9 best smartphones in a metal case

Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

The range of smartphones is amazing. The stores sell hundreds of different models. You are completely lost when you see such abundance. What if you just want to buy a great smartphone with a metal case? We recommend that you solve the problem by reading our selection. This time he will talk about the best smartphones, the insides of which are contained in a metal case. No annoying plastic devices!

9 best smartphones in a metal case

Nomination a place Name of product price
9 best smartphones in a metal case 1 Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB RUB 75 350
2 Samsung Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB RUB 35 850
3 Google Pixel 2 128GB RUB 39,500
4 Sony Xperia XZ3 4 / 64GB RUB 39,990
5 Xiaomi Mi 8 6 / 64GB RUB 19,970
6 Meizu 15 Plus 6 / 64GB RUB 19,990
7 OnePlus 5T 64GB RUB 24,950
8 LG V30 + RUB 26 850
9 Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB RUB 14,820

Apple iPhone Xs Max 256GB

Rating: 4.9

Apple iPhone XsMax 256GB

Our rating starts with apple products. Of course, not everyone likes smartphones with iOS on board. But we must admit that iPhone Xs Max shoots pretty well, only slightly inferior in this regard to the flagships on Android. And it's not even worth talking about a bitten apple on its metal case – many people buy a device just for the sake of this logo.

At one time, it was the company Apple that first presented a smartphone with a curly cutout in the display. iPhone Xs Max in this regard does not differ from its predecessors. He is also able to boast of a monobrow, inside which there was a place for a front camera, dynamics and a face recognition system. Unlocking takes place in a split second, which is good news. Also, positive emotions are caused by the speed of the operating system – if slowdowns occur, it is extremely rare, and in third-party applications, the development of which Apple is not involved.

A large number of variants iPhone Xs Max went on sale. First, they may differ in the color of the metal case. The silver version looks the most interesting, although some will like the golden one. Of course, the traditional black version has not been forgotten. Secondly, the difference may lie in the amount of memory. And here you need to think seriously. The fact is that Apple smartphones do not have a memory card slot. Therefore, it is important not to overshoot with the amount of internal storage. If you are going to use the camera not only for photography, but also for video filming, then we recommend considering the option of buying a 256 GB model.

iPhone Xs Max differs in that it is a rare 'apple' device that allows you to use two SIM cards at once. However, one of them must be electronic (virtual). However, the distribution of eSIM cards in Russia is not far off.

The smartphone has a familiar already frameless design. The picture is displayed on a 6.5-inch display, created using technology AMOLED. Perfect blacks await the user, and the power consumption of such a screen is quite low. If there was also the possibility of changing the resolution, there would be beauty in general. But there is no such function in iOS 12, so if the battery is discharged, you will have to go to other tricks. By the way, 2688×1242 pixels is an excellent parameter that allows you to enjoy games, videos, and photos.

The device has received full water protection. This means that the smartphone can be dropped into the pool. If you pull him out of the water in a timely manner, then nothing will happen to him. On the back of the device, you will notice two lenses. Each of them hides a 12-megapixel matrix. At the same time, the focal length of the lenses is different. As a result, the user gets an optical zoom, albeit only two times. Many may think that this is a meaningless function. But in fact, zoom comes to the rescue in almost every foreign trip, and in visiting Russian cities too. It is also nice that both camera modules have optical stabilization. By the way, video shooting here is carried out in 4K resolution and at a frequency of 60 frames / s. This alone speaks of how powerful the processor is installed here! More powerful – only in iPad Pro.

This smartphone is capable of boasting stereo speakers. However, almost all representatives of our rating have them. If we talk about wireless modules, the device supports 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 technologies. Support Apple Pay has not gone anywhere either. A lot of sensors were included in the smartphone. One monitors the light around the device, the other turns off the screen at the moment when you lean the smartphone to your ear, the third acts as a compass. Also, it should be noted the presence of a barometer and a gyroscope.

Of course, even this expensive smartphone cannot be perfect. The company Apple traditionally saves on bundling. She puts stickers with her logo in the box, but at the same time forgets about the much more useful thing – about fast charging. So it turns out that at first the owner iPhone Xs Max charges his smartphone for almost three hours. Interestingly, the device also supports wireless charging – such accessories are now becoming more and more affordable.


