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8 gorgeous phones made of metal and premium materials

8 gorgeous phones made of metal and premium materials
So, what is the ideal material to build a smartphone of? Chances are that you'll get a different answer, depending on who you ask. An engineer would suggest plastic without even thinking twice about it – the properties of the material make it highly suitable for devices transmitting radio waves. A designer, on the other hand – someone who's job is to take into account the way products look and feel – would probably go for something with a little more sparkle. You know, something like metal or glass. 

Unfortunately, metal-made smartphones aren't exactly in abundance right now. In fact, there isn't a whole lot of them, and the premium materials we mentioned are usually reserved for top-of-the-line models. Still, we've picked a few that fit the description. Here are some of the best smartphones built of metal and high-grade materials.

Apple iPhone 5s


There's no second opinion about it, folks – the iPhone 5s ranks among of the best-looking smartphones one can get. Glass, metal, and stainless steel are fused together to create Apple's iconic handset. And it doesn't only look gorgeous. The iPhone 5s is put together with utmost attention to detail, which is something one can clearly see and feel as soon as they get the hold of Apple's handset. 


Gionee Elife S5.5


This handset, made by the not-so-well-known company Gionee, isn't only the thinnest smartphone in the world (for now). It is also one of the most beautiful thanks to the choice of build materials. The front and back sides of the Elife S5.5 are made of glass, while the sides are surrounded by a precision-cut metal frame. 


HTC One (M8)


One of HTC's finest smartphones to date, the HTC One (M8) stands out with an awe-inspiring, brushed metal construction. It feels solid, it feels sturdy, it feels... like no other phone around. If you like drawing attention, wielding one of these should do the trick. 

HTC One mini 2


And here is HTC's petite offering, the One mini 2, packing as much of the goodies that the M8 has to offer, but in a smaller, compact package. As it is clear to see, this mini model makes no compromises when it comes to build quality. Its outer shell is made of premium brushed metal, which not only looks great, but also feels awesome to the touch. 

Huawei Ascend P7


You probably weren't expecting to see a Huawei handset on the list, were you? In any case, the Huawei Ascend P7 is an amazingly well-made smartphone, combining the premium feel of glass and steel with a super-sleek construction. In fact, the P7 is only 6.5 millimeters thick, which places it among the thinnest phones on the market. 

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro


There is a whole bunch factors putting the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro ahead of many flagship competitors, and design is one of them. The handset's full-metal construction is impressive, to say the least, especially when it is topped with a subtle pattern giving it a unique look. On top of it all, Lenovo has managed to achieve a thickness of only 7.7 millimeters, thus producing an impressively thin and good-looking high-end phone.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha


In case you haven't heard the news, Samsung announced the Galaxy Alpha – a phone that aims to stand out primarily with its design. And this goal isn't difficult to achieve when a solid metal frame surrounds the handset and a soft, gentle finish is applied to its back. That's not all, however. Being only 6.7 millimeters thick, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha is the thinnest Galaxy smartphone yet. 

Sony Xperia Z2


This selection would be incomplete without the Sony Xperia Z2. It is a beauty of a smartphone, constructed of two sleek glass pieces sandwiched within a frame made of solid metal. As a result, the Sony Xperia Z2 is a pleasure to both hold and admire. Plus, its water-resistant properties are a perk that phones of this caliber have to offer.


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posted on 17 Aug 2014, 17:48 7

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'd take Lenovo...the specs are good enough!! 4000mAh battery is a killer sell!!

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:27 2

11. AnTuTu (Posts: 892; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Would love to see a review between Note 4 and Lenovo vibe 2 :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:28

47. Ashoaib (Posts: 2297; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


lenovo vibe z pro is really a very manly phone... I hope it will be a hit if priced lower than other flagships

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:30

48. Ashoaib (Posts: 2297; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


among all phones above, iphone is the oldest boring design

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 17:56 3

2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1398; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


One and Vibe looks better than the rest.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:06

44. RandomUsername (Posts: 495; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


That's a bold statement from an Xperia fan. How would you rank the leaked Z3?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:00 11

3. gigaraga (Posts: 1228; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Galaxy Alpha looks top notch and sharp. Also Z2 (because metal frames + different back is the best)

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:34 7

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


"Alpha" is going to die quick!!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:30 2

43. tech2 (Posts: 2207; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


The same was said about the 'plastic' GS4 and GS5 but they went to sell the higher then any android phone ever sold till date.

I love when people consider themselves analyst and believe they're better and smarter then a company with $7 billion turnover a quarter.

Don't underestimate the competition.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:44

49. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm referring to "die" with reference to the battery!!
Analyse that!!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:52 2

50. tech2 (Posts: 2207; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Well Mr. Analyst maybe you didn't analyse hard enough.

The phone rocks first of a kind 20nm chipset which is 25% more power efficient add to that the unique implementation of UPSM. Not to mention the implementation of LucidLogic tech.

Samsung has never let down in battery department. Even GS5 with 2800mah lasts almost as long as 3200mah of Sony's Z2.

Try harder next time.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:20 1

51. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Never let down?? Really?? You sure?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:50 6

20. John2014 (Posts: 34; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


Plastic back cover lol

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:04 7

4. amiaq (Posts: 481; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


iPhone design looks old despite "premium" body. It's like 65 years old high end whore. Anyway I can't argue with other people's taste.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 15:17

53. clovis6780 (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


Agreed. Whoever wrote that copy must have written it a few years ago.

