Metal clad and lightweight, these two titles are enough nowadays to spell premium for a smartphone
Gone are the days when smartphones were made from plastic with removable back covers. Phones made of metal, having a slim waistline and light on the weighing scales are all the rage now. Premium phones are expected to tick these boxes to be considered a good phone in the aesthetics department now.
SamsungGalaxy S6/S6 Edge
Samsung ditched its often criticized plastic design language for its latest flagship. With a completely new choice of build quality materials comprising metal and glass, Samsung came out with one of the best looking phones on the block. Samsung released two versions of its flagship, the S6 and the S6 edge. The S6 edge brought a further innovation and made the device look even more beautiful with its dual-edge curved display. As is the usual business for the world’s largest smartphone maker, the Korean company did not compromise on other aspects of the phone. With a brilliant, in fact, termed the best smartphone camera by several tech sites and powerful internals consisting of the company’s own in house processor Exynos 7420, 3GB ram and a beautiful 5.1 inch Super Amoled QHD screen, the year looked very profitable for Samsung.
However, even though with a very good start, the sales of S6 have dropped quite a lot, in fact it’s costing Samsung profits. This may be due to several reasons, Samsung had to ditch the removable battery and expandable storage for the new design and the battery life is only average, these aspects might have swayed many customers off as well.
Whatever the case, the device ticks all the right boxes when it comes to premium looks, slim at 7mm and light at 132g as well as an all metal and glass build quality makes this a worthy contender for our battle.
HTC now has 2 years of experience under its belt when it comes to all metal smartphones. It released its first all-metal flagship dubbed the HTC One M7 back in March 2013. The phone was received very well by the public as well as critics, winning several awards including the best phone for its year through several tech sites. Encompassing a beautiful design entirely of metal, it oozed class and was unlike any other phone in the market at the time.
It was succeeded by the HTC One M8 after it, which rounded off the more rectangular design of the original and made it easier to fit in the palm. The 2nd iteration continued the success of its predecessor for 2014.
HTC released the third iteration of its flagship one series, the One M9, in March 2015. The design was kept largely similar to the One M8, with very minor changes here and there. The duo camera setup introduced with the M8 was replaced by a single 20MP camera. The specs are largely what are expected from a flagship of its time, although it employs the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU. Although the battery is non-removable, it has expandable storage available.
The One M9 did not, however sell well at all. The minimal design changes might be one of the reasons for its dismal showings. For HTC it seems that the 3rd time wasn’t a charm.
Huawei, a company based out of China, has really made a name for itself in the mobile phone segment these past few years. They keep dishing out quality phones which always cost less than their competitors. With availability in all markets around the world, it’s no wonder that the Chinese company now enjoys the 4th spot in the top smartphone manufacturers in the world.
Huawei is no stranger to the concept of all metal phones, with their previous flagship Ascend P7 and their Honor 7 midrange phone. Their latest flagship the Ascend P8, is a sleek, all metal smartphone which is incredibly thin at just 6.7mm and quite light at just 144g on the scales. It looks and feels stunning, and performs just as well. You see, Huawei did not sacrifice on the internals in order to make the phone thin; it loaded the phone with its own octa-core Kirin 930 chipset along with 3GB of RAM. There are 16 gigs of internal storage expandable by external storage; a 13MP back and 5MP front camera provide the photography access. An impressive 2,680mAh battery powers the phone and rounds off an extremely intriguing package when you get to know that the phone costs less than all the phones in this list.
If there is one thing that Apple is good at, it’s building beautiful and elegant phones. Apple started using aluminum for its phone chassis since the iPhone 5. It further improved upon the design of the iPhone 5 by making its successor thinner and more rounded off. Apple also increased the screen size and in turn the size of the new phone.
It released two variants, namely the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, with the latter being the larger of the two. The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thin and weighs 129 grams whereas the larger iPhone 6 plus is 7.1mm thin and weighs considerably more at 172 grams. Everything else in both the phones is same except for their screen sizes and battery capacity. Both have an 8mp primary camera, both are powered by Apple’s A8 chip and both come preloaded with iOS 8.
These are the major metal phones out in the market right now, and deciding between them is indeed a difficult task. Of course, if you are an Apple fan, iPhone is the only path for you, but if you are an Android fan, than it becomes a little bit difficult for you. Whatever you decide amongst these phones, none of them will disappoint you although pros and cons of each should be kept in mind when making the purchasing decision.