Samsung's 18k Olympic phone

It goes for the gold, not silver or bronze.

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Samsung has been holding out on us. The company did say last month that it would be issuing limited-edition phones in honor of the Beijing Olympics, following the likes of Lenovo and its " Cloud of Promise " laptops. But they didn't tell us the handsets would be made of gold.

Crave has a special relationship with all things gold , as some readers may have gleaned , so this phone naturally caught our eye--and it's not so ugly that we had to poke it out. True, some might find the P318+ a bit garish in its 18-carat gold casing, but we must remember that it's being made to commemorate the Olympics.

There's no indication that they'll be handed out to every gold-medal winner, however, which we think would be an obvious marketing gimmick. On the other hand, the runners-up might not appreciate getting handsets plated in silver and bronze.

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