  • A powerful processor Apple A12 Bionic is used;
  • A large number of sensors inside;
  • All modern wireless networks are supported;
  • Large amount of memory;
  • Decent battery life
  • 4K video recording at 60 fps is possible;
  • A wonderful camera with optical zoom;
  • Excellent AMOLED – display;
  • Water protection is implemented.


  • No memory card slot;
  • Very high cost;
  • No fast charging included;
  • There is no 3.5mm jack;
  • The smartphone is heavy.

Samsung Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB

Rating: 4.8

Samsung Galaxy S10e 6 / 128GB

In this rating, we could well consider one of the South Korean flagships. However, it should be noted that they are too expensive. We recommend that you consider buying a Samsung Galaxy S10e instead. This unit is available in several colors. For the version, which includes 128 GB of memory, they ask for less than 40 thousand rubles. It seems that this is the amount that can still be given for a high-quality device with a metal case. Especially if it has a slot for a memory card and a long battery life.

Like many other smartphones running Android, the Galaxy S10e supports dual SIM. Also, the device has received water resistance. It's nice. It turns out that the smartphone can be used in the pool, on the beach, and somewhere under the waterfall. Be aware, however, that sand can scratch both the front and back panels.

This gadget has an excellent AMOLED – display. It shines very brightly, which, again, allows you to see the incoming message on the beach. At the same time, the screen cannot be called huge – its diagonal is 5.8 inches. As a result, the device itself turned out to be very compact. And easy. What other modern smartphone in a metal case can boast of only 150 grams? As for the display resolution, it is 3040×1440 pixels. It's hard to find fault with this parameter, because it provides a pixel density of 580 PPI.

The operating system used here is Android 9.0. Internet access is carried out through a high-speed LTE module or Wi-Fi 802.11ac networks. The device is also capable of boasting modules Bluetooth 5.0 and ANT +. The first one is used to connect wireless headphones and speakers, the second is useful if you suddenly want to receive information from the cadence sensor. It should also be noted that there is a full-fledged NFC chip, which can be used not only for contactless payments.

Many people buy such expensive smartphones to get great photos. Well, the dual camera built in here does not cause any particular complaints. It is slightly inferior to the one built into the Galaxy S10, but even its capabilities will definitely suit most buyers. Even 4K video recording at 60 fps is available here. The resolution of the matrices under the lenses is 16 and 12 megapixels. The dual module is made so that you can blur the background. And the smartphone also has a 10-megapixel front camera, which includes wide-angle optics.

What else can you say about the Samsung Galaxy S10e? It uses an eight-core Exynos 9820 processor, which is unlikely to upset anyone. Of course, I would like to get a device based on a chip from Qualcomm, but it is shipped only to North America. The metal body of the smartphone also hides 6 GB of RAM. Autonomous work is provided by a 3100 mAh battery. A parameter far from a record, but it is thanks to him that the device turned out to be so light. And even this capacity is quite enough for two days of autonomous operation. The smartphone also received a fingerprint scanner. This pleases, not everyone wants to unlock their device exclusively with their face. But where is this sensor located? On the back there is nothing but a logo, two lenses and a flash. Pressing your finger on the screen also does nothing. The secret is simple: the fingerprint scanner is built into the power button located at the end.

It remains to add that the device has received many different sensors. There is a digital compass, a barometer, and a light sensor, and the recently forgotten Hall sensor, and a gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. What else can you dream of? About the USB Type-C connector. He is, of course, also present here. The 3.5mm jack, which some manufacturers chose to abandon, has not been forgotten either.


  • There is water protection;
  • Small size and weight;
  • Good AMOLED – display;
  • 4K video recording at 60 fps is possible;
  • Decent front camera
  • All modern wireless modules are built in;
  • A powerful processor is used;
  • There are many different sensors.


  • The fingerprint scanner will not seem convenient to everyone;
  • It gets hot enough.

Google Pixel 2 128GB

Rating: 4.7

Google Pixel 2 128GB

The Google Pixel 2 also has a metal body. It also could not fail to get into our rating. However, let us clarify: officially this device is not for sale in our country. Therefore, buying this smartphone voids your warranty. But what you get is a device with an almost perfect camera. You will definitely enjoy the way she behaves when filming. If competitors are rather lazy enough to transfer focus from one object to another, then Google Pixel 2 does it almost instantly!

