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

April 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.