Last Friday the iPhone 5S went on sale, flaunting a 64-bit processor and a new champagne (gold) color. Craving that shiny gold look on a flagship Android device? Samsung has your back, as the SamsungMobileArabia account has now taken to Twitter to introduce the Gold Edition Samsung Galaxy S4.
Unlike the iPhone 5S, Samsung actually has two different gold models in the works: Gold Pink and Gold Brown. We imagine that these handsets are simply rocking gold colored plastic, but that doesn’t make them any less attractive.
When can we expect the new Gold Edition handsets? That’s a good question. Right now, no pricing or launch details have been released.
Unlike the iPhone 5S, Samsung actually has two different gold models in the works: Gold Pink and Gold Brown.
It’s also worth mentioning that only Samsung’s United Arab Emirates accounts are currently advertising the device, so it’s hard to say whether or not these gold-colored handsets will eventually be launched internationally.
As to be expected, we are already hearing cries about how Samsung is merely copying Apple.
Let’s face it, these cries are probably at least half-right. That said, it is important to remember that it generally takes time to create a new handset and to market get it ready for the market (even if it’s based on existing hardware), so it seems very unlikely that these new colors were thrown together after the iPhone 5S announcement.
That means Samsung’s Gold Edition handsets likely were simply inspired by earlier rumors that suggested Apple was considering a gold edition of the iPhone 5S.
Is that really a bad thing? Depends on who you ask. In the mobile business, handsets often find design inspiration by watching out for what its competition is doing. In this case, Samsung at least showed a little creativity by mixing gold sides and a gold backplate with a pink or brown front.
Will this anger the hell out of Apple fans and Apple’s lawyers? Probably so.
What do you think of the new Gold Edition Samsung Galaxy S4 models, do you hope to see these Gold-colored handsets released in a region near you? Conversely, do you feel this is nothing more than a shameless attempt to copy of Apple’s new Champagne look for the iPhone 5S?