Someone, of course, will be in an unpleasant shock from the camera. The fact is that it consists of only one lens, which hides a 12-megapixel matrix. However, later such a person will understand that the developers from Google managed to come up with algorithms, thanks to which the camera is in no way inferior to competitors with two or three lenses. The only real disappointment is the lack of optical zoom. But on the other hand, there is optical stabilization, the work of which is clearly visible with all the same video shooting.

Finishing the conversation about the camera, she shoots video in 4K resolution, but at 30 frames / s. However, this cannot be called a significant drawback. Modern 4K TVs independently draw frames, making the picture as smooth as possible.

As for the screen of the smartphone itself, it is made using technology AMOLED. This means you will enjoy perfect color reproduction. The diagonal of the display is 5 inches. This makes the device the most compact in our rating. The screen resolution is 1920×1080 pixels. Whether this is enough for you – only you can decide.

The device is capable of boasting a 143-gram weight. It is understandable, with such dimensions it was impossible to expect anything else. And if the minimum weight is a plus, then one SIM card slot cannot but be confusing (eSIM support is implemented here, but not every Russian operator offers a virtual SIM card yet). And the lack of a memory card slot is certainly appalling. What if you want to shoot 4K video every day? Or fill your memory with a huge amount of FLAC encoded music? In short, this is the main drawback of this device. Slightly less upsetting is the battery capacity of 2700 mAh.

The device is powered by an eight-core Snapdragon 835. At one time it was the most powerful processor built on the ARM architecture. And now he is showing himself very well. But 4 GB of RAM now looks like a volume that is barely enough for most buyers. To access the global web, LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac are used here. Supported by a smartphone and contactless payment, which is implemented using an NFC chip. Well, the connection of a wireless headset is carried out via Bluetooth 5.0. Only ANT + support is missing here. But that's okay, wireless sports and medical sensors are not available for every person looking to buy a Google Pixel 2.

This smartphone is IP67 waterproof. Dropping it in a deep pool is not recommended, but accidental rain will definitely not harm you. The device is unlocked by scanning a fingerprint – the corresponding sensor should be found on the back panel.


  • There is a USB Type-C connector;
  • Water protection implemented;
  • Hall sensor, barometer and other sensors are present;
  • Built-in powerful processor;
  • Modern wireless networks are supported;
  • Excellent fast focusing camera;
  • Good AMOLED – display;
  • Very small size and weight.


  • Not a very capacious battery;
  • No memory card slot;
  • No 3.5mm audio jack;
  • Only one SIM card slot;
  • Not for sale officially in Russia.

Sony Xperia XZ3 4 / 64GB

Rating: 4.6

Sony Xperia XZ3 4 / 64GB

This representative of our rating was created by the Japanese company Sony. Do I need to say that this manufacturer has a very large number of fans? However, even they are intimidated by the high cost of smartphones created by this company. For example, for a Sony Xperia XZ3 they ask for about 50 thousand rubles. And this is for a version that only includes 4GB of RAM!

This unit is operated under Android 9.0. Its main distinguishing feature is its attractive appearance. Whatever one may say, but Sony equipment always looks very stylish. If you once buy a Japanese smartphone, then in the future you will not want to change it to a device from another manufacturer. The device also received an excellent camera. Yes, it consists of one lens, which hides a 19-megapixel sensor. But on the other hand, such a camera can shoot slow-motion video – at this moment 920 frames / s are recorded. However, now many competitors have learned this. And 4K video recording at 30 frames / s is no longer surprising. And the aperture f / 2.0 – it generally seems unacceptable. In short, the camera seems perfect, but exactly until the moment of shooting in low light conditions. And it certainly is inferior to the camera built into the Google Pixel 2 discussed just above.

The smartphone with a metal body turned out to be very large and heavy. Its weight reaches an impressive, but not outrageous 193 g. On the front panel of the device there is a 6-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels. An unusually high parameter! He is especially happy when viewing photos. The pixel density here reaches 537 PPI. Higher rate – only for models with 4K display.

