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What a Coincidence! Samsung Announces Gold Galaxy S4 Models

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Here we are, just after the two week mark from Apple announcing to the world that they would start producing a gold variant of their new iPhone, and apparently, gold fever has spread. Samsung has taken to their social media outlets in the United Arab Emirates to announce that they will have two new gold-colored Galaxy S4s coming to market sometime soon.

We know how excited you are to have one of these, but it is doubtful that these golden flagship devices will ever make it to the worldwide market. These will most likely be an exclusive to carriers in and around the UAE. We also doubt that this was mere coincidence, that Samsung just happened to have this color in the pipelines before leaks showed that the new iPhone would be featured with a gold casing. They say old habits die hard and Samsung feeling the need to copy Apple might be one of those habits that they just can’t get rid of too easily.

Via:  @SamsungMobileME

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  • Tyler Burns

    Yea well samsung has to compete with apple as best they can and gold is what everyone wants. I dont know which one I want yet. I found this NEW kickstarter project called JUICIES that has matching gold cables and cables that match all the new smartphones.

    Check them out at http://kck.st/17yfxcs

  • laudowicz

    I like the GOLD :-) It goes nicely with our premium JUICIES+ charging cables now on Kickstarter. Check out http://juici.es/ks to see them. They come in Black, Silver and Gold.

  • nowew owkelw

    OMG! Apple clearly owns the gold color. They spent millions researching and developing the gold color and through years of hard work brought it to your iphone! Now Samsung wants to just steal all Apple’s hard work and innovation! Apple must take Samsung to court and get an injunction barring any of Samsung’s golden goodies from entering America!

  • Guest

    Really everyone is just copying the Nokia gold brick phone lol

  • Guest

    Samsung is what makes android look bad. Just saying.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    A new low for Samesung. (coming from a Note 2 owner)

  • p0k3y

    gold plastic. just great! please bring on Nexus 5 already!

  • Vermin_Cain

    At this point I think they’re just trolling Apple… They can’t be that stupid, can they?

  • droidrazredge

    When I thought of Samsung making a Gold Galaxy Phone I instantly thought of Kwon Oh Hyun instantly becoming this!

  • Blue Sun

    Finally a smartphone for Goldmember!

  • Immolate

    What I’m reading here is: I’m bothered that Samsung would offer a choice of color that I don’t care for and, Samsung is stupid and unoriginal to offer options that I’m not interested in, like different sizes and price ranges of the same phone or tablet. My opinion is that if gold phones are selling like hotcakes, and you don’t offer a gold phone, that you’re leaving money on the table. Now maybe I’m just approaching this from a dispassionate business perspective, but when did choice become a bad thing? If too much choice is a burden to you, Apple is happy to make you happy.

  • Frettfreak

    honestly DL.. i thought you would be better than that. Samsung has released a gold plated version of EVERY MAJOR release that i can think of in that area of the world (its Dubai!) There is no way that samsung made this happen in a week, which means they have been working on it longer than that. You guys are just perpetuating the image that samsung and by relation, android, has to play catch up with Apple.

    • Adrynalyne

      Where are you finding this information?

      I googled for a gold Samsung GS3, and didn’t find any from Samsung.
      I googled for a gold Note II and didn’t find any from Samsung.
      I went to the english UAE version of Samsung.com and found no available gold colors.

      • frankie

        he probably meant the gold genie ones. anyway cant deny the fact samsung has made gold phones wayyy before apple did theirs

  • trixnkix637

    where can i get that wallpaper?

  • Luis Celis

    Does it come in gold? :P

  • RaptorOO7

    Who cares, its a color of a phone, Samsung simply offers what the consumers want. Nothing wrong, nothing new.

  • Intellectua1

    Guess what your WV Passat mimics and Audi, Kia probably stole some design features from BMW. Have you noticed most low end cars have design features of luxury cars?? Thing is nobody complains. So the Samsung copying Apple thing is stupid. Samsung sees something people may want and they produce it. It’s all about making money. Hell there’s several apps in the app store that borrow features from others.

  • vitriolix

    I’m no fan of Samsung’s design, but they’ve been selling gold phones forever:

    http://images.google.com/search?safe=off&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&ei=rARDUpXTH4GriAL_ioCwAQ&q=samsung+gold+phone&oq=samsung+gold+phone&gs_l=mobile-gws-hp.12…2693.2693.0.4203.2.1.0.1.1.0.0.0..0.0….0…1c.2.27.mobile-gws-hp..2.0.0.5dNJP-vCVm4

    • mrjayviper

      you have to agree the timing is very suspicious

  • reyalP

    I think I hate Samsung now more than Apple. Samsung is trying to turn android into Apple and they’re doing a piss poor job of it. At least come up with your own ideas or don’t be som blatant about copying.I want a quality phone not a cheap knockoff! Initiate the I hate Samsung bandwagon!

  • RichFromBX

    guess Samsung didn’t want their Persian customers converting to iPhones…

  • RCD

    Uh oh, prepare to be flamed by the iNerds… Thanks Samsung…

  • rukkus78

    yuck

  • Corey Foltman

    i feel like Samsung gives the rest of Android a bad rep.

    • Adrynalyne

      Indeed. If Apple hadn’t done this, neither would Samsung.

  • frankandsimple

    I still can’t believe how this Sham of a company is doing better than a quality handset maker like HTC..

    It only proves my theory that Android users hate apple sooo much that they are happy to give their business to anyone in the android world who has the cajones to attack apple head on.

    Too bad.. Scamsung can never even match HTC.. forget apple.

    • Jimmyjammer

      I agree. the htc one looks, and feels great. It also has an ips display, which I find better than amoled when it comes to power consumption,visibility and color accuracy.

      • frankandsimple

        You are right. Amoled Screens especially like the ones on Galaxy Nexus are worthy of being trashed in the waste basket. It is a slap to a consumer’s intelligence and taste. I’m just glad that HTC never really got on with Amoled screens. They are a bane to displays.

        • Hoff16

          Galaxy Nexus is actually a Super AMOLED. That is part of the reason that the battery is so terrible.

          • Diablo81588

            Uh, no. The gnex has terrible battery life because it has an inefficient processor, an external LTE chip and a small battery. In certain circumstances AMOLED displays actually have lower power consumption than LCDs, especially with dark images.

        • Diablo81588

          OLED displays are the future. Look how terrible LCD displays were when they first came out. They STILL can’t even produce a true black, and they became mainstream well over a decade ago.

          • Jimmyjammer

            The future is a bleak one then. I’ll take a not so black, over black splash, poor power efficiency, and color accuracy.

    • Adrynalyne

      It is because Samsung has better business sense. HTC is stumbling around in the dark.

      • jose

        Unfortunately, this is true. If HTC could get their head out of their asses and learn how to run a company, they’d be on top because let’s face it. The only reason Samsung is #1 is because they have a good marketing team.

        • reason

          “The only reason Samsung is #1 is because they have a good marketing team”

          Falsehood much?

          How about the fact that Samsung produced the first Android handset that was a true iPhone alternative (Galaxy S2) in terms of quality?

          Or the fact that they give consumers options?

          Or the fact that they update Android faster and more consistently than any other company? (Galaxy S2 still getting updates)

          Or the fact that their flagship phones have stellar battery life?

          Or the fact that their best displays are the cream of the crop?

          Sure marketing helped them grow, but Samsung’s products were and had to be the best in the first place to become a household name.

          • jose

            Fanboy much?

          • reason

            Hater much? See what I did there?

            Argue with facts, not lame ad hominems that refute nothing. There’s nothing false in what I said.

          • jose

            What facts? Everything you posted is opinion. Nothing more. “Stellar”. “Best”. “Quality”. “Faster”. “Consistently.” That is all subjective.

          • reason

            “Stellar” battery life is a result of objective METRICS based on tests by reviewers that show all of Samsung’s flagship phones have one of the longest battery lives. Are you going to argue that the word “longest” is also subjective?

            It’s an industry-wide known fact that Samsung, along with LG, makes the best displays.

            Quality of the phone I agree is subjective, but is a benchmark laid down by the iPhone whether we like it or not, and reviewers all agreed the S2 lived up to that.

            “Consistently” again is an objective fact. Do you believe measuring time is a subjective matter?

            Go back to school and learn the difference between “objective” and “subjective”.

          • RebelwithoutaClue

            I must see I agree on reason here. And not everything is opinion. The S2 was one of the first good alternatives to the iphone, they do have good updates and consumer options and their battery life and screen are top of the bill.
            It’s not just marketing that a lot of android sites proclaimed the S2, S3 and even sometimes the S4 as one of the best android handsets out there.

