3 Best Gold Colored Smartphones in 2020

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Winner
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 512GB, Gold - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
Best Price
Samsung Galaxy S9, 64GB, Sunrise Gold - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
Sony Xperia X unlocked smartphone,32GB Rose Gold (US Warranty)
Model
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Galaxy S9
Xperia X
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent June 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good June 2020
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
Apple
Samsung
Sony
Display Diagonal Size
6.5 inch
5.8 inch
5.0 inch
Storage
512 GB
64 GB
32 GB
Battery Capacity
3969 mAh
3,000 mAh
2620 mAh
RAM
4 GB
4 GB
3 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
17.92 oz
12 oz
5.40 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Triple camera with 3 focal lengths and top image quality
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Bright OLED, great display
  • Good camera with super slow motion
  • Best Price
  • Powerful stereo loudspeakers
  • Noble metal Design
  • Very good display
  • Top performance despite Hexa-Core
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Dual-SIM only when no memory card is used
  • Without optical image stabilizer and 4K
Winner
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, 512GB, Gold - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
Model
iPhone 11 Pro Max
Test Result
Test Result 9.7/10 Excellent June 2020
Manufacturer
Apple
Display Diagonal Size
6.5 inch
Storage
512 GB
Battery Capacity
3969 mAh
RAM
4 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
17.92 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Triple camera with 3 focal lengths and top image quality
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Bright OLED, great display
Cons
  • Expensive
Best Price
Samsung Galaxy S9, 64GB, Sunrise Gold - Fully Unlocked (Renewed)
Model
Galaxy S9
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
Samsung
Display Diagonal Size
5.8 inch
Storage
64 GB
Battery Capacity
3,000 mAh
RAM
4 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
12 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Good camera with super slow motion
  • Best Price
  • Powerful stereo loudspeakers
Cons
  • Dual-SIM only when no memory card is used
Sony Xperia X unlocked smartphone,32GB Rose Gold (US Warranty)
Model
Xperia X
Test Result
Test Result 9.2/10 Very Good June 2020
Manufacturer
Sony
Display Diagonal Size
5.0 inch
Storage
32 GB
Battery Capacity
2620 mAh
RAM
3 GB
Performance of Smartphone
Value for money
Weight
5.40 oz
Water Resistant?
Pros
  • Noble metal Design
  • Very good display
  • Top performance despite Hexa-Core
Cons
  • Without optical image stabilizer and 4K

We tested and selected the Best Gold colored Smartphones in terms of Design, Performance, Price and Display Quality. Above you can see the Ranking and below you will find out more about gold colored Phones and each Smartphone in the ranking.

The smartphone in gold immediately catches the eye with its shimmering surface. It’s not everyone’s taste. But those who like it exclusive will like it. It must not only be technically sophisticated, but also stylish and exclusive on the ear.

The gold smartphone has been experiencing increased demand for a few years now. Meanwhile, there is no longer only the Smartphone in gold, but also in numerous modified tones. These include the pink pink Smartphone, also known as rose gold.

Can a gold Smartphone do more than a mobile phone in black or another colour? Below you will find more info about gold colored Smartphones and the in-depth tests of each Golden Smartphone.

Guide: Gold Colored Smartphone

A golden smartphone looks especially noble on the ear. But what use is the most beautiful gold mobile phone if it has less good features? Test report summaries show that the range of products offered by manufacturers has increased steadily, especially for the smartphone in gold.

Not only have the colours become more qualitative and durable, but also the technology inside. Meanwhile, there are devices that are particularly light and weigh only 5.3 oz. Even in this smallest space, large displays, powerful processors and other technical refinements are hidden away.

  • The iPhone 11 Pro Max, for example, is also available as a Gold Smartphone with a memory of 512 GB.
  • Those who like a bit smaller can, for example, reach for the Samsung Galaxy S9 with 64 GB memory. This model is also available as Gold Smartphone with WLAN, UMTS, EDGE and other technical details.
  • The light Xperia X, for example, also has a gold casing. It weighs only 5.0 oz and has 32 GB memory.

With the help of a price comparison, the manufacturers’ offers can be compared with each other in terms of size, weight and technical equipment at the click of a mouse.