The smartphone sounds very good. This is not surprising, since the Japanese company Sony has become popular due to audio technology. So its modern devices are often capable of boasting excellent sound. Here it is provided by stereo speakers. If you want to output sound to headphones, then a 3.5 mm audio jack is used for this. If your headset is wireless, then Bluetooth 5.0 will come to the rescue. Well, the NFC chip will speed up synchronization with various wireless accessories. However, this chip is more often used for contactless payments. Finishing the conversation about connectors, the USB Type-C port is used here for charging and transferring data to a PC.

Of course, this smartphone is capable of providing you with high-speed Internet access. For this, the LTE-A module of the 18th category is built here. The manufacturer has not forgotten the GPS-chip supporting GLONASS. In short, you can easily send selfies taken with the 13-megapixel front camera to the social network. And you will definitely not get lost in an unfamiliar part of the city.

The work of this representative of our rating is provided by the eight-core Snapdragon 845 processor. This is still one of the most powerful creations of Qualcomm. The chipset can handle even extremely heavy games and applications with ease. We have already mentioned the amount of RAM. As for the built-in memory, it is only 64 GB. However, the situation is saved by the memory card slot. The device also includes a fingerprint scanner, which should be looked for on the back panel. Many of our readers are concerned about the battery capacity, how high it is. Well, you can't find fault with this parameter – 3330 mAh is enough for one and a half or two days of not very active use of the device. And the device is also capable of boasting moisture protection. But the standard needs to be clarified before placing an order – some copies received an IP68 certificate, while others – only IP65.


  • There are two slots for SIM cards;
  • Excellent OLED – display;
  • The rear camera is very high resolution;
  • Decent front camera
  • All modern wireless networks are supported;
  • A very powerful processor is built in;
  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • There are USB Type-C and 3.5mm jacks.


  • Not all specimens received normal water resistance;
  • The camera does not have the best aperture;
  • To some, the amount of memory will seem insufficient;
  • Excessively high cost.

Xiaomi Mi 8 6 / 64GB

Rating: 4.5

Xiaomi Mi 8 6 / 64GB

Of course, our rating could not do without the products of a Chinese company Xiaomi. As you know, she is able to boast of a not very high price tag. That being said, smartphones Xiaomi usually have impressive specs. Of course, in order to reduce the cost, the Chinese go to all sorts of tricks. For example, they make their choice in favor of cheap components. An inexpensive RAM module has a decent amount, but its speed characteristics leave much to be desired. But who of the product buyers Xiaomi cares about this? They understand that even the flagship Mi 8 will only be used by them for one and a half to two years, after which the smartphone will be replaced. And it is unlikely that all the juices will be squeezed out of it.

So, what can Xiaomi Mi 8, which is sold in our country for 23 thousand rubles, can boast? Firstly, it can work with two SIM cards. Secondly, the device received a 6.21-inch display, created using technology AMOLED. Its resolution is 2248×1080 pixels. It seems that this will be enough for most buyers. At the top of the screen, there is a now familiar monobrow. It houses not only a 20-megapixel front camera, but also an infrared camera used to recognize the user's face. This means that unlocking will be quick not only during the day, but also in the evening.

As for the rear camera, it consists of two lenses and the same number of matrices. Their resolution is the same, 12 megapixels. But the aperture of the two modules is different – f / 1.8 and f / 2.4. This is due to the fact that the second module has a longer focal length optics. As a result, the user gets the opportunity to double the picture. And the camera is also endowed with optical stabilization, which helps with video shooting. It is carried out here in 4K-resolution, but with a frequency of only 30 frames / s. And this limitation was introduced deliberately, because the eight-core Snapdragon 845 processor is definitely capable of more.

The sound here is output to high-quality stereo speakers. If you want to use headphones, you will have to look for an adapter. The fact is that there is no 3.5 mm audio jack – of all possible jacks on the case, only USB Type-C is present. However, it's time to switch to a wireless headset. Communication with her is carried out via Bluetooth 5.0.

Continuing the conversation about wireless modules, one cannot fail to mention the NFC chip. It will most often be used to pay for purchases in a store. Internet access here is carried out through the LTE-A module of the 18th category. If you are at home, then the support of Wi-Fi 802.11ac will please.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 includes 64 GB of permanent and 6 GB of RAM. And if the volume of the latter seems to be quite sufficient, then this cannot be said about the built-in storage. The worst thing is that the manufacturer has given up the memory card slot. It turns out that the captured 4K video must be sent to the 'cloud' as quickly as possible, otherwise the free space will quickly run out. Why did Xiaomi decide to do this? No one knows. As for the battery, its capacity is 3400 mAh. It is impossible to find fault with this parameter. I am glad that support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+ is implemented here. Well, one cannot fail to note the presence of many sensors in the smartphone – from the Hall to the barometer. The fingerprint scanner on the back is also not forgotten. It is intended for those who still do not trust the 3D facial scanning system.


