Want a 24k gold plated HTC One (M8)? Here's where you can buy one
0. phoneArena 04 May 2014, 10:44 posted on
Remember that 24k gold plated HTC One (M8) that was presented to T-Mobile CEO John Legere by the Taiwan based manufacturer? Did you feel a pang of jealousy when you saw the picture of the executive holding his gold plated HTC One (M8)? The good news is that you don't have to have that green monster living inside you anymore...
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1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
I can just imagine how this dents. Why can't they fully wrap one in some nice high quality leather?
6. tech2 (Posts: 3455; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Because leather will dry out over time when it comes in contact with water frequently (it may even shrink as it starts losing its oil). It will also attract stains and may leave a bad odour if they come in contact with something very smelly.
That's why Samsung uses faux leather and not an actual leather.
7. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
lol you think that's the reason they use plastic? You know how much it would cost to use real leather... And there probably isn't enough cows in the world to provide all the leather to all the phones lol.
And well yes real leather can lose it's shine over time, but not that much if it's treated well. Just look at cars with real quality leather. It stays nice for years or even decades.
9. tech2 (Posts: 3455; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
I didn't say that's the reason they use plastic, I said that's the reason they didn't use leather.
Yes, leather maybe scarce but not as scarce as diamonds on several phones.
'but not that much if it's treated well' - You wouldn't be saying this if you look up the properties of leather on the internet.
Using on car is a different matter. Leather is used inside a car not outside ! Leather degrades extremely faster (for the reasons I said above) when it comes in contact with air, wind and water.
Also, mobile manufacturing is extremely intricate and requires extreme precision (unlike car seats or dashboards). If a part which is not hard and changes it properties in cold or summer such as leather its almost impossible to attain a a unibody or a gap-less phone with precision.
No matter how careful you are leather isn't practical just because it 'feels nice' !
11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
That's also what I said. I didn't mention aluminium for example any time. I was too talking about plastic/real leather. But anyway Samsung has nothing to do with this. We're talking about luxury/special phones like this gold one.
There are Vertu phones with leather backs and I guess the leather stays clean. Also leather cases stay in their original form for years. And they are constantly in touch with pollution and moist.
And at the end are any gold/platinum devices practical? No. They add weight/price and the material is very soft which makes it dent extremely easily. And I mean yes leather is even softer but you know in a different way. Only practical thing would be to carve the full body from a big diamond cube.
12. maherk (Posts: 3767; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
You do know that you have to go with the premium package to get real leather in your car? Even the Germans make you pay extra money for that. And just like you say that leather isn't a problem if you take care of your phone, then I don't see where is the problem with aluminum if you take care of your phone. But I get where your criticism is coming from, the Sony glass is the best, too bad for you it isn't. The Z1 proved that, bendable and fingerprints/smudges magnet, so basically it ONLY looks premium when it is untouched.
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The gold doesn't look great since the front isn't gold as well but I'd definitely get the Platinum one.
8. Finalflash (Posts: 3096; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Yea, what is with these companies that half ass the whole deal by making only half of it gold or platinum. Put some effort into it and make the whole thing gold/plat because you're selling it for 2.5K bloody hell.
20. bachir8k (Posts: 148; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
a 24ct gold HTC8 + a plastic back cover... LoL
3. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2184; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Okay, who is supposed to buy the next round for the house? I'll take the platinum.
5. GoBears (Posts: 449; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
Heck all I want is an 12MP ultrapixel camera and a better notification LED. I'd take a plastic body to have those.
10. gd761 (Posts: 136; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
How much would one cost made out of Tungsten Carbide?
Try and Scratch that kind of a Body.
13. mojtaba_mn (Posts: 268; Member since: 22 Feb 2013)
I love it but .....money
Buy a black one
14. amats69 (Posts: 1442; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
I like the platinum one! But im already a contented htc one m8 gunmetal grey owner..best color option so far for m8
18. Connie B (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
It is a superawesome phone. But because of non replaceable battery I will never buy it. I hope you that have the phone enjoy it. It will only last 2 years with the non replaceable battery.
19. Connie B (Posts: 31; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)
The phone is sexy with the gold. Very good. It cannot compete against the Samsung because it is heavy and with the non replaceable battery and very very very bad camera. I can say because I have the M7. The camera at only 4 megapixel is very very bad. Almost like the camera on phones 3 years ago.
21. theo14461 (unregistered)
I'm with you. I'd buy a M8, if it had a camera as good as the one on my S5. Sorry HTC.
22. Chrisyahya (Posts: 59; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)
24K? so its full with electric shock. gold is very good conductor.