The best smartphones in the metal case of 2018

Smartphone manufacturers, as a rule, use three main materials in the manufacture of cases for their devices: plastic, metal and glass. All these materials are used both on budget smartphones and on flagships. Today we’ll talk about smartphones in a metal case, but not ordinary, but the best in our opinion.

Xiaomi Redmi 4X 32GB

Let’s start with a budget employee from Xiaomi, which is one of the leaders in the global smartphone production market. Xiaomi was one of the first to “clothe” an inexpensive smartphone in a metal case and continue this glorious tradition.

The case of the Redmi 4X, although metal, however, there are plastic inserts necessary for antennas from above and below. The display is 5-inch, has HD resolution, the processor is Qualcomm Snapdragon 435, 32 GB of internal and 3 GB of RAM, there is a slot for a memory card. Very capacious battery – as much as 4100 mAh. Resolution of the main camera – 13 MP.

I am glad that in the color scheme finally appeared a black shade, which before so was lacking for many users.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 150g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

Among the inexpensive devices from Samsung, the Galaxy J7 (2017) stands out. This is an almost budget model, which, however, boasts not only a metal case.

So, it uses a fairly large 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, an Exynos 7870 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM, which can be increased if necessary thanks to the memory card slot. By the way, an important detail – the company heeded the feedback of users who often complained about the combined tray for a SIM card and memory card. Now there are two trays, you can use simultaneously two SIM cards and a memory card.

Cameras by the standards of the segment are very good, there is a fingerprint scanner in the Home button.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 181g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7870
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3600 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Huawei Nova 2

New season from Huawei. The first generation of the device received a metal case; in the second generation, the company also decided to use metal. The smartphone looks very interesting, a choice of a large number of shades. In addition, a dual camera is visible from behind..

Like its predecessor, Nova 2 has a 5-inch display with Full HD resolution. The company uses HiSilicon Kirin 659 as a processor, the amount of memory has increased significantly – 4 GB and 64 GB (operational and built-in, respectively). There is support for memory cards.

The resolution of the rear cameras is 12/8 MP, the front – 20 MP, a quick charge function has appeared, the predecessor also had a fingerprint scanner. By the way, the case is very thin – only 6.9 mm.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 143g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 659
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2950 mAh
  • Camera: 12/8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

iPhone 7 128GB

Yes, Apple has already shown both the iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X, but it was decided to use glass in them. It does not matter, since the iPhone 7 is not much worse than the G8, but it has significantly fallen in price, so the demand for it will not fall for a long time. And, of course, the smartphone has a metal case.

In our opinion, the 128 GB version is optimal, because the iPhone did not support the memory card slot, but it does not support.

Among the main features of the iPhone 7, we note an excellent camera, fast operating system, the presence of a fingerprint scanner, protection against water and dust, premium brands.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1334 × 750
  • Weight: 138g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Apple A10 Fusion
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1960 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Xiaomi Mi A1 64GB

An extremely interesting new product from Xiaomi, which received a metal case. Of course, it resembles that of the iPhone 7 Plus, but is it really bad?

Much more important is another – the smartphone received a new firmware, but not MIUI, as we used to see on Xiaomi smartphones, but “bare” Android, such as on Google smartphones! And this is very cool, because there are a lot of adherents of the stock version of Android in the world, which means that the demand for Mi A1 is provided, especially considering the excellent characteristics and low cost of this device.

Xiaomi Mi A1 received a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a dual rear camera (resolution – 12/12 MP), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. Charging Port Type – USB Type-C.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 165g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3080 mAh
  • Camera: 12/12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Nokia 8 Dual sim

Not so long ago, Nokia pleased its fans with the return to the smartphone market and offered several new devices at once. But only if before they worked on the basis of the Windows operating system, then the new devices work on Android.

The Nokia 8 case is made of aluminum, the color scheme is wide, and there are matte shades, and there are glossy ones. In short, a choice for every taste.

The newcomer received a non-standard 5.3-inch display, whose resolution is 2560 × 1440 pixels. The processor is the most powerful 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a pair of which is 4 GB of RAM. Built-in memory – 64 GB, can be increased using a memory card.

The rear camera is dual, there is a quick charge function, splash proof.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 160g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3090 mAh
  • Camera: 13/13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

iPhone SE 32GB

This smartphone was presented to the public in the spring of 2016. So much time has passed, and he … Still on sale! And this is not surprising, because, firstly, the iPhone SE has stable demand, and secondly, this device simply has no competitors – do you know at least one more popular 4-inch smartphone with the flagship characteristics?

The SE case came from the iPhone 5S, it is made of aluminum. Powered by an Apple A9 processor, has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory. By the way, SE got the filling, as well as the rear camera from the “big brother” iPhone 6S, so we have a really very powerful and nimble flagship.

Minuses? Well, maybe not a slot for a memory card, but the front camera is rather weak.

  • Screen diagonal: 4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1136×640
  • Weight: 113g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • CPU: Apple A9
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1624 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu M6 Note 3 / 32GB

An inexpensive new product from the Meizu company, and if you search better, then it’s completely budgetary. However, the budget is only cost, but some solutions will be envied by much more expensive smartphones.

Meizu M6 Note received an all-metal body, 5.5-inch screen with the already familiar Full HD resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.

Separately, we note the fast charging function, a capacious 4000 mAh battery, a dual rear camera.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 173g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Camera: 12/5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC520KL 16Gb

A budget and, obviously, very popular solution from ASUS, which decided to offer an inexpensive device with cool features.

The case is not all-metal – plastic inserts are visible from the bottom and top, but this is a common practice when creating inexpensive smartphones. What is more interesting is that on the back cover you can find a dual camera with a resolution of 13/5 MP. Front – 2.5D glass.

The diagonal of the display is 5 inches, the resolution is 1280 × 720 pixels. The device is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, the memory capacity is 2 GB and 16 GB (RAM and ROM, respectively).

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 156g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Sony Xperia XZ Dual

Cool flagship from Sony. The case is made of metal, but there is a small plastic strip at the bottom of the back for the antenna.

Sony Xperia XZ received a 5.2-inch display with Full HD resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. There is a quick charge function, USB Type-C, protection against splashes and dust, Corning Gorilla Glass 4. In this version, two SIM cards are supported.

Sony Xperia XZ conquers primarily with its cool design. By the way, the color scheme is quite wide, we recommend that you consider different shades before buying.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 161g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2900 mAh
  • Camera: 23 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes