Samsung launched its latest line up of the Galaxy Note20 series last week at Galaxy Unpacked 2020 event. The smartphones arrived with a wide range of offerings which includes the latest Qualcomm processor, high-end camera specifications, 5G supports, and a lot more.
If you’re an active social media user, then you must have noticed reactions on the newly launched Galaxy Note20. Though the bigger sibling is receiving a positive response from all the reviewers and fans, the Galaxy Note20 is facing huge criticism due to its form factor.
The company has launched its Galaxy Note device with a plastic back panel which is becoming a huge question for a lot of people. Did Samsung make a wrong decision by choosing plastic over the glass for saving some production costs?
There is no doubt that glass is an expensive material than plastic and polycarbonate, but can’t also deny that plastic is much easier to mould and the designers have an upper hand to experiment with the material bringing a new innovative design without any restrictions. Samsung claimed that the Galaxy Note20 uses polycarbonate back and it feels like a glass with a matte finish. It seems that the company has included the polycarbonate to reduce the weight of the smartphone, but still, it didn’t make any difference.
The Galaxy Note20 Ultra weighs 208 grams, whereas the Galaxy Note20 is slightly lighter at 192 grams. Even though the company has included a plastic back but it didn’t compromise on features like wireless charging. Besides, the device also packs a metal frame which makes it steadier.
But the question arises, why Samsung made this change with the Galaxy Note20 model. Being a flagship smartphone the company was expected to feature a glass back like its predecessor. Fans and critics who were expecting a flagship-grade smartphone with premium glass look instead of a matte finish plastic back which looks like glass, but it’s not.
Disappointing OnePlus Nord
Apart from the Galaxy Note20, OnePlus Nord has also received criticism from critics and reviewers. The company has created huge hype about the product which acted against them after the launch. The OnePlus Nord is also criticized for its plastic build, but here the scenario is quite opposite, the newly launched mid-range segment phone sports a glass back with a plastic frame.
During the durability test conducted by JerryRigEverything, the OnePlus Nord got cracked after putting some extra pressure on the back panel. The reason behind the crack was the plastic frame which was incapable of tolerating much pressure.
Meanwhile, the scratch test on the front and back panel turns out to be successful. It seems that glass on both sides of the plastic frame is much stronger than the mid-frame. It seems that people have a mindset that plastic is a cheap material and it should be used in entry-level smartphones only.
Budget and mid-range segment smartphones are equipped with a plastic form factor to reduce the overall manufacturing cost. However, we can’t deny the fact that all plastics are not cheap and there are different qualities of plastics that can be incorporated on the phone depending on the brand.
Experts also believe that plastic phones are much durable and lighter than the ones which come with a glass back. Plastic frames work as better cellular receptor as metal frames blocks the signs.
So these are the pros and cons of plastic and glass smartphones. Undoubtedly we can say that plastic is cheaper than metal or glass, but it has its advantages and flaws.