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HTC One in 24K gold hands-on

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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 HTC.com/NYC, 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 NYC@HTC.com 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.

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posted on 11 Dec 2013, 15:51 4

1. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 15:51

2. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 16:26 6

3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Most pictures taken by HTC ultrapixel camera look crappy.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 19:34

6. amats69 (Posts: 1523; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:18

4. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)

Looks horribly tacky.

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 17:34 2

5. TechCrazyedBoy (Posts: 129; Member since: 12 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 19:39

7. Muayyad (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 10:16

12. Siriusly (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 19:10

13. KristaNeuner (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 21:12

8. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 183; Member since: 20 Nov 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

posted on 11 Dec 2013, 21:53

9. byazatt (Posts: 298; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)

own one and you're a target by muggers hahaha

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 05:45

10. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 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.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 06:31

11. iamovie (Posts: 6; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

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

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 00:59

14. juliaann (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


posted on 13 Dec 2013, 01:01

15. juliaann (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


posted on 06 Mar 2014, 09:39

16. sarita (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)

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

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