Smartphones are beginning to get thin again, not they ever really stopped getting any thinner but, it looks like the latest wave of skinny smartphones will be hitting the market this year. The latest manufacturer to join in this trend could well be Huawei out of China, who have been known to specifically build smartphones to push thinness before now. What's different about this upcoming smartphone from the company is that it could be 6.3mm thin and encased in aluminum. With all of this talk of plastic vs premium and quality build vs not so great build, do Huawei have what it takes to bring a truly premium smartphone to the table?
The Huawei Edge is rumored to be a 4.9-inch smartphone that's coming out of China with an aluminum casing. What's great about this particular rumor is that we actually have a couple of photos – thanks to French site NoWhereElse – to go along with things. I don't know about you but, the prospect of a smartphone encased in aluminum – much like the HTC One – is pretty exciting.
As for the internals of the device, here are some rumored specs:
- 4.9-inch Full HD Display
- Quad-Core CPU
- 2GB of RAM
- 13 MP rear-facing camera with presumably a 1.2 MP front-facing camera
- 16/32GB of Storage
- 2,600 mAh battery
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
What these images are showing is basically the shell of a smartphone, now these could just be early design mockups which doesn't mean that this phone will get made as is but, there's a good chance that Huawei would produce a smartphone like this. After all, the Chinese manufacturer has lofty ambitions to beat both Apple and Samsung at the smartphone game, with choice quotes from the CEO, Richard Yu, like "Samsung's plastic is very cheap" and the only way to tackle such a thing is to deliver a smartphone that really is of better quality, talk is after all, cheap.
The Huawei Edge might not be the smartphone you've been waiting for in terms of build quality but, if this trend of aluminum and other premium materials keeps up, will Samsung's plastic devices manage to stay as desirable as they are now?