HTC One in 24K gold hands-on

Over the weekend, we got to sit down briefly with the folks from HTC, where we were treated to a pleasant surprise. Gold seems to be the new white apparently, which is evident in how many phone makers are now quick to give many existing and future devices with that shiny gold paint job. Interestingly, we’ve told you folks a while back that the Taiwanese actually produced an HTC One doused in surreal 18-carat gold plating, but at this meeting, we were given the chance to see a different version.

With this particular HTC One, it’s actually sporting 24-carat gold plating! And we must admit, it definitely gives the flagship phone one nice luster. So what else can we say about it except that it looks almost exactly like a slab of gold bullion from the rear – save for the prominent HTC logo that’s slapped on there as usual. Even with the 24-carat gold plating, we don’t notice much of a difference in its weight or construction. And obviously folks, it’s sporting the same hardware under the hood – so it’s nothing more than a cosmetic difference with this particular model. From what we’re told, HTC is only producing 5 units of this 24K gold HTC One. No doubt it’ll impress many people, especially when it’s valued at $2500 a pop!

Fortunately for all of us, HTC is giving everyone the opportunity of winning the prized device. HTC is asking you, starting today, to upload a picture onto its website via, or by sending a tweet to @HTCUSA with the hashtags #HTCinNYC and #US in one tweet. You can also send in your picture via email to along with your first name, last name, country, and email address. Another way to enter the contest is to visit HTC's ambassador in Times Square at certain times and dates. Each picture uploaded gives you an entry in the weekly drawing and one entry for the grand prize. Certain pictures will also be displayed on one of the famous Times Square display boards. There will be two grand prize drawings, one on December 27th and the other on January 3rd with the winners each receiving the 24K gold plated HTC One.

Related phones

  • Display 4.7 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
    HTC Sense UI



16. sarita

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Wow, it's great, i have the gold plated iphone 5s which i bought on, but the HTC also looks cool.

15. juliaann

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2013


14. juliaann

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 04, 2013


11. iamovie

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Does it still have that amazing Ultra pixel crap?? oh... okay...bye

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

oh man, I wouldn't want to have this one because a 24k is tooooo malleable, thats why most of jewels even the expensive are made with 18k.

9. byazatt

Posts: 316; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

own one and you're a target by muggers hahaha

8. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

by the looks of it the back is already pretty scratched. if i were marketing that i would sacrifice purity and make it a gold alloy, i mean come on gold is extremely soft so if you drop it its going to dent and scratch. thats my 2 cents

7. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Stupid people never know a @#$% about chemistry. Gold is one of the softest metals on earth.

12. Siriusly

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

It's merely plated in gold, if it were actually gold it would only be on display.

13. KristaNeuner

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

If it were actually gold it would be gold, not a phone.

5. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

If the HTC One is made of titannium instead of gold,i would buy it!

4. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Looks horribly tacky.

2. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Looks crappy in photos, but i think that in real life it's gorgeous.

3. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Most pictures taken by HTC ultrapixel camera look crappy.

6. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

And for sure while you write this post you signed in to twitter and send a tweet to win this gold edition htc

1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

It would have been great If they had given the money to marketing instead of this

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