  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • Frontalka is supplemented with an infrared camera;
  • A large number of sensors are built in;
  • Very powerful processor;
  • Large amount of RAM;
  • Two slots for SIM cards;
  • All the most important wireless modules are present;
  • Implemented 2x optical zoom;
  • Good AMOLED – display;
  • The price is not very high.


  • No memory card slot;
  • To some, the smartphone may seem too big;
  • Average microphone quality;
  • No moisture protection;
  • There is no 3.5mm audio jack.

Meizu 15 Plus 6 / 64GB

Rating: 4.4

Meizu 15 Plus 6 / 64GB

A good smartphone with a metal body is also in the company's range Meizu. We are talking about Meizu 15 Plus, which is sold for relatively little money – for 18-19 thousand rubles. This device was created for those who, for some reason, do not want to buy a device with a monobrow or a teardrop notch. There is neither one nor the other. As a result, there are quite wide areas above and below the screen. There is even a place for a fingerprint scanner under the display!

The display placed here was created using technology AMOLED. Its diagonal only slightly falls short of 6 inches. 2560×1440 resolution is ideal for enjoying photos. There are 494 pixels for every square inch of this screen. Many do not need more.

Despite the very large size, the smartphone is not very heavy. Its weight reaches only 177 g. The device has two slots for SIM-cards, like the vast majority of smartphones existing now. The only pity is that the second slot is not combined. This means that the device does not recognize the memory card. You only have to use the built-in storage, which is 64 GB. This is enough for music, photos and all kinds of documents. And you simply won't be able to get carried away with 4K video – the built-in dual camera is limited by the resolution Full HD.

It is completely unclear what this limitation is connected with. We can safely say that the 20-megapixel matrix hiding under one of the lenses could definitely shoot video in 4K resolution. Apparently, such a limitation is imposed by the Exynos 8895 processor. Or the Chinese have deliberately introduced this limitation so that some people buy more expensive smartphones.

This camera does a good job of blurring the background. Its second matrix has a resolution of 12 megapixels. The presence of laser autofocus is encouraging – it allows the camera to focus in a matter of fractions of a second. There is also optical stabilization, which seeks to eliminate the jitter that inevitably occurs when shooting video handheld. As for the front camera, its resolution is 20 megapixels. This is enough even for printing images in very large format.

Meizu 15 Plus is not a typical representative of our rating. The Chinese implemented a separate audio processor into it. As a result, FLAC music sounds, if not perfect, then very high quality – you can accurately isolate all the musical instruments that participated in the recording of the composition. Especially if you listen to music with good headphones connected via a 3.5 mm audio jack. Standard Bluetooth 4.2 compresses the signal, so you will hear lower quality sound in wireless headphones. This can be roughly said about stereo speakers – their small size makes itself felt.

The Meizu 15 Plus includes a 3500mAh battery. Of course, there is fast charging technology. And there is also a Wi-Fi 802.11ac module and a good navigation chip that can recognize signals from GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellites. But you can find fault with the number of sensors. Illumination, face proximity and magnetic field – the smartphone can only track this. There is no barometer or Hall sensor. However, hardly anyone will seriously worry about their absence.


  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • Built-in 6 GB of RAM;
  • There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE;
  • A very powerful processor is used;
  • There is a separate DAC;
  • Good AMOLED – display;
  • Decent front and rear cameras;
  • You can insert two SIM cards;
  • Affordable price tag.


  • You cannot use a memory card;
  • Can't shoot 4K video;
  • There is no moisture protection;
  • No NFC chip.

OnePlus 5T 64GB

Rating: 4.3

OnePlus 5T64GB

Many people think that any OnePlus smartphone is the best buy. For relatively little money, this device will offer a treasure trove of technology. For example, OnePlus 5T can be bought for 25-27 thousand rubles. At the same time, eminent competitors offer devices with similar characteristics for completely different money.

