This year at MWC, Something unexpected happened. Samsung, always ridiculed with its poor design choices, set everybody aback with its stunning new Galaxy S6. The Galaxy S6 is receiving positive impressions from tech pundits all around the world which arises the question if Samsung is the new design king in the Android town. Let’s have a look how Samsung changed the game and whether it is fair to crown it the new king.
HTC failed to meet the high expectations
HTC patted itself the as best Android phone designer back in the days and with a good reason. The HTC One M8 was a premium piece of hardware and many people hailed it as to “closest” an Android phone manufacturer can get with the state-of-the-art iPhone’s design.
Fast forward this year, and people expected HTC to pioneer even more improved design. But with the HTC One M9 release, HTC went with the “Don’t fix if it ain’t broken” approach and decided to piggyback on success of its predecessors design with minimal hardware design changes. To suffice, HTC over-hyped the M9 and it failed to meet the expectation of design nerds.
Sony’s is pretty good at designing a phone, no?
Yes, Sony OmniBalance design strategy has given birth to some great looking phones like the Xperia Z3, but being crafted from Aluminium and glass doesn’t mean that Sony doesn’t have it’s fair share of problems. For one, a Sony device does not come with a lot of bells and whistles like a Samsung phone. Their hardware addition lacks IR blaster or heartbeat sensor compared to a Samsung device and even their software additions are minimal. Furthermore, Sony doesn’t have a lot of cash to spend on advertising campaigns like Samsung. Heck, even their presence in western markets is pretty low. Enumerate all this, and it perfectly sums up the decision of people tending to buy a Samsung phone.
Motorola and OnePlus and are headed in the right direction
Motorola has resented the use of metals since it’s inception with a good reason. You can customize it to your liking with wood backings or genuine leather, not to say that it’s default soft-touch plastic feels bad in hand. Motorola proves that you don’t need an all-metal design to build a solid feeling phone.
OnePlus One, while not crafted from metal or glass, still feels great thanks to its use of regular materials blended with good sense of design. This year’s OnePlus Two (if that name makes any sense) is expected to arrive with a glass build and we couldn’t have been happier.
Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi have also one-upped the game with beautiful phones like the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro.
So, Is Samsung The New Design King In The Android Town?
If you ask us, we’d pretty much say yes. Given, there are a lot of flagships to arrive this year but the thing is you know that, every manufacturer mentioned above is pretty much known to reveal a handset with a great design. Samsung already has a mine of resources which no other manufacturer has, and combine it with a great design and you have a clear winner. The way Samsung has forayed in to the design game from nowhere, is pretty remarkable. I shall cheerfully crown Samsung as the new design king. I’d love to hear your views.