4 Reasons Why Smartphone Vendors Choose Metal as a Build Material

By December 24th, 2016 AT 6:11 PM

Every phone from a different manufacturer has a unique design language. Although most of the companies take design cues from Apple, there are a few changes here and there. Among all these smartphones, one thing is common. Yes, you guessed it right, it is the all-metal unibody design! But, why do smartphone vendors choose metal as the build material in spite of having other alternatives such as glass or plastic? Well, that’s exactly what we are going to explain.


Here are four reasons why smartphone vendors choose metal as build materials for smartphones.

Looks matter

Using metal as a casing for smartphones adds the premium quotient to the device. This doesn’t entirely mean that the phones with other build materials don’t feel premium or such, it’s just the fact that people are slightly inclined towards metal body smartphones. Moreover, they are more sturdier than other materials. Speaking of which…

Metal is Sturdier

Metal body smartphones can withstand some rough treatment. Whereas, phones with glass build are fragile and would need some careful treatment. Also, the fact that metal casing provides better protection to the internals comes as an added advantage.

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Ductility also comes into play

Metals are moldable. Meaning smartphone vendors have the freedom to experiment with the design aspects of a smartphone and come with an intriguing design. On the other hand, glass is not as flexible as metal and vendors don’t have much to experiment with.

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Surprisingly enough, a few vendors have launched phones (with glass as build material) that curve at both the sides in the recent past giving us hope to expect more glass bodied smartphones with unique design language. Well, we never know what’s coming in the future. But, we really hope to see smartphones with good, if not great, design in 2017.

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Heat dissipation

One of the most important factors why manufacturers consider metal over other materials is its ability to dissipate heat like no other material does. Having said that, one of the downsides of using metal as a build material is the fact that phones heat up quickly.

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Hell yeah! Metal is life! \m/


You didn’t even consider plastic, Zara. Please update the article. Metal is good for aesthetic reasons only. 1) Plastic is actually more durable and less reactive than metal. 2) metal attenuates radio signals. Hence the plastic bands you see on the back of most metal phones. 3) Heat dissipation is more easily handled by appropriate venting. 4) Plastics are far more moldable than metals today. And much cheaper. 5) the big advantage to metal is structural support. But then it also becomes brittle. Bottom line is, doesn’t matter what your phone is made of. There is a shift towards metal… Read more »

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