The OnePlus 5T's main selling point is its camera. The smartphone is not the first freshness, but the camera built into it is still only admirable. It consists of two lenses, which hide sensors with a resolution of 16 and 20 megapixels. At the same time, one of the lenses is capable of boasting an aperture opened up to f / 1.7. This allows you to get decent pictures even when shooting in the dark. Also, the smartphone is ideal for video shooting. He writes videos in 4K resolution. However, he does it with a frequency of 30 frames / s – this parameter will not suit someone. But you do not buy a smartphone for 50 thousand rubles, so you still have to put up with something.

On the back of the device, made of metal, there is a fingerprint scanner. It works quickly, in this regard, you can't find fault with the device. Somewhere under the scanner is an NFC chip. It is needed for quick synchronization with some accessories and contactless payment in stores. The smartphone also supports technologies Bluetooth 5.0, LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. In short, you will definitely not have any problems with transferring photos or even videos to a social network.

Previously AMOLED – mainly South Korean smartphones had a screen. Now Samsung supplies them to other manufacturers of such devices. Got it and OnePlus 5T. The diagonal of the panel installed here AMOLED is 6.01 inches. Resolution – 2160×1080 pixels. Not much, but bearable, even by modern standards. By the way, the screen and many other components are very lightweight. As a result, the weight of the smartphone was only 162 g. Not bad for this size. Remember, there is no monobrow here, so the areas above and below the display make the device large enough.

What else can you say about this model? You can insert two SIM cards into it. But external storage is not supported by the device. Therefore, this is another representative of our rating, forcing us to put up with the amount of permanent memory that it has. In this case, it is 64 GB. As for the RAM, its volume reaches 6 GB. And the Snapdragon 835 is used as a processor. Not so long ago it was a top-end chipset. However, even today he is able to surprise with his power indicators.


  • There are 3.5 mm and USB Type-C connectors;
  • Large amount of RAM;
  • All modern wireless networks are supported;
  • A very powerful processor is used;
  • Great rear camera
  • Excellent 16-megapixel front camera;
  • Good AMOLED – display;
  • You can insert two SIM cards;
  • The weight is not particularly heavy.


  • No memory card slot;
  • There is no moisture protection;
  • Ergonomics does not suit everyone.

LG V30 +

Rating: 4.2

LG V30 +

A good smartphone with a metal body was also created by the company LG. The model called LG V30 + has a familiar look. Therefore, there is no monobrow or anything like that here. Please note that there are two modifications of this model on sale. The first has only 64GB of internal storage. The second has not only twice the amount of built-in storage, but also support for wireless charging. Otherwise, they have identical characteristics. Both of these modifications are protected according to the MIL-STD 810G standard, which allows you not to be afraid to dip your smartphone in water.

Like almost every other device in our rating, the LG V30 + has two SIM card slots. On its front panel there is a 6-inch display, for the manufacture of which the P – OLED technology was used. The company LG loves to equip its smartphones with a very high resolution screen. This model is no exception to the rule, here this parameter is 2880×1440 pixels. The brightness of the screen is quite good, there will be no special problems either when using the smartphone indoors, or when shooting with the built-in camera outside on a clear summer day.

The camera of this device is also quite good. But it cannot be called ideal. Yes, it uses two lenses. Yes, one of them has an aperture of f / 1.6. Yes, the matrices have high resolution – 16 and 13 megapixels. What's more, even optical image stabilization is available here! However, many users still note that the quality of photos could be higher. By the way, the resolution of the front camera installed here is only 5 megapixels. But on the other hand, this module shows very good results in the evening.

Pleases the amount of built-in memory. It is 128 GB. In this case, you can additionally use a microSD memory card. Well, isn't it a miracle? But the manufacturer still saved on RAM, the user is waiting for only 4 GB. However, not all buyers will feel its lack, it all depends on what kind of tasks the smartphone will solve.

The device includes a high-speed USB Type-C connector. I am glad that the South Koreans did not deprive their creation of a 3.5 mm audio jack. The product also received a fingerprint scanner. As for other sensors, only a gyroscope can be distinguished among them, there is no barometer or anything like that here.

