The lead designer of the LG G3 made some interesting comments recently when addressing criticism over the lack of premium build quality. Chul Bae Lee, LG’s Vice President of Mobile Design, said that adding a metal chassis to the LG G3 would have made the phone $300 more expensive. The LG G3 launched with a plastic body and “polished metallic skin”.
“If you could charge $300 more for the phone, maybe we could make it metal,” said Lee. He also went on to say that the use of plastic meant a more compact phone. “To maintain the compactness of this phone, there is no other choice than this material. If I had applied metal to the G3 is would be much bulkier in the bezels and in all four directions. It would be very big and very heavy. It would be really slippery as well,” Lee said.
Design and build quality has always been a strong feature of Sony Xperia flagships. More recently, this has meant an abundance of glass and aluminium frames. However, if moving to a plastic frame meant a more cheaper, lighter and compact Xperia phone, would you be okay with that? Would you be willing to sacrifice build quality for the above factors? We’d love to hear your views below.
Via Trusted Reviews.