Apr 12 AT 10:37 AM Alex Wagner 7 Comments

Gold HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S5 flaunted by T-Mobile CEO John Legere

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Apparently when you’re the CEO of a major wireless carrier, device makers love to give you gold phones.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere took to Twitter yesterday to show off a 24kt gold-plated HTC One (M8) that he’d received from HTC. The unit looks similar to the gold One (M7) that HTC made in limited quantities last year.

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Not wanting to be outdone by HTC, Samsung later tried to one-up its competitor by giving Legere a gold Galaxy S5. Details on the device are pretty limited, but we can see in the photo that it’s awfully shiny, just like you’d expect a gold phone to be.

HTC never actually offered its gold-plated One (M7) to the public, and I wouldn’t be surprised if neither of these new golden handsets end up being sold to consumers either. The gold One (M7) was given away as part of a sweepstakes, though, so here’s to hoping that we see something similar from HTC or Samsung with the One (M8) and Galaxy S5. And hey, even if we don’t, at least we can live vicariously through Legere and his photos.

Which gold phone do you prefer? The HTC One (M8) or Samsung Galaxy S5?

Sources: @JohnLegere (1), (2)

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  1. Just plain tacky. That’s a ‘certain’ kind of rich.

  2. GuestGuest 1 year ago

    Does the general public really care what Legere gets for free? It just seems to rub it in to a potential cobsumers face that I’m showing off something you can’t have. I don’t know what is it but Legeres appearance always freaks me

  3. Platinum HTC OneGuest 1 year ago

    thats horrendous

  4. Actually, HTC is going to be producing a gold plated and “real gold” HTC for markets in the Middle East.

    http://htcsource.com/2014/04/gold-plated-htc-one-m8-heading-to-the-middle-east/