Best gold-colored smartphones

Best gold-colored smartphones
Like it or not, gold smartphones are here to stay. We’re not talking about devices that are actually made out of gold, but about those that just have gold among their standard color options. 

The trend seems to have started after Apple released the iPhone 5s last year, offering it in grey, white, and gold. Sure enough, gold-colored phones existed before, but they weren’t as popular and diversified as now.

As of this year, almost every notable flagship smartphone has a gold version - in addition to classic colors like black, white, or grey. Thus, this is a perfect time for us to gather the best golden smartphones in a single article. Check them all out below, and let us know if you have any favorites. 

In alphabetical order:

Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Although it represents a major upgrade (and, in some ways, a new beginning for Apple), the brand new iPhone has the same color variants as the iPhone 5s, obviously including gold. Only its back and sides are golden, though, with most of its front panel (minus the circle around the home button) being white. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus look pretty much similar in gold, and are available to buy in select markets as of September 19.

HTC One (M8)
Launched back in March, the all-metal HTC One (M8) is this year’s first flagship smartphone to have a gold version. Since the release of the One (M8), HTC introduced two similar devices: the One (E8) and the One (M8) for Windows, though neither of them come in gold.

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The Ascend Mate 7 was perhaps the biggest surprise of IFA 2014. Not because it’s literally a big handset (sporting a 6-inch screen), but because it’s very well designed - just look at those ultra-thin bezels - and offers plenty of high-end features (including an 8+1-core processor, and a 4100 mAh battery). What’s more, the Ascend Mate 7 is made out of metal.


The G3 is the world’s first widely available smartphone to offer a display with 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). This is one of the reasons why many customers were, and still are interested in it. Besides having a gold version, the LG G3 also comes in black, white, red and purple (thought the latest two colors may be hard to find).

Samsung Galaxy Alpha

At 6.7mm, the Galaxy Alpha is Samsung’s thinnest smartphone ever, and also the first in the Galaxy series to sport a metal frame around its edges. The Alpha is smaller than the Galaxy S5 (having a 4.7-inch 720p display instead of a 5.1-inch 1080p one), and is not water-resistant. Already released in some European markets, the Galaxy Alpha has yet to be launched in North America.

Samsung Galaxy S5

The S5 is undoubtedly Samsung’s best-selling handset of 2014. It’s the company’s first flagship smartphone released this year, and can be bought in more than 100 markets around the world. Apart from being available in gold, the Galaxy S5 can be purchased in black, blue, and white.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 seems to be Samsung’s most advanced handset ever. Just like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Alpha, it has a gold version (alongside black, white, and pink variants). The gold hue covers not just the back, front and metal sides of the Galaxy Note 4, but also a large portion of the S Pen stylus that the device comes with. The new Note can be pre-ordered as of last week, but it won’t be properly available before October.

Sony Xperia Z3

Expected to be released later this month, the Z3 is thinner and slightly faster than the Xperia Z2, but it doesn't represent a major upgrade. In any case, this is Sony's first flagship smartphone to have a gold color version (previously, the company had a thing for purple). The Xperia Z3 and Samsung's Galaxy S5 are the only water-resistant flagships to come in gold.



1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Sony should have not ditch the violet variation. Still will go for the green variation of Z3c

10. adream077

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

hey tech,can i ask you something, if the note 4 release on Oct 17 on Tmobile then how long after that i can buy it without pre-orders ?

17. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems like Sony loves making mistakes unfortunately.

21. adream077

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Papasmurf do u know when can i buy the note 4 without pre-orders after it release on oct 17?

23. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Hey adream077 my guess is that you would have to wait a month max..? to purchase the phone without pre-ordering just go to your nearest T-Mobile store and see if you can ask a sales representative about it.

26. adream077

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Thank you so much !

29. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

For T-Mobile? You can pre-order this week. For an unlocked version (Exynos 5433), got to wait until it launches on Oct. 17th.

34. adream077

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

Thank you but i heard that exynos chip just fine at first 4 to 6 months and then it start lagging and slow down is it true ? I also heard that snapdragon is better and it wont lagg when the phone hit 6 months old.

2. Michaelsalaets

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

i think the only phone that looked good in gold was the iPhone 5s. HATE the antenna bands on the new iPhone. Galaxy s5 looks spray painted in person. yuck, no gold.

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Gold Galaxy S5 definitely looks better in person when you have enough time to hold and take a much closer inspection at the device. The concept art and photos don't do it justice. But the gold variants of the Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha definitely do take the cake.

7. rkoforever90

Posts: 475; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

no gold s5 sucks. s5 looks good on maybe blue

9. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I like the blue better, too. But the gold variant definitely doesn't suck. I felt that way at first until I bought a gold unit as a gift for someone. I played with it and it grew on me more than my black S5.

11. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Are you sure it grew on you, or maybe it just stuck to you, like say, over an open wound?

28. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

33. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

More dumb bandaid jokes? Who thumbed you? Darkkjedi, mxy and nintysix?

35. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I own the gold edition, and it's truly way better than black and specially white ( i hate the white version ) and it's more unique than the blue which spammed advertising billboards everywhere.

40. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012


43. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

who cares*?

46. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2387; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

At least the iPhone 6 looks a little less tacky than the 5S did with it's gold color. But it's kind of negated by the more grotesque design regression they took.

4. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Z3 is copper, not gold. The One is the best looking gold coloured phone.

8. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I wish Sony made it with pure real copper, and a brass version.

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lol....they included all phones which has gold color.

6. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

It might be cheap but the Asus zenfone 5 looks good too!

12. reyenrique

Posts: 99; Member since: Oct 07, 2012

the HTC one look better

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31597; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Gold 6, 6 plus, LG G3, M8, and Note 4 are tops. S5 looks odd, the others don't matter.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Yes it does. The Huawei M7, has the best looks, along looking slick and sexy.

27. Furbal unregistered

That's my vote as well

14. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Note 4 looks more mocha then gold. Samsung Alpha gold version looks better. Sony xperia z3 is copper. If I wanted a gold phone I'd chose HTC on this category amongst the phones featured on this article.

16. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

HTC one & Huawei definitely. I think the 5S (iP4 best looking iP really) looked better in gold than the 6.The Note 4 & Z3 look more copper than gold. Just no.

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