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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  • Display 5.4" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 18 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3410 mAh

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48 Comments

1. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

No .

32. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Everything in this phone is plastic.. Even the screen us plastic. What is the point of sticking gold on plastic??? Ugly like sh!t

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Short answer: No Long answer: Lol no freaking way That's ridiculously expensove.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Expensive*

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right Mxy +1

25. Plume-Veil

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

If it was 24K pure gold, then "yes".

45. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5480; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Hell no... pure gold is weak as hell and you can bent it like rubber. Not to mention it would dent just looking at it.

40. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

What about a gold plated iPhone that costs $2k?

4. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

looks neat! love the combo of black + gold, when will Apple get the memo for the iPhone? 4 different colors yet 3 of them come with white front!!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hell to the No! The Priv is tite though, mos def jedii approved.

6. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-K7fCQlUhj0 My response: lol nope. Camera isn't too great, some parts of the phone could have been better and it's already damn expensive where I'm at anyway. No thx!

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

The Priv is definitely a good smartphone, darkk. Totally agree with you. +1.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can't wait to play with one. I haven't tried a BB since the storm left a bad taste in my mouth, but the Priv and Passport show BB isn't kidding around. +1

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. The Passport is still awesome, and the Priv is an excellent first effort from BlackBerry in the Android world. I'm waiting for T-Mobile to get pick up the Priv, but if they don't announce by the middle of December, I'm picking it up unlocked. Although, this pic on Twitter that Chen tweeted gives me hope that the Priv will be with T-Mobile sooner rather than later: https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnChen/status/670935926307201025/photo/1

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's coming lol. He looks serious.

33. Rafishant

Posts: 390; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Try it. Before the week ends, you will return it. One of the worst phones after the storm

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now you're just lying. The Priv is much better than what you're saying. Cut the BS.

42. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

..absolutely right, it is rubbish

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; 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: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; 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: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx for the info bro.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21323; Member since: May 28, 2014

No doubt, darkk. Anytime.

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: 30777; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

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: 30777; 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: 30777; 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.

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