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.

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There are 80 comments

Tallonjf says:

I love goooooooold!

MC_A_DOT says:

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

xlDeMoNiClx says:

The look of it, the taste of it, the smell of it.

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alexlam24 says:

Looks like a finger print magnet

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jmbburg26 says:

The C3PO phone. It should gpbto Verizon since they had the R2D2 phone.

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I thought of C3PO too.

Troothdotcom says:

Also

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Troothdotcom says:

Also

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Troothdotcom says:

Also

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FIDLAR says:

Also

Sent from the depths of Hell.

To the whole new level. Lol

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Eww, it actually is ugly. The aluminum One is much better looking.

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tx_tuff says:

Ugliest phone ever!

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

It's interesting to see how pure gold can make the prettiest device in the world look darn ugly.

afazel says:

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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It has a clear coat.

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mwara244 says:

Is it Solid gold shell or is it electroplated on another metal?

Evil Hamster says:

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.

mwara244 says:

Is it Solid gold shell or is it electroplated on another metal?

sublimaze says:

Which is obviously inadequate.

afazel says:

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?

Maybe 14K would have been better. It's a harder gold.

luniboy26 says:

For once a gold for I don't find absolutely repulsive. All hail C3PO!!

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BldyIdt says:

It's... shiny.

Why would you need a gold phone other than to show off and get robbed?

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moosc says:

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

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verpeiler089 says:

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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Bwahahahaha says:

That's why he called it a gold clone...

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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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helbertpina says:

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. ;)

xlDeMoNiClx says:

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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troyboytn says:

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.

MonkeyNews says:

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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zack370z says:

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

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jwlehman says:

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

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Mikey47 says:

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

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Would rather have platinum on my Note 2.

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Skiffle says:

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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Troneas says:

i'm sorry but its way too tacky. i wouldn't use one even if i could afford it. it screams paris hilton.

Vizualize says:

Are those scratches all over it or grease marks??

Yes

Someone please give me a Htc one!
(With no preference for any metal)

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antw081 says:

My precious

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Nev says:

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

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Evil Hamster says:

$4400 for gold plating? There is only about $.03 worth of gold on that phone. Looks nice but just a gimic.

MC_A_DOT says:

18 Carat gold equals $.03?

how?

He was probably exaggerating a bit...

mlsanders says:

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.

aapold says:

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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aapold says:

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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-IRON- says:

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

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Eclectech says:

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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Troneas says:

the problem with silver is that it is high maintenance due to its oxidation.

Andy Mei says:

what's the best case for this?

mirad77 says:

The reflection of this guy's finger on the first pic makes it looks like a dick. Lol.

sublimaze says:

Ummm...I think you need a break from the p0rn, dude.

Statusnone says:

That's what we call a baby penis where I'm from.

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TeknoBug says:

Somebody needs to get laid.

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!

3Dee says:

Ah, even more than your love for white phones???

MC_A_DOT says:

Tony Stark.....HTC

I see what you did there lol

wrightmd93 says:

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"... ;)

Deegan says:

Not sure I trust any company that is a fan of Mayweather...

ej1024 says:

I LOVE IT

drewsammie says:

That's gold, Jerry! Gold!

smooney3 says:

What, no benchmarks? No drop test? What kind of Android site is this?

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TeknoBug says:

LOL I see that I'm not the only one that thought of Austin Powers' Goldmember.

yankeesusa says:

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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barkomatic says:

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.

Dan DC says:

I just want to see what kind of douche buys this.

t3chn0s1s says:

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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Lekoq Grande says:

golds out rated give me a diamond phone!!

Berry_Pink says:

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

crxssi says:

So 4 grams of gold added almost $4000. What a great deal.

insert says:

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

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FIDLAR says:

Swag

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ulnek says:

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?

Clearly not Gorilla Gold!

Pirate Arr says:

Wow. I prefer its aluminum cover than the gold.

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