18K gold HTC One hands-on (Video)

“Gold phone” is something of a misnomer these days, the term appended to champagne- and rose-colored variants of devices like the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S 4, though no actual gold is used in their construction. Until recently, the only true “gold” smartphones to be found were a few ultra-high end Vertu handsets destined for the pockets of the super-rich.

HTC’s newest variant of the One, plated in 18-karat gold protected by a nonscratch clear-coat, isn’t a groundbreaking reinvention of the “gold” phone paradigm; valued at $4000 and limited to a production run of just five units, it’s much more an appeal to publicity than a mainstream consumer product. But anytime a guy walks into a room with a Pelican case protected by two locks and a beefy security dude, you just can’t help but want to peek inside.

Fortunately, our hands-on video is here to help you do just that. Granted, it’s more of an eyes-on, and the reflective gold plating in the dim demo room played havoc with our auto-focus, but even given those conditions, we think you’ll enjoy a look at the most authentic “golden phone” we’ve seen to date.

Stay tuned for more out of HTC Frequencies in London in the days ahead.

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Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA. Read more about Michael Fisher!