Advantages of a Golden Smartphone

  • The shade is available in various shades – so you can choose between warm and cool gold tones.
  • In high-quality models, the material is properly coated, which makes the colour last longer.
  • With a transparent mobile phone cover, the case is optimally protected and you can enjoy the paint even longer.

Disadvantages of a Golden Smartphone

  • White and black are still the standard colours for smartphones. Therefore the choice is limited.

Price Performance

Should it be the smartphone in the or rather in a warm golden tone? The selection of models and new products online is particularly large. If you want to buy gold Smartphones, you should first have a look at the shops like Amazon.

A comparison of golden smartphones in such shops is particularly easy with a click of the mouse. In this way, the winners of the Gold colored Smartphone Ranking can be bought online at a relatively low price.

Ranking First: Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

gold iphone 11 pro max review

Pros

  • Triple camera with 3 focal lengths and top image quality
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Bright OLED, great display

Cons

  • Expensive

From Apple’s point of view, the year 2019 has brought a threatening realization: iPhones are losing traction. The third quarter – traditionally one of the weakest because many are waiting for the new models instead of buying the old ones – was the third consecutive quarter of decline.

The reasons for this are complex. The US-Chinese trade conflict is causing the Chinese to buy fewer iPhones. The good model maintenance and the high technical level mean that sold iPhones are used longer.

Another reason, however, is probably the camera equipment, which is not as attractive as it was a few years ago compared to the highenders from the Android warehouse.

The iPhone, formerly a guarantor for the best Gold Colored smartphone camera, suddenly finds itself without night mode and ultra wide angle lens only in the midfield, which can’t be good in the long run in view of the high prices.

But the new generation in the form of the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max takes a huge step forward in this respect.

Design

gold iphone 11 pro max test

You can recognise the 11s not only by the square glass element on the back, which houses the new triple optic. The matt surface of the glass back, which is reminiscent of frosted glass and has a velvety feel, is also striking. The new look is pleasing and also has practical advantages:

The iPhone 11 Pro is more slip-resistant and less prone to fingerprints. We also liked the new colour “Midnight Green”, which drifts into dark grey depending on the light situation. The polished stainless steel frame is lacquered in the respective case color, which provides for a closed, harmonious overall impression.

Of course, IP68 certification is again included. All in all, you are holding a very noble piece of technology in your hand that feels as if it is all of a piece.

Apple just deserves criticism for the display edges, which are relatively wide at three millimeters. In return, the usual high level of quality is offered, the vivid colors and good contrasts make sure that watching movies is fun, which the strong sounding stereo speakers also have their share in.

Thanks to Dolby Atmos they create a good surround sound effect. Games also look impressive, partly because of the high quality in the App Store, and partly because the hardware is so powerful that even demanding 3D graphics glide smoothly across the screen.

With the A13, Apple has a new chipset that achieves 454,000 points in the Antutu benchmark – even high-end androids like the Oneplus 7 Pro (375,000 points) can’t keep up.

Battery Life

gold iphone 11 pro max back

Responsible for the weight increase is above all the battery, because Apple has greatly increased the capacity – with the Max, almost 800 mAh were added! This has a positive effect on the runtime. Both Gold Colored smartphones turn out to be marathon runners in our test, which also manage without a power outlet for two days.

With an impressive 13 hours, the Max even belongs to the most enduring Golden smartphones currently available on the market. You can charge it wirelessly or pressure refuel it via cable, because Apple finally includes an 18 watt quick charge adapter in the delivery box with its iPhones.

Camera

Apple likes to take a little more time with technical innovations than others, but when they are implemented, the quality is excellent and access to them is more intuitive than with any other manufacturer. This also applies to the new camera system.

In addition to a standard wide-angle and a telephoto lens, Apple now also includes an ultra-wide angle, each sensor has a resolution of 12 megapixels. This sounds like a disadvantage compared to Huawei, Oneplus or Xiaomi, which offer between 40 and 48 megapixels.

But the high resolution of these sensors is seldom exploited to the full, most users shoot with 10/12 megapixels in the standard setting. So the iPhones are on the safe side and offer a perfectly tuned camera software. This applies to both the intuitive interface and the image quality.

Photos are very well balanced thanks to excellent HDR conversion, whereby many details are retained even with a high contrast range. The consistency of the results is impressive: The iPhones can hardly afford any outliers downwards; instead, a good solution is almost always found even under difficult lighting conditions.

