Gold HTC One

18 carat handset manhandled in London

At an event in London today, we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated version of the HTC One — one of a very small number in existence. Produced in conjunction with Goldgenie to celebrate the 18th MOBO music awards, one of five final gold models will be given to the the MOBO winner for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. Not that you'll be able to buy one, but the real gold HTC One is valued at £2,750 — a little over $4,400.

The unit we handled was already scuffed up pretty good — perhaps a demonstration of why aluminum and plastic, rather than more precious and less durable metals, are used in smartphone chassis construction. HTC says the guilded shell adds four grams in weight to the handset.

We've got hands-on video and more photos after the break.

Gold HTC One

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Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

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" you are gold, always believe in your soooooooooooooooooooooouuuuulll, you have the power to know, you're indestructibllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllee, ALWAYS BELIEVE IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN"

Needs a protective coat of some sort to protect from scratches and dents.

This is the ultimate example of a phone that needs a case, but is too awesome to put a case on.

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First sentence:

"we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated"

Yes, that means there is only $.03 worth of gold there.

But what protects the clear coat? I propose a very thin layer of diamond around the whole phone.

Which reminds me: how is the reception on this golden thing?

Who nows but ask Apple. There gold clone is selling like hot cakes. Guess gold is sign of power.

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Uh, the iPhone 5s is gold coloured, this one is with real gold.

But a real golden iPhone is available by some finishers quite some time.

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Or recklessness... If you're going to have a precious metal get silver - might last longer. Having said that, you still would likely be an instant target for all magpies and thieves in the neighborhood!

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People who can actually afford a gold phone don't ride the train like us mortals AND they probably have bodyguards to boot... I guess being robbed is not a concern. ;)

Bodyguards aren't invincible. ;) Hell, most of them aren't even tough, they're just steroid muscle. Like club bouncers.

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If someone has bodyguards then they clearly do have concerns about security and being robbed or assaulted... Besides it's true - bodyguards are not invincible. People still can get robbed whether they have bodyguards or not.

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Ewo words to describe this phone......fugly and gaudy. I'm an Android fanboy to the core but even I will admit that at least the gold iphone5 is tasteful, unlike this atrocious piece of crap.

5 were made. It's not as if this is going into mass production, it's clearly a promotional item. An expensive one at that.

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The proper way to say it would be 18 karats, carats are used to describe gemstones... :o

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Not true. It is used for gold to indicate purity and in diamonds it specifies weight.

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Yep, you can use karat where you mean carat, but you can't use carat where you mean karat.

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Super pimp phone! Cartel pre-orders are flooding in! But seriously, if you want to look like a douchebag this is your phone!

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May I present to you, the very sexual, the very toite, Aushtin Power's fahzah.

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Not by much though... by my calculations it would be $137.48 worth of gold. 18 karat is 75% of pure gold. And according to the article the gold plating added appx 4 grams to the weight (.141 ounces). Gold is roughly $1300/ounce 1300*.75*.141 = 137.48. So if the phone is say $600+137 for the gold there's about $3600 just to say you have a gold phone.

They didn't say the gold weighed 4oz. They said it increased the weight by 4 oz. So the gold version weighs 4oz more than the aluminum version. You need to add 4 oz to the weight of the aluminum it replaced.

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They didn't say the gold weighed 4oz. They said it increased the weight by 4 oz. So the gold version weighs 4oz more than the aluminum version. You need to add 4 oz to the weight of the aluminum it replaced.

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Grams not ounces. And the shell is made of aluminum does not have an aluminum coating. It may be anodized

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Gold, I've never been fond of, but if they were to offer one made of real silver, I might have to break out my credit card.

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They need to put a little Hot Rod red on that bad boy, then it would be an Iron Man phone. Could totally see Tony Stark rocking that bad boy. I love GOLLLLD!

The word you're looking for is "gilded". Although it's possible that the people who applied the gold coating are guild members and thus might be called "guilded"... ;)

That is horrible. I'd take a titanium htc one instead. Or the material the htc one s was made from. My wife has it and I love that little phone. It just feels sturdy.

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Um, how does gold *plating* justify a price hike to $4,400?? It cost less than a dollar to add the plating. silly.

Solid gold would be another matter.

Its absolutely gorgeous. No way I'd pay $4400 for a smartphone I might keep at most 6 months. But the gold does look exquisite!

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to be fair even though it looks vile in gold (i think a matte or glittery gold rather than a glossy/shiny one would have looked better) for saying how scuffed up it is its not as noticeable or annoying as the very obvious scratches of some other phones, i bet those scuffs could be buffed off easily too

heard from gizchina that lenovo is in talks to buy out HTC to expand its phones internationally

Ugh I don't know if this is possible but that gold needs a matte treatment. So freaking glossy.

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what's with all the gold phones? unless you're a teenage girl who loves bedazzling or a stereotypical pimp, who would be caught using something like that?