Would you pay $1300 for a 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv?

Would you pay $1300 for a 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv?
BlackBerry's first Android powered handset, the BlackBerry Priv, happens to be a slider which helps it conceal the physical QWERTY available to users. The device has already been launched in the U.S, Canada and in some overseas countries like the U.K. It will launch in Vietnam on December 5th, which is of importance to those who are interested in purchasing a gold-plated BlackBerry Priv.

Karalux is a Vietnamese company that has become known for offering gold-plated versions of popular smartphones. In the past, it has offered gold-plated BlackBerry models including the BlackBerry Q10 and the BlackBerry Passport. If you are among those who feel that the Priv is overpriced at $700, you might not be interested in seeing how much it will cost to turn your Priv into a piece of jewelry.

After spending hours taking the Priv apart to figure out how best to gold-plate the device, Karalux has announced that for the equivalent of $350 USD, it will provide 24K gold-plating of a domestic customer's  BlackBerry Priv. Since the company is located in Vietnam, that offer is only for Priv owners in that country. If you live in Vietnam but don't own the Priv, Karalux will sell you the phone and the 24K gold-plating for the equivalent of $1100 USD. If you live out of the country, the phone and the gold-plating will cost you $1300 USD.

If you don't think that the unique (at least these days) form factor of the BlackBerry Priv is enough to impress, or you happen to like the rich look of the gold-plating, you can check out the gold-plated BlackBerry Priv (and the other similarly treated phones that Karalux offers) by clicking on the sourcelink.




source: Karalux via Crackberry

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Priv
  • Display 5.4 inches
    2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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48 Comments

50. tobico

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

I did pay A$1250 to preorder my Priv, which used to be worth US$1300 around a year ago.

49. blackberry_Boy

Posts: 213; Member since: May 27, 2014

I would it's only $600 more plus it's gold, GOLD wish the whole thing was gold like the one I seen on Instagram

48. HTC_ONE_MAX

Posts: 171; Member since: Feb 06, 2015

Unrealistic...

41. jojon

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Having used the Priv for two days, i can tell you it is rubbish. It creaks and squeaks, cramped to use, poor build quality and the cam is just embarrassing. Now some dude wants to gold plate it..? Just forget about it

44. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Stop being aggresive, the Priv is a great device!

46. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Mine was the same. Fit and finish was terrible. BB can do better

37. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

its not worth 1300 the other two has more gold than the priv..

35. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I wouldn't pay any more than $500

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hell NO! $699 was already too much for such limited pocket PC, even worse, it's not equipped with one of the best smartphone cameras...no SmartPhone is worth that much to me, not until they do this: www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html

39. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Built in kickstand... Microsoft OPEN YOUR EYES with this concept device, and make it a reality! #2016

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I actually wouldn't mind, but I already got a priv.

29. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

The avatar is representing what?

36. souvikroy1111

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

Its Android 18 dude

38. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Either you're a girl or you're less than 14 years old.

23. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

For $1,300 that MF'er better brew me a pot of coffee. No way I spend more for a phone than I could for a Hyundai.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

LMAO xD

18. kudus

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

$1300 for a 24K gold-plated "BlackBerry" ??? Are you crazy?!

14. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This phone hardware isn't a 700 phone let alone a 1300 one. It's a 500 phone based solely off hardware woes. I've never been more disappointed in a manufacturer than I was with the priv. That excludes the beautiful screen of course

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's the initial entrance into android. They have to go thru the growing pains too. I like it, if I was looking for a third phone, it would be it. Not this one, but a Priv non the least. I tried the torch in store, and it wasn't all bad.

22. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I wanted to like it but the bottom right side of the screen would give when typing and make a click sound, the left side where my palm would be it also flexed in and made creaking noises.. Back where the bb sign was it would give like there was air space.. Camera was okay but not near flagship quality. Screen was beautiful, battery was slightly above average so no complaints there: it just wasn't a 700 phone. My s6 edge plus was in a league above it as far as hardware goes. I expect certain things when you price your phones this high so it went back. I then tried a Lumia 950 and while many things were great I couldn't get past so os related things so I returned it too. Yesterday I went and purchased a iPhone 6s Plus and I'm going to give this a go. I want something to go with my edge plus so I hope this is my final s come phone for a while

24. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope the 6S Plus works out for you, it's a fine device.

28. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So far my biggest issue is that there isn't a back button readily available all the time.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That'll take some getting used to bro.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

This thing looks phenomenal & I definitely applaud BB's first foray into the Android OS, but the answer is an unequivocal no. And like MG said, I probably wouldn't pay that much for any phone...at least not in this time & age with the rapid progression of the technology.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The phone is absolute eye candy yo. BB is coming back.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 23070; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely not. The $699 price tag is enough, and I'm glad that BlackBerry themselves doesn't endorse this. Incidentally, I wouldn't pay $1300 for ANY smartphone, not just a gold plated one.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right bro. Now that BB is doing android, I wonder will it's updates be fast.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 23070; Member since: May 28, 2014

Chen has committed to fast updates, and there have already been an update or two to tweak the software, so let's hope BlackBerry keeps that going. At the very least, we know security updates and patches will come fast.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31800; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info bro.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 23070; Member since: May 28, 2014

No doubt, darkk. Anytime.

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