      • Stewie

        Too true, let’s not forget RIM … oh wait, we have forgotten RIM … :)

    • aQuickBit

      And HTC’s colors for their Ones are absolutely beautiful whereas this gold looks hideous.

    • Mordecaidrake

      It’s because HTC isn’t that great of a device. I’ve had several and everyone has left a bad taste in my mouth. I just got my first Samsung phone and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty awesome. While I hate their copying of Apple and they’re awful attempt to offer their own google services(books, movies, app store, ect) the phone works amazingly.

    • S2556

      They make good phones. Maybe that is why they sell so many? Don’t get me wrong marketing is a big reason as well but look at the gs3 when it came out, nothing could touch it. (including the HTC one x IMO) HTC one is a great phone but they use a worse button arrangement than Samsung. I’m sure almost 100% of ppl buying Samsung phones did not do it because Samsung fought apple in court. The only thing Samsung is getting beat at is build quality, and that is rumored to change in 2014. I’m not sure what they did to cause your blind hatred but they are far from a “sham of a company”

    • Eric

      Simple.

      HTC never cared about the customer. They released half baked products with piss-poor battery life and a clunky UI that never got updated.

      This illusion some people have that HTC makes better products than Samsung is just that, an illusion.

      It was an illusion started by Apple apologists who couldn’t stand Samsung beating Apple and had to manufacture an artificial “competitor”.

      Ever heard of the saying “The enemy of my enemy is my friend?”

      • frankandsimple

        There is nothing piss poor about HTC One.. neither is it bloated or clunky. On the contrary touchwiz looks like it was designed by Fisher Price.

        • Eric

          The One is the only device of late that is mildly decent from HTC. But that was too little too late after a long history of screwing the consumers with crappy products. Did you forget how much Sense WAS bloated and clunky.

          • Jimmyjammer

            Why aren’t you complaining about how much bloated touchwiz is? Hell the thing needs 3GB of ram to work properly.

            But of course it’s all a lie to diminish samsung in the eyes of the people.

          • ExponentBox

            When did “offering” 3GB of RAM just to up the specs turn into “needing” 3GB of RAM to “work properly”? Should they not have offered it?

            Touchwiz is bloated, but if it works properly, what’s the problem? You might see some light stuttering occasionally, but overall the experience is fluid and unobtrusive. The reason why HTC failed is because their bloated UI actually got in the way of user experience.

        • Eric

          I’m just answering your question as to why Samsung is doing better than HTC, not whether the One is a good or bad phone. It is a good phone. Better than the S4? Not really, but neither is the S4 better than the One. Both phones are great.

          But you have to admit that before the One, nearly all of HTC’s products were a step down from Samsung’s. That’s the only point I’m making here, explaining why HTC is not really a “quality handset maker” and Samsung is not a “sham”.

          It was ridiculous seeing so many Apple centric sites trying to artificially inflate HTC products above Samsung’s in order to try to knock them down a peg.

      • Jimmyjammer

        “illusions”Similar to the one you just concocted?

        The htc one trashed the s4 in battery tests. Not to mention the sluggish mess touchwiz has become. Don’t forget the benchmark boosting debacle.

        • ExponentBox

          Please do a simple google search to see that the S4 had better battery life than the One. That’s a fact.

          Touchwiz has become more bloated now than in the past, but e’re not talking about now, we’re talking about history. We’re talking about why Samsung has become more successful than HTC, and that’s because Touchwiz was leaner and better than Sense.

          Benchmark boosting “debacle”? You mean what every tech company has been doing since the advent of benchmarks?

  • Jimmyjammer

    On Second thought. It might not look so horrible once the gold has wear off. An all black S4.

  • Jimmyjammer

    That is pretty gross looking. How in the hell does sammy think this is a good idea?

    A fake plastic gold band around a phone doesn’t look elegant. Now this is Gaudy gold.

  • Ian

    Exclusive to the UAE royal family :)

  • hgomes30

    I’m not a fan of that…feels like Samsung takes a step forward then this happens, and it’s a couple steps back. That’s why I’ll always have a nexus…on it’s own level…with no need to compete.

  • John C. Smith

    My thing with this.

