HTC sends TMo CEO gold One (M8); Samsung copies act w/ gold Galaxy S5

by: Alvin YbañezApril 14, 2014


In a bid to steal the limelight late last week as T-Mobile released the two company’s flagship Android phones on the same day, both HTC and Samsung sent precious gifts to the carrier’s chief exec — golden versions of the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5.

Throughout launch day, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was (re)tweeting some promotional stuff about the Galaxy S5. Then, some time during the day, appeared Legere’s post about the 24-karat gold-plated HTC One (M8) — not just the mere Amber Gold variant. The CEO apparently got it as a gift from HTC USA and even posted a photo of it on Twitter.


Based on the picture Legere posted on Twitter, the golden One M8 looked like the special gold edition of the HTC One M7 with its 18-karat gold casing, which was made for the 18th MOBO music awards in October last year.

Samsung thought that it could outshine HTC’s glitter, so the Korean company also gifted the CEO with a golden version of the Galaxy S5 a few hours later. Legere also posted about it on Twitter, including a photo of him holding up his new golden toy.


Legere gave no hint about the build quality of the gold Galaxy S5, but based on his Twitter photo, the gold back cover is incredibly bright and shiny.

The T-Mobile CEO, however, will not be the sole owner of a gold-plated HTC One (M8) because the phone variant will be sold in the Middle East.

Samsung, on the other hand, has yet disclose whether the gold Galaxy S5 will be sold to the public. Although, 24-karat gold-plated versions of its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, was sold to the public, courtesy of GoldGenie, so it is safe to believe in the likelihood of the Galaxy S5’s following suit.

Despite having golden exteriors, the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5 will bear the same internals as their original variants.

Read our reviews about the HTC One M8 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 and get to know more about these devices.

  • tomake cudi

    lol! the war between samsung and HTC is going more hottter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jesus

      This ‘war’ you’re talking about… only exist on the internet. In the real world, the winner is clear.

      • Michael Stair

        Yea we all won cause we got two great phones out of this….3 if you include the Z2 as well.

        • Jesus

          Trying to put a positive spin on my narcissism, but yes… You’re right! =D

          …but I was talking about which company is the clear winner. That is… well must I say it?

          • Michael Stair

            We all know galaxy s5 will win in sales cause it’s like iPhone so commercialized the name sells it itself lol. But I’ll stick to the htc one with sense 6. Fast and smooth and beautiful hardware wise and software wise.

          • Jesus

            …um… k that was random, but alright.

            For me I’ll stick with my Nexus 5. Has slightly less features than your One, not waterproof like your’s… but just as good, and half the price.

  • StraightEdgeNexus

    This is not 24k gold or not even gold plated. Its just the copper gold aka band aid S5. Samsung is making fun of themselves.

  • communicationbreakdown92

    How about giving us the option of the amber gold on T-Mobile and not just the gun metal?!?! I mean what the hell all the other carriers get at least 2 color options but T-Mobile has just one?? That’s shitty of you Legere, T-Mobile, and HTC.

  • HitokiriX

    Yes… Samsung copied and made a gold S5 on the same exact day….

    • WestFiasco

      No…they copied what HTC did and sent one also.

      • HitokiriX

        Both phones were received on the same day. There’s not way they made gold phone and sent it to him on the same day as HTC. Both tweets were sent on on 11 Apr.

        • WestFiasco

          As far as i know, no one said they made it on the same day. “the Korean company also gifted the CEO with a golden version of the Galaxy S5 a few hours later”. If the phones arrived at the same time i would say coincidence but the fact is, it was public knowledge that HTC sent a gold phone and hours later samsung did the same. No one’s saying they made the phone the same day, we’re saying Samsung saw what HTC sent and copied it by sending their own version. It all looks very unoriginal, you’re saying there’s no way samsung had gold versions of the S5 on hand for whatever reason and i don’t see how you think that’s plausible. All that comes to mind is the legal trouble with Samsung and Apple, it’s like proof of a sordid past.

  • Niel Loremas

    S5 is the best

    • [S]unjay Burn[s] Red

      Not even close.

  • Larry Whorley

    I usually get my phones online thru TMobile but since I traded in my M7, I went to a local store to pick up my M8. I was really pissed when I walked into the store; everything was S5 promo crap. HTC had one small poster over where the demo was going up that same day.

    Really, really pissed me off.