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Apple copied us with gold Apple iPhone 5s hints Samsung
Just a few days ago, Samsung announced that it would offer a gold Samsung Galaxy S4 model. This brought Apple fans to their collective feet, claiming that Samsung had copied the gold Apple iPhone 5s. The timing looked bad for the Korean based OEM. After all, just last week Apple asked its partners to increase production of the gold iPhone 5s by 33% because of strong demand for the unit. But on Saturday, Samsung published a history of its gold colored handsets, which dates back to 2004 before there even was such a thing as the iPhone.

As it turns out, the first Samsung Galaxy S4 in gold was announced for the UAE on August 27th, and was sold on September 8th. That means that the gold version of Samsung's Android flagship was being sold two days before the gold Apple iPhone 5s was even introduced.

But Apple fans could counter that leaks about a champagne colored iPhone went back to earlier in the summer. Samsung could then produce evidence that it has a history with gold colored phones going back to the Anycall SCH-E470, SPH-E3200 and SPH-E3250 from 2004. And while not all of the models below were commercially available (at least one was a prop from a hit movie), it looks like Samsung's use of gold on a handset predates Apple's decision to build a gold iPhone 5s.


source: SamsungTomorrow via AppleInsider

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posted on 29 Sep 2013, 00:36 6

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Galaxy Golden is the only recent one, the others are dinosaurs.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 02:42 18

26. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I invented the gold phone years before Samsung and apple ever existed. I'll see those fahkers in court.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 05:32 2

42. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


They al copied blackberry q10 gold edition
That's it!

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 06:40 8

51. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Look how horrible samsung phones before!lol..they improved their design after apple releases the iphne.hahaha

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:18 23

67. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's how all phones looked when they released. You had to troll didn't you?

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:54 2

79. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Hahaha.relax. Im just stating a fact that after the iphone is release the design of samsung phones changed also...dont tell me you didnt noticed it? Oh just open your eyes and youll see it. Believe me.lol

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 09:06 11

81. AppleJuice (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Those are feature phones, not smartphones.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 14:47

131. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The Galaxy Golden is not a feature phone. Look it up.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 11:10

105. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


not all i still use my stainless steel nokia 8801.and believe me people still make comments like that is the most beautiful phone they have ever seen and i agree thats why i still have it.along with my n95 iphone 5s and thinking about buying n9 also

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 01:32

165. chocolaking (Posts: 494; Member since: 22 May 2012)


Lol... so true..
the galaxy 2 was a direct copy paste of the iphone

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 07:51 4

63. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


why announce a gold s4 now??

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:00 11

64. MartyK (Posts: 846; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


As it turns out, the first Samsung Galaxy S4 in gold was announced for the UAE on August 27th, and was sold on September 8th.

Hope this helps

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:07 4

65. MobileKicker (Posts: 212; Member since: 19 Sep 2013)


Cause they saw leaked images of the 5s in gold

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 08:19 12

68. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


You should probably read the article insted of jumping straight into the comment section. I just saying...

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 09:43 2

93. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


it's very clear that Sammy respects apple so much... haha! from 64bit/chipsets to gold ones... I think apple owns Samsung, did they??? haha!

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 15:02 5

132. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Tards gotta tard, I guess. ARM announced that 64bit CPUs were coming long before the iPhone 5s. Samsung, like Apple, makes it's CPUs based on ARM reference designs. 64bit was coming regardless of either Apple or Samsung. Apple simply rushed it out so they could claim to be first. By 2018 they might have a device it well matter in.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 15:18

133. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Loling at this statement so hard. Damn you Apple for rushing the A7 chip! Every single smartphone that comes out nowadays is being compared to the iPhone but hey....the iPhones doesn't matter anyways.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 15:37 1

135. tedkord (Posts: 12207; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The rushed out part is where ARM announced they were going 64bit long ago and that it would be here early next year - guess what kind of CPU iPhones have.

It also references 64bit being virtually zero sum with less than 4gb of ram.

So yes, they rushed 64bit out for marketing reasons. That doesn't mean they shouldn't have. It was just the next thing that was always going to happen anyway.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 15:46

138. Ninetysix (Posts: 2460; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


What would you post in the PA article when Samsung releases the Galaxy S5 with a 64bit SOC and only 3GB of RAM?

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 17:04

142. Ant34 (Posts: 193; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


Android manufacturers are known for throwing the latest hardware into their phones regardless if they need it or not. 1080P phones are not really needed but most Android manufacturers are moving in that direction. Android phones are starting to appear with 4K videos.They're always pushing the limit.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 18:22

149. stealthd (unregistered)


a) having more than 4GB is not the only benefit of a 64-bit architecture
b) you seem to not know what the term "zero sum" means

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 00:14 1

156. WallStreetWolf (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


Ted, you are correct regarding the reference designs, but are you saying that 64 bit processing had a negligible involvement in the performance gains of the 5S? The Anandtech review of the device clearly outlined the performance attributes of the chip and came to the conclusion that the 64 bit transition amounts to much more than how much memory is addressed.

Also, Apple switching to 64 bit also prepares them for an easy transition for future iPhone and iOS releases. They haven't really endured fragmentation and moving its masses of loyal iCustomers into the new ISA environment is a good thing.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 10:52

159. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


true that! haha! ios to osx and wp8 to 8.1/9.0 and android??? well, I don't know... haha!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:00

160. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


DUDE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SMARTPHONES HERE, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME! haha! wait until apple and wp8 utilizes 64bit by OSX and W8.1/9.0 haha! good luck android users...

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 14:20 7

127. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Nevertheless, it shows that Samsung has always been at the forefront of design and aesthetics. Samsung has always tested with various colors in different markets and it wasn't until someone at hell's gates in Cupertino said "ooooh let's make something new and exciting and never done before (even if it already has been done, we'll just pretend to be the first), let's make a gold iPhone because we need something new and fresh for six more months until we can get the iPhone 6 out". Truth is that gold phones have existed in other markets before and, in some cases, they have either been gold or gold-plated. Can't wait for the gold on that 5S to rub off as, I'm sure it's just cheap Krylon.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 14:41

129. stealthd (unregistered)


That's just hilarious XD

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 20:21

166. ya4dang1 (Posts: 3; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Nevertheless, Samsung's old golden phone didn't sell like hotcakes as Apple's 5S.
I guess it could be the esteem value in which Samsung's products are lacking. People do not feel luxurious owning a Samsung.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 00:41 5

2. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Apple was stockpiling its Gold colored phones before the official launch and there were numerous leaks regarding Apple using gold as a new color for its iPhones.

Apple's iPhone is a smartphone as opposed to the record breaking pent-up demand of Samsung's gold colored basic phone. I understand there huge lines of fans waiting for days for a gold color basic phone, but no one took these lines seriously because it was all in Samsung's dreams!

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 00:45 22

3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I love how every page on Apple.com is full of lies and tricks to milk their customers.

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 03:46 8

29. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Yeah man, and when we are after the absolute truth we can always go back on sammy.com I just love how sammy takes good care of us, protects us, heck even pays us (blink). Screw you apple ! Don't you ever ever dare to say sammy is another blatant dirty massive corporation just like every other massive corporation who only has interest for cash flow and share holders! No sammy is so different !
God brother you speak the truth !

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