A hands-on with the 18-carat golden HTC One now a reality

A hands-on with the 18-carat golden HTC One now a reality
Gold-plated smartphones are becoming more and more common, as there obviously appears to be a market for the obscenely expensive luxury devices. The HTC One has received its fair share of attention by London-based GoldenGenie as early as June earlier this year.

Now, the 18-carat HTC One below is, once again, produced in conjunction with GoldenGenie, but this time around it's been specifically crafted for the 18th anniversary of the MOBO music awards (hence the logo on the back). Despite being by far one of the most beautiful handset on the market right now, gold definitely manages to add to its exterior. Unfortunately, as you can imagine, gold and other precious metals, while pretty, are far from practical – the unit that the folks over at AndroidCentral got their hands on (one out of just five, by the way) was already pretty scuffed, as you can see. If it were us, this bad boy would sleep tight in the snuggliest, most fluffy case money can buy to avoid just that.

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  • Display 4.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(18h 3G talk time)



1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It looks ugly to begin with, and even uglier with the scratches and scuffs all around the body. Picture 1 and 2 support what I'm talking about.

8. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

Go watch the actual video from androidcentral:http://youtu.be/j5Ay31DAM_8 This particular phone is just a test version. The real gold phones (limited to 5 units only) will be on display at the MOBO awards.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Still it's very sexy looking. I would take it with all those scratches on it. Remember gold is most malleable of all metals, so it is what it is. I like it.

18. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I kinda do as well. If I bought one though, I'd have some kind of coating on it so it wouldn't scratch as easily. Maybe this one does as well and it's taking damage because so many tech bloggers are oggling it so much. Could be. I'm sure people who pay for this to be done are taking more care of and attention to how they use their phones.

2. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

it scratched? 2nd picture/// still the red coloured better

3. aditya.g0110

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

already scratched...???

4. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

so, left only 4 in perfect conditions...

10. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

It's not a real gold phone. Ever tried scratching gold? It's not that easy to scratch.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Pure 24-karat gold is a very malleable metal and extremely easy to scratch. In use it's almost always mixed with another metal because of this.

19. zennacko unregistered

And that's precisely why they're using 18k? 24k gold is used by the banks and federal reserves worldwide, it has almost no practical use elsewhere (unless you wish to lose less energy with your wires, saving some bucks on your power bill)

5. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

bad idea... the red HTC One looks the best.

6. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

This gold HTC one is designed as the mobo award, not for actual sales... (Unless you are willing to pay thousands of dollars for it) Don't know why so many hate comments, because your lovely oem doesnt get awarded? Hehehe

7. taikucing unregistered

I think chrome HTC One will look better

9. Sadman_Hossain

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

It doesn't really attract me towards it. The Gold is just very much over powering, makes it seem like real gold plates. For me that isn't very attractive. iPhone 5S did a better job.

16. JazzyLucey

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

LOL Its not even for sale, its for an award. AN AWAAAAAAAAARD. That HTC is part of, NOT APPLE.

20. Sadman_Hossain

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 01, 2013

I'm just saying it doesn't look very appealing. Irrelevant of whether it is on sale or not.

11. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Why does this need a hands-on? Its exactly the same as the non gold one, right?

12. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

I don't get the hate, would love to have this.

13. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

i wouldn't. Would much rather buy a non gold version to save a load of cash and not worry about it being stolen (as much)

17. saenaedewe

Posts: 72; Member since: May 01, 2013

Ugly color for a phone

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