The age of the aluminum flagship phone is over

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<p id=Like a flock of migrating birds, smartphone makers tend to move from one new trend to the other in groups. One moment you have an aluminum iPhone 6S with a headphone jack and no notch, and the next you’re watching the phone market overrun with iPhone X clones that omit the jack, embrace the notch, and ditch the metal. The last major name still standing by aluminum as its construction material of choice was Google, and that laggard behavior was corrected yesterday with the launch of the all-glass Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Now, the aluminum flagship phone is well and truly dead.

The very first aluminum smartphones to make their way onto the market came almost a decade ago. They were the HTC Legend and Nokia N8 in 2010. HTC was especially bold in…

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