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

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One

Gold HTC One