Glass, plastic, and metal make up the majority of smartphones on the market today. These materials have served us well, there’s no question about that. The newly introduced Pixel 6A has a plastic back so good, it’s easy to imagine it is glass. However, if you purchase enough gadgets, it becomes rather dull. There are a slew of luxurious and exotic materials available for smartphone designers to utilise in their next-generation handsets, but stainless steel seems to be the most daring material used so far.
That may be about to change. A new Pixel gadget is being developed by Google, and it will feature ceramic rather than glass. OnePlus X, Essential PH-1, and Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 4 are all examples of smartphones that have done the same thing in the past. Ceramic is less scratch-resistant than glass despite its higher hardness, however this comes at the expense of long-term use. Even so, it’s difficult to surpass the quality feel in the hand.
Although ceramic is the most probable material to be used in smartphones in the future, it isn’t the only one that we’d prefer. Motorola’s Moto Maker app in the mid-2010s offered both wood and leather cellphones as luxury alternatives, while cobalt and titanium have also been seen in the industry. We know that smartphone manufacturers will avoid using these materials because of their durability, availability, and cost, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream.
For this week’s poll, I’d want to hear what your ideal phone would be built of in recognition of the possibility of a ceramic Pixel handset in the future. In the comments, feel free to offer materials that aren’t on the list, such as a smartphone built of felt, or anything else really outlandish. In the meanwhile, I’m going to spend the rest of the weekend regretting not purchasing an Essential PH-1.
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