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Leaks of Galaxy S8, LG G6, Huawei P10 show phones look best in black

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Written by Kamil Arli

Tech Columnist Ben Sin published an article on the leaks of Galaxy S8.

One of the most exciting things for tech geeks is unboxing a new gadget and marveling at its sexiness and sleekness for the first time. I still remember the feeling of taking the industry-changing iPhone 4 out of the box for the first time, or the my first few hours with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which up until now (and will remain so until the LG G6 is officially unveiled on March 26) remains the best combination of large screen + compact size in a device, ever. (The Xiaomi Mi Mix would have taken this title, but it’s a bit thick and the 6.4-inch screen still makes it an unwieldy device. If that phone had come with a 5.5-inch … it would be my go-to phone every day).

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THE AFOREMENTIONED PHONES DONT HAVE MUCH IN COMMON

The aforementioned phones don’t have much in common, except that they’re all black. The Note 7, in particular, looked gorgeous to me because even the metal frame that wraps around the phone was painted black.

The following is just my opinion, but I think it’s shared by many: Gadgets look best in black. It doesn’t matter what gimmicky marketing name you come up for the shade: black “onyx,” “jet” black, or piano black, whatever. Just make the whole thing black. The color has a slimming effect, and when used with a dark wall paper the entire device look borderless. Check out how I set up my Note 7..

Photo: Ben Sin

Photos: Ben Sin

or my Huawei Mate 9 Pro…

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If you’re still reading this far, you surely follow phone news and have seen the leaks of Samsung and LG’s next big phones, respectively the Galaxy S8 and the G6. I don’t know about you, but I thought the early leaks, showing silver/gold and blue variants of the phones, looked unappealing. Of course, once the leaks of black versions hit the web, my opinion changed.

both of these images are purported to show a working Galaxy S8 come from China (let's face it, the leaks always come from China because that's where all the hardware action is happening).

both of these images are purported to show a working Galaxy S8 come from China (let’s face it, the leaks always come from China because that’s where all the hardware action is happening).

SAME WITH THE LG G6, THE VERY FIRST LEAKED IMAGE PUBLISHED …

Same with the LG G6 — the very first “leaked” image published on The Verge shows a phone that’s solid-looking. But later images that show the phone in black look much better.

A press render of the LG G6, courtesy of reliable leaker Evan Blass. Photo: Evan Blass

A press render of the LG G6, courtesy of reliable leaker Evan Blass. Photo: Evan Blass

And here’s the Huawei’s P10 (also debuting at MWC on February 26):

Photo: Evan Blass

Photo: Evan Blass

It looks super sleek in black, right? The P10’s bezels seem to be a bit bigger than the new LG and Samsung phones, but if you get the black version it hides it a bit better. Huawei is the rare Chinese phonemaker who understands black is a great color for phones, because other brands seem to gravitate towards gold or worse, pink (aka “rose gold”).

Chinese people really like to put gold on everything, including phones. The ZTE Axon 7 is a great device, but it only comes in bright gold (in most regions). I don’t want my phones to look like it came out of Donald Trump’s office, so I can’t use it. Same goes for my review unit of the Vivo XPlay 6: it’s a beautiful piece of hardware, but I can’t stand the white front and pink back. Imagine if this device was in all black like the Note 7? It would look so much sexier.

Photo: Ben Sin

Photo: Ben Sin

So phonemakers (especially Chinese ones), please, if you want to experiment with gold or wacky hipster pastel colors (like the Google Pixel or HTC U Ultra), fine. But do release an all black version. There’s a reason why every man has a pair of black dress shoes and every lady has a “LBD,” because black is classic and timeless and works for every occasion.

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Kamil Arli

Editor of DigitalReview.co. Digital Media Consultant

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