Best gradient phones

Our transition to an era of glass-finish phones is now complete. In spite of a few trade-offs involved, all smartphone makers have unanimously agreed upon glass being the most premium construction material for phones. Even the affordable phones these days that are build of polycarbonate bear glass finish.

Thankfully, not all glass body phones are alike. Manufacturers have been using innovative gradient color patterns to make their phones look distinct, and this surely works. Believe it or not, but a good gradient finish can remarkably uplift the experience of using a phone. This year, we have come across several exciting gradient options and here are the few exquisite finishes that we loved the most.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus/ Note 10 

Samsung’s latest flagship phablet duo come in many attractive Aura Glow designs. The gradient finish looks akin to the Huawei P30 Pro. You get a hint of multiple colors shifting from one to the other, without being an eyesore. So, this one will even suit those who don’t like fancy color pops.

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But this one is more than what meets the eye. It wields a multi-functional Stylus called S-pen, packs high-end Exynos 9825/Snapdragon 855 processor, coupled with a huge amount of RAM and storage space. The software experience is One UI based on Android 9.0 Pie.

Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ vs Galaxy Note 9

2. Realme X Master Edition

Realme brought the X factor in terms of both looks and specs with this phone. The Master edition, in particular, looks gorgeous thanks to the designs by Naoto Fukasawa. The Onion and Garlic hue fuse the simple organic texture and essence of the veggies. The technology of micro- nanopatterning and ultra-vacuum optical coating allows light to glide across at different angles.


Realme X (review) is powered by Snapdragon 710 processor teamed with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The internals bears a 3765 mAh battery, with fast charging support. The cameras include a 48 MP primary plus 5 MP Dual Rear and a 16 MP Front Camera. This selfie shooter is housed within a motorized raiser, which confers a full-screen full-HD+ AMOLED display. And there is an on-screen fingerprint scanner as well.

Also Read: Realme X FAQ – All Questions Answered

3. Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro

Redmi K20 Pro comes in Carbon Black, Glacier Blue, and Flame Red colors with 3D gradient pattern on a glass and metal body. In the case of the latter two, you could see the color shift based on light transitions. This accentuates on the curved edges. You get Gorilla Glass 5 protection on both sides. The Carbon Black color is for those who prefer a less gaudy finish.

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The performance is born by an industrial best Snapdragon 855, backed by 8 layer liquid cooling, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. It is equipped with a 4000mAh battery that supports 27W SonicCharge fast charging. A 6.39-inch full-screen full HD+ Horizon AMOLED display, a pop-up camera, and the in-display fingerprint reader add to its list of attractions.

4. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus always has something exquisite to offer in terms of design. This years’ flagship, the 7 Pro comes has an ingenious Nebula Blue color option that should appeal to both – people looking for something flashy, and those with understated taste.

Also, the glass on the back has been polished for a silky, smooth feel. This smoothness extends to the front, where the 7 Pro brandishes a curved-edge, notch-free display with 90Hz refresh rate, making screen transitions… well, smooth.

5. Huawei P30 Pro

Pioneer in Smartphone gradients, Huawei aced its game with the beautiful gradients on the P30 Pro (review). If we were to use Huawei’s marketing lingo, these patters are inspired by the “ethereal beauty of salt flats” as seen during the different times of the day.

The Amber Sunrise option represents the golden morning, the popular breathing crystal variant summarises the day time salt flat looks when the sun is held high, and the Aurora Black depicts the dark night with shimmering stars.

6. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Even after almost a year since its launch, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro (Review) continues to be a relevant buy. The phone has powerful hardware that’s still good enough to take on new crop op flagships, and the square camera module that it debuted will be adopted in upcoming big guns including Pixel 4 and the next iPhones.

The Mate 20 Pro is extremely ergonomic and has a grippy textured glass back with subtle gradients inspired by “nature’s rich colors”. These include emerald green, twilight, midnight blue, and Black.

7. Oppo Reno 10X 

Oppo Reno 10X (review) is another smartphone that dopes the gradient finish. The phone has a seamless silhouette filled with mesmerizing iridescent finishes that shifts with every angle. The phone has a matte finish with intricate gloss detailing.

Taking about the Reno 10X boast off a Shark-fin style rising camera which allows Oppo to go full-screen on the front. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. It flaunts a 6.6 inches full HD+ AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the front.

8. Honor 20 Pro

The Honor 20 Pro also features some charming gradient design. Honor calls it a holographic design which seems inspired by aura lighting. The rear panel has subtle patterns which really shine when light falls on them. The Honor 20 Pro comes Phantom Blue, Phantom Black, and Icelandic Forst.

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Specs-wise, the Honor 20 Pro is based on 7nm Kirin 980 AI Chipset with Dual-NPU which is aided by up to 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM. It houses a 6.26-inch full HD+ display and Quad rear camera setup.

9. Vivo S1

Vivo S1 (review) is an affordable phone that prioritizes style and clings on to gradient aesthetic. The phone’s back panel has a diamond pattern design which reflects seamlessly transiting color tones to ensure an elegant impression. Then there’s Skyline Blue version of the phone which as the name suggest inspired from the perfect evening sky.


Apart from gradient design, the phone packs decent hardware with FUll HD+ AMOLED screen on the front and MediaTek MT6768 Helio P65 at the heart of it. The Vivo S1 is said to come with a 32-megapixel selfie camera, triple rear camera, FunTouch OS, and  4,500mAh battery.

10. Samsung Galaxy M40

Samsung has consistently delivered amazing colors across its entire portfolio. The rather affordable Galaxy M40 (review) has a glass-finish body and comes in two graceful “two-tone” or gradient options – Midnight blue and Seawater blue. Of these, the Seawater blue looks particularly striking.

The Galaxy M40 is a performance-centric phone and the only affordable option from Samsung to employ a Qualcomm chipset (Snapdragon 675). It’s also light and handy with a trendy punch-hole display, and is, unfortunately, missing the audio jack.

10 beautiful gradient glass finish phones to buy in 2019

These are some of our personal favorite gradient finish options relevant in the market today. As is true, beauty is more a subjective opinion and if you think we have missed a particularly elegant option in the list, share with us in the comment section below.


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