There's no second opinion about it, folks – the iPhone 5s ranks among of the best-looking smartphones one can get. Glass, metal, and stainless steel are fused together to create Apple's iconic handset. And it doesn't only look gorgeous. The iPhone 5s is put together with utmost attention to detail, which is something one can clearly see and feel as soon as they get the hold of Apple's handset.

Pfft.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:07 3

5. Drsarcastic (Posts: 37; Member since: 23 Jul 2014)


The vibe eats iPhones for breakfast.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:15 1

6. fzacek (Posts: 1911; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I'll take the HTC One M7...

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:15 6

7. magnanimus (Posts: 297; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I feel that Samsung is trying to make a point with the Galaxy Alpha XD

Samsung: so I heard you like the iPhone, well take an almost exact replica with "premium" elements.

iPeople: why should I get it, it has a low res screen, bad battery, no micro SD, no IR blaster and its expensive.

Samsung: You just described the iPhone.

iPeople: But it has a plastic back and its using android.

Samsung: How's that non-removable battery and non customisable OS working out for you.

iPeople: *frustrated* it doesn't have the apple logo on it.

Samsung: well...... You got us there bud

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:19 3

8. twens (Posts: 672; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Before ifans cut my throat off I own and use a 5s but I think the galaxy alpha is the most sexiest amongst the list for me. That s2 like design with metal around it is just awesome. The whole phone speaks some type of classiness and personality.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:04

23. camera531 (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I actually agree completely.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:20 1

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 11964; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The M8 is the most beautiful of the bunch, followed closely by the 5S. The blue s5 is also gorgeous.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:56

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8696; Member since: 14 May 2012)


My blue S5 comes in tomorrow. Goodbye M8 helloooooo S5. :)

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:27 2

10. Arthurhkt (Posts: 105; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


What about Lumia 930? The back cover maybe a polycarbonate, but the aluminium frame is quite premium to me, in my opinion.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:36

15. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3013; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Theya'll Android and iPhone here!

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:54

36. ikenvape (Posts: 65; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Materials man, not the top phones. All WP (Officially) are plastic. Thick and durable but still plastic and if you have to put one Nokia, you might as well put them all up. They're practically identical.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:39 1

16. akki20892 (Posts: 3563; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


They should include just fully metal phone.

I don't know how other phones are include.

930 should have been here......really poor selection.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:30 4

12. billgates (banned) (Posts: 555; Member since: 29 May 2014)


Z2 is by far the best of that group. It's maybe the sexiest phone I've ever seen. I love my opo but my z2 is tops

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:33 1

13. Dee79 (Posts: 61; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


8 "gorgeous" phones!!!

Seriously PA you need to get out more lol, yeh i like my phones but i wouldn't start dribbling over any phone haha

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:46 4

17. mokhtar (Posts: 253; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Sony xperia z2 is the best quality phone, u tell me htc one m8 i tell u m8 cant survive in selt water for 6 weeks and no smartphone can do it.. SONY

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 18:59

18. banglazbless (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


That galaxy alpha is so beautiful it gives me butterflie

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:02

19. banglazbless (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


That galaxy alpha is so beautiful it gives me butterflie

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:06

24. camera531 (Posts: 164; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I think there's a big error in this article. Unless I'm wrong, the Huawei is all plastic. The P6 was the metal one. The new one's frame is fake metal (like the GS5).

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:18

27. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 1027; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Who cares?
This article is written only about bashing Samsung flagship phones and point the iPhone unibody "premium aluminium"....."supremacy".

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:12

45. xperian (Posts: 55; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


How is this article bashing samsung? It included that ugly plastic Galaxy Alpha

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:02

31. Ninetysix (Posts: 1660; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


I keep on refreshing the page but I'm only see the Samsung Galaxy S2?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:24

33. Ninetysix (Posts: 1660; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


(seeing)

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:31 1

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 11964; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's all I see too. I'm simply not understanding the choice of body styles, they went backwards all the way around with this device. The body is 2011, and the innards are slightly newer. I just can't embrace it, Samsung really dropped the ball with this. It won't sell well either.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:02

38. theguy2345 (Posts: 133; Member since: 24 Jun 2014)


Even though it is not my fancy, the Lumia 925 is a really nice phone and it has metal on it. Still want the HTC one with WP, though

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:02

39. ManusImperceptus (Posts: 472; Member since: 10 Jun 2014)


Metal phones are usually a design-mess due to the fact that joints and seams are unavoidable; I'd take unibody polycarbonate any day...

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:54 1

40. Rocket (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


That lenovo vibe z2 pro looks/is sweet.
Sadly doesn't support at&t lte :(

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 00:23

41. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yeah, Vibe has a great look to it imo.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:17

42. parthoman (Posts: 80; Member since: 18 Aug 2014)


the LG's M8 felt metallic to me , while its sad they didnt covered the blackberrry porche designed Z10 that was a hell of a phone.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:50

46. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 215; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


it would have been a great article if they would just spare us the chinese copy brands in each list, as these phones are generally not liked or not available.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 21:42

54. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


i Like Lenovo Vibe Z2 pro and HTC One design, other is just.... meh...

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