Photo Quality

gold iphone 11 pro max camera

The photo quality of the zoom optic is very good, but the only thing to criticize here is the limited focal length range: as usual with Oneplus or Xiaomi, we would have wished for a triple zoom. The quality of the ultra-wide angle lens isn’t convincing, but Apple shares this finding with almost all gold colored smartphone manufacturers.

All the more is offered in the video area: Each of the three optics can record in 4K with up to 60 fps, quality and stabilization of the recordings are absolutely top class. This also applies to the selfie camera, which has also been upgraded to 12 megapixels.

Verdict

Apple is successfully updating its models and is returning to its old strength with the new Pro models. The camera is now once again in the top group, and the outstanding battery life is a bonus. The 512 GB memory has a great capacity – most androids don’t offer more.

And they don’t work with iOS, which is not only well maintained, but also offers advantages in terms of user guidance with the deep integration of Face ID. Which is why the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is ranking First on the Best Gold Colored Smartphones.

Ranking Second: Samsung Galaxy S9

Gold colored Samsung Galaxy S9 review

Pros

  • Good camera with super slow motion
  • Best Price
  • Powerful stereo loudspeakers

Cons

  • Dual-SIM only when no memory card is used

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is still one of the best gold colored smartphones. In the meantime, the price has dropped and the operating system is up to date again. Is it still worth buying? The Test!

Android OS

Both the S9 and the larger Galaxy S9 Plus received the update to Android 9 with One UI in early 2019. Meanwhile the update to Android 10 and the new interface One UI 2.0 is available.

So the S9 is up to date. A significant advantage compared to its predecessor Galaxy S8, for which Android 10 will probably not be available after all. You can find out what functions the update brings in the article Samsung Update: Android 10 and One UI 2.0.

Design

Gold colored Samsung Galaxy S9 test

Curved lines, a rounded glass casing and, despite the large screen, a pleasantly handy golden mobile phone: The design of the Galaxy S-Class is still a force to be reckoned with – even if the edges of the Galaxy S10 are even narrower and thus, despite comparable external dimensions, there is room for an even slightly larger screen.

From the front, however, there is hardly any difference between the S9 and its predecessor, the Galaxy S8. The fact that the display edge is a bit narrower at the top and bottom than on the S8 is not visible to the naked eye.

Only connoisseurs discover that the frame now has the same colour as the back of the case. In addition, the S9 is available in the US in metallic blue (Coral Blue), black (Midnight Black) and titanium grey (Titanium Gray), which is only available in the luxury version with 256 gigabytes (GB) of memory.

Since December 2019, the Galaxy S9 has also been available in the US in the colour version “Polaris Blue” with a colour gradient between silver and blue.

Display

The 5.8 inch OLED screen with 1440×2960 pixels has not changed on paper compared to its predecessor. The successor S10 comes up to 6.1 inch.

The measurements in the lab show that Samsung squeezes out a good 20 percent more brightness and 30 percent more contrast compared to the S8 _ and the S8 already had good DIsplay. The color fidelity is still good. At around 570 dpi (dots per inch), there’s no need to complain about sharpness: It’s there and more than enough – the S9 has an outstanding display.

Fingerprint Sensor and Intelligent Scan

If you turn the S9 around, there is at least one visible difference to its predecessor: the fingerprint sensor. While it was placed high up next to the camera lens on the S8 and caused some owners to despair without a protective cover, it slid down and sits centrally under the camera on the S9. So it is easier to reach. Detection was very fast when trying it out.

If you activate the “Intelligent Scan”, the S9 combines face recognition via the front camera with the iris scanner. Although the scan did not accept the glasses during the training, the later identification worked with glasses as well.

Only on sunglasses did the Intelligent Scan bite its teeth out, requiring unlocking by code or fingerprint. All in all, recognition in direct top view was in most cases as fast as with Apple, but not in all situations. Apple’s Face ID works even more comfortably in all situations. Samsung wants to improve face recognition on the Galaxy S10.

Camera

Gold colored Samsung Galaxy S9 camera

Probably the most striking technical innovation of the S9 series is the camera. A glance at the data sheet reveals only half the truth, as the resolution remains at 12 megapixels. What is new? After all, the new dual camera is only available in the S9 Plus!