With this smartphone, you can pay for purchases, since there is a full-fledged NFC chip. Also, this model is ideal for high-speed Internet access. It should be noted also the support for Bluetooth 5.0, supplemented here with the digital codec aptX HD.

And what does not like those who decided to buy this device? First of all, the not very long battery life is disappointing. Fortunately, the 3300 mAh battery is capable of charging very quickly, so using the AC adapter won't cause any particular problems. Although it all depends on the method of operation – for some people, the device functions for two days. The second problem is with the power button, which is located on the back panel. This takes some getting used to. The third drawback is the large size of the device. Surprisingly, with such dimensions, its weight was only 158 g.


  • Implemented moisture protection;
  • Low weight;
  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • There are USB Type-C and 3.5mm connectors;
  • All modern wireless standards are available;
  • Nice dual camera with optical stabilization;
  • Integrated Snapdragon 835 processor;
  • Large amount of permanent memory;
  • You can insert two SIM cards;
  • It is possible to use a memory card;
  • Nice OLED screen.


  • The smartphone is too large;
  • You need to get used to the location of the power button;
  • Not the most recent version Android;
  • The front camera will not suit everyone.

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB

Rating: 4.1

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 4 / 64GB

Our rating is closed by another device with a metal case, created by a Chinese company Xiaomi. As the name suggests, the Mi Max 3 boasts enormous dimensions. Its front panel houses a display with a diagonal of 6.9 inches. And add to that the areas above and below the screen! As a result, the smartphone turned out to be larger than many tablets. Consider this before making a purchase, this smartphone can not be put in every pocket.

The functionality of the device is provided by the operating system Android 8.1 and the Snapdragon 636 processor. As you may have noticed, this is the only representative of our collection that works with a mid-budget chipset. However, even such a processor provides decent performance. And we must not forget that this smartphone is sold for only 16-17 thousand rubles. Even a fool understands that for this money you don't need to look for a smartphone equipped with top-end features. By the way, the amount of permanent memory of this device is quite decent, amounting to 64 GB. If you give up the second SIM card, you can also expand it using a microSD card. As for the RAM, 4 GB are built into the smartphone.

Returning to the screen, it is made using IPS technology. One feels that the Chinese had to save money here too. The display is capable of boasting ideal viewing angles, but in terms of color saturation it is still inferior OLED – to analogs. The screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels. With this diagonal, this gives only 350 pixels per inch.

The Chinese manufacturer also saved on the camera. It is double, but the resolution of the second matrix is ​​only 5 megapixels. And the first one cannot boast of an exorbitant parameter – its resolution is 12 megapixels. The f / 1.9 aperture indicates a fairly low aperture. And you can completely forget about optical stabilization – it is not here, as well as optical zoom. Against this background, it is surprising that the Chinese still left the opportunity to shoot video in 4K resolution. It remains to add that the front camera here is 8 megapixel.

On the metal body of the smartphone there are holes in which there are USB Type-C and mini-jack connectors. The presence of the latter is especially pleasing, because there is only one speaker here, and therefore one cannot count on an excellent sound quality. Well, if we talk about wireless modules, then they are in complete order. There is Bluetooth 5.0, and LTE, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and even an infrared transmitter. However, the Chinese have forgotten about something. There is a lack of an NFC chip that could be used for contactless payments for purchases.

In fact, the device justifies its cost. Yes, it has certain drawbacks. But on the other hand, you get a smartphone with a battery, the capacity of which reaches 5500 mAh. You can hope for a stable two to three days of battery life. There is also a fingerprint scanner and a Hall sensor. And if the second one is only needed to use a book cover, then the first one will come in handy if you don't really trust face scanning.


  • There is a fingerprint scanner;
  • A large number of sensors;
  • Capacious battery with fast charging support;
  • Both popular connectors are present;
  • There is a slot for a memory card;
  • All major wireless standards are supported;
  • There is a light indicator of events;
  • You can insert two SIM cards;
  • Relatively low cost.


  • The smartphone is huge;
  • The weight of the device reaches 221 g;
  • There is no NFC chip;
  • Cameras still leave a lot to be desired;
  • The display was created using IPS technology.


Now you know which smartphones you should pay attention to if you want to purchase a model with a metal case. As promised, we've only talked about the best devices. This means that you will have to spend a considerable amount to buy any of the reviewed models – flagships are never sold cheap.

Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.

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