While glass-bodied smartphones are billed to be more premium and are open to experimentation with new patterns, colours and gradients, they also have to be handled with extreme care. More often than not, glass-bodied smartphones find themselves hidden under a hideous case, well-protected from the scratches and cracks. Smartphones that opt-out of glass, however, are often deemed to be more durable. And with the latest innovations in design, they can also emulate all the new models a glass panel offers. Here are some mobile phones, available on Amazon, that offer the best options in non-glass.
The Redmi 9 Prime is the ideal example of making a smartphone that’s both durable and good-looking. With a concentric circle design that prevents smudges and fingerprints, it’s also quite practical. And unlike glass-bodied smartphones, the plastic body of the Redmi 9 Pro doesn’t slip out of the hands. The Redmi 9 Prime is powered by the MediaTek Helio G80 SoC and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10. It will also receive the update to MIUI 12 in 2020. The Redmi 9 Prime is well-endowed with features including a large 5020mAh battery and a triple camera setup.
The Samsung Galaxy M31s offers nearly everything that’s in vogue in the mid-range smartphone segment. That includes a well-optimised 64MP primary camera, along with a 12MP ultrawide lens and two 5MP cameras for macro and portrait photos. There’s also a massive 6,000mAh battery and a bright 6.5-inch AMOLED display with a punch-hole 32MP front camera. The smartphone is designed to feel like it’s made of glass with a glossy exterior, but it’s polycarbonate or ‘glastic’ which is a lot more durable than glass. The Samsung Galaxy M31s runs on the Exynos 9611 SoC with OneUI 2.0 based on Android 10 as the software.
The Oppo Reno4 Pro pushes the limits of what a plastic-bodied smartphone should be. With a smooth matte finish and weighing just 161g, the Reno4 Pro feels instantly premium in the hands. It’s also one of the slimmest smartphones out this year, and rocks a bright AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate, along with a 48MP quad-camera setup with 960FPS slo-mo recording, AI portrait video mode and more. But the real deal of the Reno4 Pro is the 65W fast charging which tops up the 4000mAh battery in less than 30 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy A51 offers the right mix of features and durability. The features include a 48MP quad-camera setup, a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display and a 4000mAh battery. At the same time, its strength comes from a polycarbonate body that won’t shatter when dropped, and yet manage to look good.