Nevertheless, the S9 camera was convincing in the test: Galaxy S8 and S9 had to prove themselves when shooting in a darkened room (1 Lux). Result: The S9 delivered brighter, sharper, clearer images with less noise. There are two technical features behind this.

Firstly, the S9 camera has a particularly bright aperture (f=1.5). There is a novelty with the corresponding technology: for the first time a gold colored smartphone offers a variable aperture. Depending on the situation and lighting, the S9 works either with the fast aperture f=1.5 or the aperture f=2.5, which is more suitable for colours, for example.

Secondly, the camera works so quickly, partly because of faster memory modules, that it takes twelve pictures practically simultaneously in one go in a kind of Turbo-HDR mode. The camera software compares the results and computes the image information step by step.

The result: a brighter and at the same time low-noise image. In the strict visual test in the lab, the S9 improved from a single score of 3.35 to 2.80 compared to the S8. The front camera is almost as good as before.

However, if you value a wide viewing angle (wide angle) and optical zoom, you’ll be at a disadvantage compared to the successor generation S10: The Galaxy S9 has only one camera at the back, the Galaxy S10 has two, three or even four, depending on the variant.

Timelapse Function

The new super slow-motion function was impressive in the test: The Galaxy S9 records videos with 960 frames per second. Some top devices, such as the Sony Xperia XZ Premium or the Sony Xperia XZ2, can also do this.

As with Sony, the length of the recordings is limited to 0.2 seconds, but with Sony you have to start the slow-motion recording manually, which makes it almost impossible to capture short movements. Samsung has solved this better with the S9: you define an image detail in the viewfinder before starting the shot.

Only when the S9 detects movement there does it activate slow motion. In this way, impressive detail shots of the bursting of a balloon filled with water are achieved in the test. For comparison: gold colored iPhone models such as Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone X only take slow motion pictures at 240 frames per second, but without the 0.2 second limit on length.

Performance

Gold colored Samsung Galaxy S9 backside

The American models of the S9 work with Samsung’s Exynos 9810 processor – thanks to eight cores (4×2.7 gigahertz (GHz) and 4×1.7 GHz) it is said to be significantly faster than the S8 processor. The RAM remains at 4 GB on the S9, but has grown to 6 GB on the S9 Plus.

Equipped with Android 8.0 Oreo, the S9 reacted very smoothly and quickly. However, there was no difference to the S8 when starting apps. In benchmarks, the S9 shows that it is a bit brisker, but in everyday situations measured by Techtestreport, like opening a PDF document or the browser, there were no significant improvements.

So we didn’t notice a big speed boost in everyday life. However, the new chip inherently provides faster LTE (CAT18) of theoretically up to 1,200 megabits per second (Mbps). In the US, a maximum of 500 Mbps can currently be used. The speed of the S10 increases slightly compared to the S9.

Battery Life

The S9 is inherently fast charging, even wireless. The capacity remains at 3,000 milliampere-hours (mAh), but in the big battery test the Galaxy S9 lasted considerably longer than the Galaxy S8. Under typical use, the lab determined a 30 percent improvement in battery life, over twelve hours instead of nine. The standby time was extended from just under 29 to just under 37 hours.

This is a pleasing development without increasing capacity. Apparently the new chipset is noticeably more efficient. A side glance at the S9 Plus shows that the big brother has even more endurance. The 3,500 mAh in the plus provide a runtime of 13.5 hours and over 41 hours standby.

Sound Quality

Gold colored Samsung Galaxy S9 backside

Other manufacturers have been offering “surround sound” through their gold colored smartphone speakers for some time now – Samsung’s S-Class has so far held back on this. The Galaxy S9 changes that: two AKG speakers (one on the bottom and one hidden on the top of the front) provide a more spacious sound. This was particularly impressive when playing videos with Dolby Atmos sound.

Exemplary: The S9 can also play videos with normal sound with a simulated Dolby Atmos spatial sound. Progress was even noticeable in telephoning and hands-free talking.

In theory, the sound quality on Bluetooth headphones also improves because Android 8 supports high-quality Bluetooth sound transmission via LDAC codec. Those who prefer to use headphones classically via cable will be pleased to hear that Samsung has remained true to the headset jack socket with the S9.

