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Mimicry the best form of flattery? Check out Alcatel's champagne gold Alpha (hands-on)

You've seen this gold shade before, but not on an Android phone. Now, Alcatel shows off its own 24-karat hue.

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Jessica Dolcourt

Editorial Director / CNET Franchises, How-To, Performance Optimization

Jessica Dolcourt leads CNET Franchises, How-To, and Performance. With over 15 years in journalism, her experience includes mobile phone and software reporting and reviews, and delivering advice on expansive topics ranging from personal finance to travel and home. Jessica got her start at Download.com and holds an MA with Distinction from the University of Warwick (UK).

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LAS VEGAS -- Alcatel may sell the gray version of its 4.7-inch OneTouch Idol Alpha smartphone globally, but CES 2014 was the first time this brand-new gold shade strutted its stuff.

Perhaps taking a cue from Apple's subtle champagne iPhone 5S, Alcatel's new Idol Alpha in a similarly pale gold turns out to be a pretty piece of hardware.

This 'Alpha' Android glimmers in gold at CES 2014 (pictures)

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Adding to the eye candy are two transparent strips that line the top and bottom. LED lights shine on the navigation icons for Home, Back, and the Menu. Don't let this fool you; the touchpad is actually located on the black strip just above.

The phone is fairly high-end, with an Android 4.2 OS, a 13-megapixel camera, and a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. There's a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, and 16GB of storage on-board.

Since this is an aluminum unibody design, there's no removable battery. Alcatel also gave expandable storage a pass.

Catch all the gadget news from CES 2014.

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