    Everyone wants to point fingers at copying others and stealing their ideas. NO. If it sells, do it. People want gold, so Samsung will give them gold. It has nothing to do (directly) with Apple.

    • Adrynalyne

      I don’t think people want gold as much as you think they do. There hasn’t been a sudden influx of gold phones on the market until the last couple of months. Apple rumors to have one, and here comes Samsung coloring their future android flip phone. Then this after Apple confirms and readies to release the gold 5s and here comes the bling S4.

      Samsung is just trying to cash in on the market because Apple is doing it, neither of them know if it will succeed. This is NOT what I consider innovation and honestly it irritates me because we as the consumers lose out when they pull this crap.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    *yawn*

  • john

    And you wonder why Apple sues Samsung. I have a GS3 and love it but sometimes samsung just does too much to annoy people. Why all these tablet sizes? why look like Apple? Why even come out with a gold version? Leave it the way it is man. Move on to your new GS5 with finger scan, and maybe a whole new touchwiz UI.

    • KleenDroid

      I don’t think a gold phone is a good examole of why Apple sued Samsung.

      It’s a color….

      Don’t forget that Samsung produces the processors that are in the new Iphones. They work together just fine.

      • frankandsimple

        Produced by Samsung, Designed by Apple.

      • Adrynalyne

        I don’t think it is a reason they would sue (nor can they), but I believe Samsung did it because of Apple.

        • KleenDroid

          Obviously. .. but I don’t think it’s worth thinking about.

      • john

        wow, didn’t know that. So why are they always barking at each other?

  • viewthis66

    This is just getting silly now…

  • New_Guy

    I really wish they hadn’t done that…

  • http://www.unappreciatedscholars.com/ Steven Shreve

    Who honestly thinks that this, or the gold iPhone, looks good? They are, without a doubt, the most ridiculous and hideous phones I’ve ever seen. Especially this gold with a pink front model.

    • flosserelli

      Apple & iphone are all about image & snootiness, so I wasn’t surprised by the gold iphone 5s. But this…this is just absurd, and an obvious “me too” cry for attention.

    • Detonation

      People gotta have their bling in whatever form they can get it in.

    • KleenDroid

      It looks just fine for the 10 minutes it takes till I get a case on it.

    • zurginator

      Well looks are subjective.

      I don’t particularly like the iPhone 5/5s design to begin with, but I don’t find the gold one any more offensive than the others. It’s not the gaudy high-gloss kind, but more of a subtle matte.

    • Jimmyjammer

      The gold iphone looks great, largely in part because it’s not in your face gold, and more like a soft champagne. These to devices shouldn’t be lumped together.

  • Butters619

    Doesn’t enforce racial stereotypes at all…

  • Eric

    Nothing screams high quality more than gold colored plastic.

  • EC8CH

    Gold Glove Face Plam Award winner of 2013…

    SAMSUNG!

    • Intellectua1

      You mean Palm.. The only Face Plam Award we’re giving out in 2013 is to you sir.. Enjoy it..

      • EC8CH

        this is so unexpected…

        I’d like to thank all those grammer Nazi’s out their on the internet, I couldn’t have done this without you.

        And Mr. Hanson, my 7th grade typing teacher… WE DID IT!

  • James Hill

    Wish I was an artist, so I could make a an Galaxy S5s mock up right now.

  • Maxim∑

    plastic gold.

    • Jimmyjammer

      I read that it’s actual gold(someone confirm if possible). Not that it changes anything about it looking horrible.

  • Traveler21

    oh Samsung….

  • MikeCiggy

    The ads that scroll over the pictures on DL are starting to get annoying. I understand you guys need to make money with ads. But aren’t the banner ads enough?

    • WalkerNA

      AdBlock will take care of that issue for you

      • MikeCiggy

        I use AdBlock. But I have it turned off for DL because I support them and want to keep them around. I would just like obtrusive ad’s, like the ones that cover images I’m trying to look at be removed.

        • NexusPhan

          Same here. But man is it frustrating sometimes.

        • zurginator

          See I did the same. Then the ads got so bad that they destroyed the site. Slowed me down considerably, adds scrolling everywhere, and that one add which moves the page to its location. Now they get no revenue from me.

          I have no problem with ads – until they’re intrusive enough to destroy the site.

