Gold smartphones options just got broader: meet the HTC One

Gold smartphones options just got broader: meet the HTC OnePhone manufacturer HTC began selling Friday its latest smartphone, a gold-plated HTC One (M8) model, across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, testing this way the market for a “real gold” version of the device.

Other than the aesthetic changes, the phone’s specifications appear to the same as the regular phone. However, the gold version will include a couple of new functionalities and according to HTC EMEA President, Phil Blair, “it will be very expensive.”

The pure gold model is expected by the end of April or early next month, and while no official price was given (it never is), it was disclosed that the Middle East market would have “global exclusivity” to the gold model for the first few weeks after the launch.

The HTC One M8 features a full metal body and number of innovations including dual rear facing camera for capturing the depth of the image and a 5MP front-facing camera as well as introducing a new version of its Android UI, Sense 6.

The M8 is the first phone to support 128GB SD card. The current phones in the market support cards of up to 64GB.