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.
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.
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.
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.
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.