: