We did Rose Gold before it was cool! Here are the phones that can say that for themselves


All right, guys, it seems that with the introduction of a brand-new color for the Apple iPhone line, pink Rose Gold is about to become the new black! Indeed, after the white iPhone has become mainstream, we assume Apple felt the need to add an even more gentle color to the line, and there are quite a lot of people already drooling at the new finish.

Sure, it could be because it adds a fresh look to a design that may look somewhat stale by now, as we've been seeing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus quite a lot over the past year. Additionally, owning a Rose Gold iPhone 6s is the only way you are guaranteed that people around you would instantly know it's the newest and best from Apple – a black iPhone 6s runs the risk of being taken for a 1-year old iPhone 6. Who wants that, right?

Of course, there's also the fact that people would like it just because they enjoy the sight of Rose Gold. For that reason, they may not even be dead-set on getting an iPhone and would be interested what other manufacturers offer the finish right now. Surprisingly – not a lot! Here are the few handsets that have rocked the color thus far. Our spidy sense is telling us their numbers will grow exponentially in the following months, though.

The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S4


Samsung's top-shelf smartphones for 2013. Yes, they may be aging right now, but this is as far back as we could trace the Rose Gold finish on smartphones. While it was not an official color for both models (the Note 3 did have Pink, but that's a different deal), limited editions of the phones offered Rose Gold on White and Rose Gold on Black variants. What this means is that their faux-metal (Sammy didn't use real metal back then) frames were colored rose gold, while their fronts and backs were white / black. Overall, the glimmering finish was much more subtle with that design choice.


The HTC brotherhood


We've no idea whether HTC knew early that this color may become a "hit" in 2015, or if they hit it by chance. But the final result is that the HTC One M9 and its offshoot siblings – the 5.5-inch phablet-class One E9+, and the MediaTek Helio X10-equipped One ME, which is announced, but not yet released – all have a Rose Gold variant. Now, in HTC's case, the finish is much less pink-ish and has more of a red-tinted gold color, so if a more subtle rose effect is your thing - you may want to check these out. Also, there is the rumored HTC One A9 (a.k.a. Aero), which is not announced, but has leaked excessively, and it appears it will rock the gentle tone as well.


Huawei Mate S


Now this is a "chicken or the egg" type of case, as Huawei Mate S was revealed just a few days before the iPhone 6s, and it looks like Huawei was suspiciously aware of what Apple is going to announce, as it tried to cram similar features in its new phone. For one, the Mate S was announced to have a variant, which will support Force Touch – apparently, a technology, which should work similarly to Apple's 3D touch. Interestingly, though, said Mate S variant is not yet ready and there is no official word on when it will be, so one can't help but feel that the company just rushed to announce the tech, just so it could be out a few days before Apple. Now, now – Apple did a similar thing with the Watch, when it announced it months before its actual release, just so that it could pull away some of the spotlight from the Android Wear smartwatches that were hitting the market at the time.

Anyway, along with Force Touch, the Mate S will also be rocking a Rose Gold variant, and Huawei was very adamant on letting us know that the Mate S is more rosy and more goldy than the iPhone 6s, one day after Apple announced its new flagship.

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28 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

To be honest, none of them even remotely look as good as the iPhone's Rose Gold. I give it to Huawei Mate S for coming pretty close though.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So none of them look pink?

9. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

No. But he's trying to say (typical) rose gold is different from Apple rose gold because it's Apple-branded and should never be interchanged.

25. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I'm simply stating in my opinion, the iPhone in pink or whatever you want to call it and the Mate S look far better than the Samsung and HTC ones do. I don't care what color name you or anyone else wants to call it. I was just stating my opinion which phone looks better.

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Regardless as to what Apple wants to call it, their color is much closer to pink than rose gold. This is rose gold. http://m.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/movado-bold-medium-rose-gold-plated-stainless-steel-watch-36mm?ID=598790

21. talon95

Posts: 998; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yeah, they wanted to make it sound expensive and exotic, but it's too pink. Doesn't really matter, I assume that all of the women are buying it over the other colors. They have been stuck with white for so many years that they must be dying for a change. Only problem is that now every woman will have pink and within 6 months they won't fell like it's special anymore. It's like half of american women driving a pink prius, it'll get old fast.

17. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

it is pink, not rose gold.

28. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

so agreed

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It's really funny how big butthurt some people here get over colour

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

ifans wll not believe this, those blind fools will say it's photoshopped! Apple was once awsome now just meehhh and it becomes more and more clear that apple actually sucks!

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And you will still waste your time on trolling. Looks like iFans aren't the only fools here

11. TerryTerius unregistered

But if he was able to get you and I to respond and that was his intention, that means that he was successful. So from that POV, time well spent. Trolling trolls is the web version of Inception.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Why PA? Now you will make a lot of people mad...

7. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

How can one colour look completely different from device to device? Almost hundred percent sure rose gold isn't ment to look like a bright pink, otherwise you'd see a lot of bright pink watches at the jewellers

8. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

The point is not whether other companies had it before Apple. The point is that now that Apple has it, MASSES will follow. I predict that even S7 will come out in rose gold (or as I like to call it... ugly pink) as one of their major colours, not limited to some markets only. That's the point. Apple is worldwide trendsetter.

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Switch, that makes absolutely no sense. Samsung had it on two different devices two years before the iPhone 6s ever existed... You're essentially saying if they were to release the s7 or note 6 with a color they've used in the past, they are somehow retroactively copying a company they beat to the punch. Which is impressive, because apparently Apple invented time travel, reverse accreditation and revisionist history. Normally I would somewhat agree with that statement that companies tend to copy Apple. But in this case, Apple has no claim to the color spectrum.

14. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

No, Terry. Read my statements carefully. I prefer Samsung to Apple.

19. TerryTerius unregistered

I did, you were saying that it's irrelevant who did it before Apple, because since Apple is doing it now other companies will follow suit and imitate their version/intent. Because Apple is a trendsetter. It is quite clear what you were saying. What I was saying to that, is that Samsung has already done it before. So if they would decide to reissue a color they've used in the past I don't see how that can be stated as following Apple's lead. Even if the desire to do so would be because they wouldn't want to let Apple have an advantage in color options.

29. chromoid

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 03, 2013

The truth is too much for you. And you are b***hurt about it. Samsung did a limited edition and if that was a success it would have continue. Now that apple did this everyone will do it and they will do it because apple is doing it. And this annoys you the most.

13. shady_maniac

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Apple copied the rose gold color from Lenovo Sisley S90, which was an iPhone 6 clone. Lol.

15. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Cartier did rose gold 40 years ago.

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

It's a color! It's not like rose was just invented yesterday!!! No one copied anyone here!

18. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I hate that apple chooses to only add one new colour every two years. I want to see blue navy on iPhone, when will it come!! iPhone 7S or 8S lol ...

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

I'm not surprised the most poplular color for the new iPhone is pink. I've always said it's for teenaged girls. It already had the barbie OS.

22. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Cool story bro. The ladyboys will be buying the Android version next year when the same shade is available.

23. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

How do you know, you guys talk about it a lot? I saw you in the tranny thread on the misc.

27. willard12 unregistered

Next year when the same shade is available. .......did you even get through the title?

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