Samsung has a golden Galaxy S4, but it's no copy of Apple's champagne iPhone 5s

Summary:Samsung has been accused of slavishly copying Apple, but the golden Galaxy S4 predates Apple's own gilded device.

Samsung is promoting a 'Gold Edition' Galaxy S4 with, as the name suggests, a golden backplate.

The company posted a picture of the device on its SamsungMobileArabia Twitter account yesterday, which some have pointed out is a fortnight after Apple launched its champagne coloured iPhone 5s — perhaps suggesting Samsung has a "me too" device on its hands. 

The Gold Edition Samsung Galaxy S4
Image: Samsung

But Samsung's golden Galaxy S4 is not a response to Apple's iPhone. Samsung launched the Gold Edition in the United Arab Emirates on 27 August, a Samsung spokesperson told ZDNet.

The device was developed especially for well-heeled consumers in Middle Eastern market, who can also buy a golden BlackBerry Q10 for 3,439.00 AED ($932). 

According to the spokesperson, Samsung has launched the Gold Edition in other other countries and will continue to expand its availability in the region.

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Liam Tung is an Australian business technology journalist living a few too many Swedish miles north of Stockholm for his liking. He gained a bachelors degree in economics and arts (cultural studies) at Sydney's Macquarie University, but hacked (without Norse or malicious code for that matter) his way into a career as an enterprise tech, s... Full Bio

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