The Gold and Red Smartphones to Get for the Lunar New Year

The Gold and Red Smartphones to Get for the Lunar New Year

Gold and Red to Bring in Prosperity and Good Luck

Gold and red are considered auspicious colors in the Chinese culture as they symbolize good luck and prosperity. While other people dress themselves up in red and decorate their homes with gold items, set yourself apart from the rest by getting a gold or red smartphone. We've put together five smartphones for your consideration that should bode well for this festive season.

Apple iPhone 5S

The Apple iPhone 5S may not be the first gold phone in the market, but it has definitely inspired other brands to come up with similar color variants of their flagship smartphones.

What's new in the iPhone 5S are the Touch ID biometric fingerprint sensor, 64-bit A7 processor, and an improved 8-megapixel rear camera with a 15% larger sensor, a larger f/2.2 aperture and True Tone flash.

If you don't mind the 4-inch display and prefer one-handed operation of a phone, the iPhone 5S may be the one for you.

SRP: S$988 (16GB), S$1,148 (32GB), S$1,288 (64GB)

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One of the best designed Android smartphones of 2013, the HTC One recently had a golden makeover just in time for the Lunar New Year. Also worth considering for this season, the glamour red variant has been available since August 2013.

Housed in the aluminum unibody are a 4.7-inch Full-HD display, a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor and a pair of front-facing HTC BoomSound speakers. As reviewed by us, we feel it has excellent multimedia credentials and can be furthered by getting an optional HTC BoomBass speaker (first tested and reviewed with the HTC One Max).

SRP: S$768 (32GB)

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Commonly referred as the rear-button smartphone, the LG G2 takes an unconventional approach in placing the power and volume control buttons at the back of the device. While it might seem awkward initially, the approach works quite well as it grew on us. 

Another key highlight of the phone is its insanely thin bezel around its 5.2-inch display, which helps gives it a compact frame that's no larger than most other 5-inch smartphones. 

The G2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor, 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization. If you're looking for a unique and modern user experience, the LG G2 will deliver just that.

SRP: S$898 (32GB)

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Nokia Lumia 1520

The Nokia Lumia 1520 has the honor of being the first Windows Phone phablet in the market. In addition, it is also the first Windows Phone to sport a Full-HD display.

In terms of specs, the Lumia 1520 is comparable or better than the other Android flagship smartphones. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz processor and is equipped with a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera.

If you find the Windows Phone operating system appealing and want the best-in-class specs, the Lumia 1520 will not disappoint you.

SRP: S$999 (32GB)

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Motorola Moto G

As the second Moto-branded device, the Motorola Moto G provides plenty of bang for the buck. Although it comes with a relatively affordable price tag, the Moto G is in no way inferior to its more expensive competitors.

The Moto G has a 4.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz processor. It ships with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and is guaranteed an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.

If the lack of 4G connectivity, average imaging quality and limited storage space (5.5GB available out of the box) don't seem to trouble you, the Moto G has no equal in its price category as a mid-range phone with an entry-level price point.

SRP: $318 (8GB)

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Full Smartphone Specs Compared
  Apple iPhone 5S HTC One (32GB) LG G2 Nokia Lumia 1520 Motorola Moto G
Launch SRP
  • From S$988
  • From S$968
  • From S$898
  • From S$999
  • From S$318
Latest Price
  • From S$800
  • From S$400
  • From S$270
Operating system
  • iOS 7
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense 5
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (at launch)
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat (updated)
  • Windows Phone
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat)
  • Apple A7 64-bit dual-core 1.3GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.7GHz processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 2GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4-inch / 1,136 x 640 resolution / IPS
  • 4.7-inch / 1920 x 1080 pixels / Super LCD 3
  • 5.2-inch / 1,920 x 1,080 pixels / IPS
  • 6-inch / 1,920 x 1,080 resolution / IPS LCD
  • 4.5-inch / 1,280 x 720 pixels / IPS
  • Rear: 8-megapixels with autofocus and dual warm/cool LED flashes
  • Front: 1.2-megapixels FaceTime HD camera
  • 4-megapixel HTC UltraPixel camera with BSI, HTC ImageSense 2, f/2.0, Optical Image Stabilization
  • Secondary: 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera / wide angle lens / F2.0
  • Rear: 13-megapixel with optical image stabilization
  • Front: 2.1-megapixel
  • Rear: 20-megapixel with Carl Zeiss optics, Dual-LED Flash, PureView technology
  • Front: 1.2-megapixel
  • Rear: 5-megapixel autofocus with LED flash
  • Front: 1.3-megapixel
  • Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n) (802.11n: 2.4 and 5 GHz), 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS & GLONASS, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/ac/b/gn / Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / DLNA / Miracast / micro-USB 2.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and LE, DLNA, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi Channel bonding, 3.5mm audio connector, Micro-USB
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with GLONASS
Storage Type
  • 16 / 32 / 64GB internal storage
  • 32GB internal storage with free 25GB Dropbox storage for two years
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 32GB internal storage
  • microSD card (up to 64GB)
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 1,560mAh
  • 2300mAh
  • 3,000mAh
  • 3,400mAh
  • 2,070mAh
  • 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6mm (W x H x D)
  • 137.4 x 68.2 x 4 - 9.3mm
  • 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
  • 162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7mm
  • 129.9 x 65.9 x 6.0~11.6mm
  • 112g
  • 143g
  • 143g
  • 209g
  • 143g