Remember just a few short years ago, when golden smartphones were the epitome of cheese? Perceptions sure have shifted, and now we’re seeing gold options become regular offerings from top-tier manufacturers. There are also two distinct camps we’re talking about when discussing gold smartphones: those that are gold in the sense that they’re gold the color, and those that are gold in the sense that they’re actually made from the precious metal. With the new HTC One M8, we get it both ways, either as a the “amber gold” color option, or as a 24-karat gold plated edition. While you probably won’t spot too many users carrying around the latter, Mr. T-Mobile himself has just scored one of these 24kt One M8s, and he’s been showing the eye-catching phone off to his Twitter followers.
We heard a little earlier this month that commercial sales of the 24kt One M8 would be restricted to the Middle East. That may well be, but HTC USA still wanted to thank T-Mobile CEO John Legere for his help bringing the One M8 to the carrier, and set him up with one of these real gold editions.
This also marks the first time we’ve had a chance to see this 24kt gold M8 in the flesh, and at least from what we can observe here, it appears to have a much smoother, more polished finish than the amber gold M8. Really, considering the material we’re working with here, we’d expect nothing less.
OK, so who’s a little bit jealous?