AR-Emojis

Inspired by Apple’s iPhone X and its animojis, the S9 offers AR emojis (AR = Augmented Reality). With the camera app you create a comic-like image of your face as a kind of avatar. The resemblance to the real face is abstracted, at best seen in face shape and nose length.

Afterwards – similar to PC games – you adjust the avatar by choosing hair color or glasses. Then the S9 tries to recognize the facial features when speaking, and thus creates animations that can be sent in GIF format in any app. But the recognized facial movements were very crude in the test.

You can add text to them and thus create your own memes – graphics-text combinations that comment a bit ironically.

Verdict

An evaluation of the price comparison shows: From the sales launch in March to October 2018, the price of 849 Dollars (RRP) for the 64 GB version fell in some cases below $600.

Apart from the longer battery life, the S9’s main argument in favor of it is that it still gets Android 10. The S9 doesn’t have to hide itself technically.

Moreover, the S9 is extremely handy and still cuts a good figure in 2020. The design is timeless, that’s why the S9 is ranking second on the Best Gold Colored Phones and also won, due to its low price, our ‘Best Price’ Category. So if you want to save money, buy this model!

Ranking Third: Sony Xperia X

Gold colored Sony Xperia X review

Pros

  • Noble metal Design
  • Very good display
  • Top performance despite Hexa-Core

Cons

  • Without optical image stabilizer and 4K

Optically, the X is definitely a feast for the eyes: Sony now relies on a metal back instead of the glass surface, which was previously quite fingerprint-prone. In addition, the case frame is now really made of one piece – the corners were still attached separately on the Z3 and Z5.

The Xperia X is just as handy as the Z3 and Z5: It may not be as small as a Z5 Compact, but it’s not as big as an Xperia Z5 with its 5 inch display. The fingerprint scanner is still in the power button and Sony hides good sounding stereo loudspeakers on the front.

Display

Gold colored Sony Xperia X backside

With a new top model you usually always expect a stronger processor. Sony is taking a step back this time and relying on the new Snapdragon 650 with six cores instead of eight. The clock rate also drops from the Xperia Z5’s 2 GHz to now 1.8 GHz. Does it do anything?

In the test, we actually couldn’t find any performance losses at any time, but instead the X could always quickly navigate through the menus, swiping back and forth on the home screen and opening several apps at the same time without a jerk (thanks to the 3 GB RAM).

Only when scrolling in the browser, the page didn’t always move in real time. A nice side effect of the new CPU: The Xperia X never got as warm as its predecessor with Snapdragon 810.

There’s also hardly anything to criticize in terms of display: With just under 530 candelas/m² there are no problems when reading under strong sunlight.

The contrast is a very good 130:1 and the color space is even slightly larger than in most other devices. On the other hand, the display tends slightly bluish – just a matter of getting used to it or adjustable in the settings.

Camera

Gold colored Sony Xperia X design

The figurehead of Sony gold colored mobile phones was usually the camera – as with the Xperia X: 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor with predictive hybrid autofocus and SteadyShot video stabilisation is in the spec sheet and no, it’s not a car. Instead, Sony packs everything that the smartphone warehouse has to offer into the 23 megapixels. The result: really impressive photos in daylight with very slight noise and very bright, albeit heavily sharpened shots in low light. The very strong re-sharpening is also noticeable in flash photography.

We also like the SteadyShot video stabilisation, which really compensates for camera shake. You’ll have to do without a 4K camcorder, though; the maximum resolution is 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD). The Selfiecam impresses with a high resolution of 13 megapixels. Video stabilized Full-HD clips are also possible here.

What is missing overall is an optical image stabilizer for the photo mode, a front light and the 4K camcorder already mentioned.

Battery Life

Sounds not bad up to here and the battery is also surprising. It’s comparatively small with a capacity of 2,620 mAh, but the gold colored phone lasts a good 7:21 hours in the online runtime test. In addition, Qualcomm’s QuickCharge technology is supported, so that you can quickly refill the battery with a corresponding adapter.

In terms of features, however, the Sony Xperia X loses points in comparison to the Xperia Z5 and thus has to take a few places behind the predecessor model.

Verdict

As if Z6, the new top model from Sony is called Xperia X. In the test, the looks, performance and display are particularly convincing, which is why we placed it on rank 3 of the best Gold Colored Smartphones.


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