      • Ian

        Plus AdBlock likes to block Tim-o-tato’s posts for some reason. Therefore it is off.

        • Sirx

          Ha! I see what you did there (?)

    • anezarati

      it really sucks on mobile devices/tablets where i cant use adblock. then you have to zoom so far in on the little x to make sure you hit that and not the picture or the ad.

    • Frettfreak

      TOTALLY 10000000% AGREE!!!

    • Ryan

      I’ve said this so many times… a bit ridiculous; I agree.

  • Turb0wned

    This is why I started to hate Samsung and got away from them. They act to much like Apple now. Oh, that and ugly touchwiz.

    • MikeCiggy

      I wouldn’t say they ACT like Apple. They may take ideas, but their core business strategy is definitely far from Apple’s “This is what you get, take it or leave it” attitude.

      • Butters619

        I don’t know. I would say the act a lot like Apple. The SGS3 -> SGS4 was about as monumental of a move as the 5 -> 5S. And Samsung glossy plastic is one of the biggest complaints about their phones, yet they keep pushing out glossy plastic phones because, well, “This is what you get, take it or leave it.”

        • MikeCiggy

          Take note of the Note 3 back side. No pun intended.

          • Butters619

            They do offer far more devices. I’ll give you that.

          • MikeCiggy

            Yea, I feel like that alone distances them from the Apple strategy. The offer lots of options. They use Apple’s mind-set for some things. Such as the hardware button layout .Although I feel like they do that to keep themselves different from other Android devices.

        • Kristine

          Interestingly enough Apple took Samsungs idea and came out with their version of a plastic phone… lol

          • Jkdem85

            I really hate to admit it but apple is not copying samsung at all.

        • T4rd

          I agree. Also, they charge Apple-like prices for their accessories. $100 for a HDMI/USB dock..? No thanks.

          • Jkdem85

            $60 for a S-View case is insane as well

        • schoat333

          I keep seeing this comparison, but it so false. The s3 and s4 look physically different, and actually have different screen sizes and hardware. the 5 and 5s are literally exactly the same on the outside.

          Sure, Samsung is copying apple in a lot of ways, but at least the s4 is actually worth upgrading to from the s3.

        • Ian

          People will always complain about something, there is no perfect device. Think of it this way, out of all the complaints people could be making, the plastic has to be the most trivial. If they changed the plastic to something else either people would hate the new material or move on to nitpick something else.

          Oh and the S3 -> S4 is a vast differentiation when looking at the 5 -> 5S.

    • KleenDroid

      I’m surprised that color of a phone would cause so much anger.

      I think that if people are showing so much interest in gold phones. … Give em gold phones.

      Do you really care that much?

      • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

        I think people care because it gives ammunition to Apple folks that Samsung is a big copy-cat, which Android folks have been defending. There is really no way to defend Samsung on this one. Why anyone needs to defend anyone, well, that’s another topic altogether…

  • Cael

    Ugly…

  • frankie

    samsung made a golden flip phone just months ago

    • Bionicman

      yea its really weird how people question samsung when they have been making phones far longer than apple including gold phones.

      • Ruuddddd

        So then Samsung should stop following Apples lead. Because they (Samsung) is really looking like they are just copying Apple.

  • MichaelFranz

    thank god this isnt in the US

  • DroidDaddyo

    Yeah and there will be a flood of new fingerprint scanning phones coming too… However, there isn’t much room left on the front of android phones. It might fit on windows phones. I think the ideal placement is on a mechanical home button rather than on the back.

    • a3uge

      People complain about a 3/4 inch bezel on the Nexus lines – Android devices will want to fit as much screen in the phone as possible. The iPhone has made a design decision that will always include a bigger bottom bezel whereas Android devices will try to fit as much screen as possible.

      Eventually the fingerprint scanners will be integrated with the screen somehow, or by that time retina scanning will be included on the phone with good accuracy. For now iPhone will be happy with their home button and Samsung will probably do something like Apple and put it on their bottom physical button while other companies will try to put it on the back or side.

  • T4rd

    Ugh… this is bad.

    • New_Guy

      Yeah, I’m usually a Samsung apologist, but I can admit when things are bad and this is just completely dumb.

    • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ Stynkfysh

      Well, this tells us one thing. A fingerprint scanner is coming to Samsung devices near you!