The slugfest of adding more and more gigs under the hood have almost reached its saturation point. Buyers have also become smart and now understand that more than the high end numbers its synchronization between hardware and software that matters.
Moreover, many smartphone buyers today are not new to smartphones. So they are more interested in buying phones that will offer some extra value to them and add to their personality, instead of being blindly enticed by specifications. That is why Metal clad or Metal body is the new favorite marketing term these days. Apart from imparting strength and durability, ‘Metal’ also renders that ‘Premium Feel’.
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If you find Metal build attractive, here’s our pick of top phones under 20,000 with a metallic build.
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Off late Lenovo has adopted an aggressive approach with its launches in the mid-range segment. Recently launched Vibe X3 holds almost a complete package under budget price of 20,000 INR.
It has persisted with K4 Note design and ideology, however, it has taken care all its deficiencies. It has sourced high grade metal for the chassis which is coupled with glass and plastic back panel. The Lenovo Vibe X3 comes equipped with a sharp display, 21MP camera, Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor, 3500 mAh battery, NFC, 4G LTE support and powerful dual frontal speakers.
- Powerful Audio hardware
- 5 Inch full HD display
- Good camera hardware
- Powerful chipset
- Hybrid 2nd SIM card slot
- A bit heavy
Le Eco has jolted the loyal fan base its compatriots have created in last two years by holding couple of successful flash sales of Le 1s. The Chinese internet giant has made an impressive debut by offering a phone with some potent hardware specs with unibody metal design at a pocket-friendly price.
To recall, the Le 1s (Full review) sports a 5.5-inch FHD IPS display with 401ppi, MediaTeK Helio X10 SoC ticking at 2.2 GHz, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3GB and 32GB ROM. The phone runs on Android Lollipop based EUI which takes advantage of LE Eco’s ecosystem, as per company claims. In terms of optics, it features a 13 MP primary camera and 5MP secondary camera at the front. The back panel fingerprint sensor is also pretty accurate and responsive.
- Fast charging
- Premium design
- Overall excellent performance
- Display brightness is low
Huawei subsidiary too resurfaced in the limelight with its recent launch of Honor 5X which is packed with of some impressive specs. The honor 5X sports a 5.5-inch display with 1920x1080p resolution and 401 ppi (pixel-per-inch). At the heart of it lies a 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 chipset coupled with Adreno 405GPU and 2GB of RAM.
Like most of the smartphones launched in 2016, Honor 5X also hoists a fingerprint sensor just at the back below 13MP primary camera and LED flash. On the downside, its camera lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) but does a decent job in capturing 1080p videos and slo-mos. The phone comes out of the box running on Huawei’s EMUI 3.1 which is based on Android 5.1.1.
- Sleek design
- Gorgeous display
- Good camera hardware
- Loudspeaker volume is low
Xiaomi Mi4 is the current flagship in India from the Chinese maker. All though the phone failed to repeat the unprecedented success of Mi3, it is still very popular among masses due to its metal unibody design, sleek looks and zippy performance. This Diwali Season, the 64GB variant of Mi4 is up for a grab for 17,999 INR while 16GB variant is retailing for 14,999 INR.
- Bright and vivid screen
- Metal frame Design
- Flagship specifications
- Bigger battery
- No Gorilla Glass
- No microSD card slot
- No NFC
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After stupendous eye rolling success that OnePlus had last year, it continues to impress us in 2016 with OnePlus 2 and more recently, the OnePlus X. The handset offers compact and manageable form factor and the premium combination of glass and metal. OnePlus in its X has used a brushed aluminum frame with fine grooves running along the edges, that also lend a nice grip. All said and done, OnePlus X further pushes the envelope in terms of value proposition.
- FHD AMOELD screen
- Good Camera Performance
- Zippy performance
- Compact design
- Invite system for purchase
This midrange phone – Lenovo Vibe P1– would make this Chinese phone maker’s loyalists very happy. Despite flaunting a 5.5-inch display at the front, extra-large battery and metallic back, it is extremely light. Lenovo has designed the phone well and curvy back ensure handy grip. Specification wise it has the right mix to fulfill all over day to day needs.
- Large battery
- Dedicated key to toggle into Power saver mode
- Metallic side edges
- 4G LTE support
- Display brightness is low
Micromax Canvas 5 is the latest device to join the list of phones with metal body under 20,000 INR. Micromax has strategically used metals on the sides and a faux-leather back cover. It come with a 5.2-inch display, octa-core MediaTek processor, 3GB of RAM and 13MP camera. The phone is also compatible with 4G LTE Indian bands.
- Powerful SoC with 3GB RAM
- Bloat ware can be uninstalled
- Sharp display
- Non-removable battery
For years Samsung persisted with its same old plastic design language for which it also received its share of bantering from its follower. However, Galaxy A series was first Samsung attempt to shed its monotonous design image. The phone boasts a full metal unibody design which feels premium. Under Samsung Galaxy A5 hood you get a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 13-megapixel main camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 16GB internal memory, 2GB RAM and 4G connectivity. If you are looking for a tier 1 branded devices with hint of metal, this is a viable option.
- Elegant looks
- Well saturated display
- Good imagery sensor
- Dated Android version