Best gold-colored smartphones (2015)
In 2014, we presented a list of the best gold smartphones that were available at the time. Now, when we're already in the fourth quarter of 2015, we have a new list, this time including only golden handsets introduced this year. Not each and every one of them - we're only presenting the finest of what's out there. In chronological order:
Like its predecessor - the One M8 - the HTC One M9 is a 5-inch 1080p metal-made smartphone with Boom Sound speakers and a distinctive design (compared to non-HTC devices). The M9 is powered by Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, also offering 3 GB of RAM, a 20 MP rear camera, 32 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2840 mAh battery. Sure enough, the M9 is not the newest handset around, but the good news is that it can now be bought for under $500 unlocked.
Announced at the same time with the HTC One M9, but released a bit later, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge marked a new design direction for Samsung - one that sacrificed things like removable batteries and expandable storage for a slim metal-and-glass construction. The S6 and S6 edge are also notable for being exclusively powered by Samsung's own Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor, so there are no Qualcomm-based versions of them. Both the S6 and S6 edge offer 5.1-inch Quad HD screens, with the mention that the screen of the latter is curved on the sides. The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have four color variants each, Gold Platinum being one of them.
Huawei's P8 is another slim, metal-made smartphone that's can be bought in gold (among other colors). The P8 is powered by Huawei's octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 930 processor, which may not be on par with other high-end octa-core chipsets, but still gets the job done. Sporting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Huawei P8 further features a 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front-facing camera, 3 GB of RAM, microSD card slot, and a 2680 mAh battery.
After the well-received G2 and G3, LG this year introduced the G4, which brings improvements in almost all areas: we've got a better 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a newer processor (Snapdragon 808), a superior 16 MP rear camera, and so on. The G4 is not made out of metal, instead coming with either a leather, or a plastic back cover. The plastic version includes a gold option, while the leather one does not.
ZTE surprised us this summer with the Axon Pro, a premium smartphone made out of metal, packed with high-end features, and sold at a relatively affordable price: $449 (unlocked). Highlights of the Axon Pro include a 5.5-inch Quad HD display, a dual 13 MP rear camera, 4 GB of RAM, Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and near stock Android Lollipop.
As its name suggests, the Galaxy S6 edge+ is the bigger brother of the S6 edge. The + version sports a dual-curve 5.7-inch Quad HD display (instead of the 5.1-inch one of the smaller model), and comes with 4 GB of RAM instead of just 3 GB, plus a bigger battery (3000 mAh), Other than that, the S6 edge+ isn't too different from the regular S6 edge, but it's definitely an option to consider if you need an extra-large smartphone with an uncommon design.
Samsung's Galaxy Notes have been the kings of phablets for years, so we were expecting the Note5 to be a top-class device. And it is. While it has about the same size as the Note 4 (thanks to a similar 5.7-inch Quad HD screen), the Note5 comes with a new design (based on the metal-and-glass approach of the Galaxy S6 family) and plenty of improvements: from the Exynos 7 Octa 7420 processor and 4 GB of RAM, to the new S Pen stylus and the new cameras (16 MP on the back, 5 MP on the front).
The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus look like last year's iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but they bring a slew of enhancements - including 3D Touch, a faster processor, 2 GB of RAM, improved battery life, better cameras with 4K video recording, and a tougher aluminum construction. Overall, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the best iPhones yet (but that's to be expected with all new iPhone models, isn't it?). Besides the regular gold option (which has been available since the iPhone 5s), the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus also come in rose gold, so now you have two different gold nuances to choose from.
The Xperia Z5 is Sony's newest family of premium water-resistant smartphones, and includes three distinct models: the 4.6-inch Z5 Compact, the 5.2-inch Z5, and the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium. But only the Z5 and Z5 Premium have gold variants. As you may know, both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors, and come with brand new Sony-made 23 MP rear cameras, among other common features. However, the Z5 Premium is unique, thanks to the fact that its 5.5-inch screen supports 4K (2160 x 3840 pixels) resolutions.