The gold plating experts from Vietnam are back again with a new offering. This time, Karalux focused its efforts on BlackBerry’s Porsche Design P’9983, launched last year with BlackBerry OS 10.3 on board.

If you still enjoy the Canadian company’s own operating system (and thus don’t care about the newer, Android-running Priv), this might be for you – especially if gold is your thing.

You can now buy a gold plated P’9983 from Karalux for VND 55 million, which currently translates into $2,440 or 2,226. This price is valid for international orders, if you’re in Vietnam you only need to pay VND 50 million ($2,219, 2,023). In either case you’re getting a smartphone plated with 24k gold.

As you may have expected, the handset’s innards aren’t touched, so in terms of hardware you’re getting the same 3.1-inch 720×720 touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, 8 MP main camera, 2 MP selfie shooter, and 2,100 mAh battery.

On the other hand if you already have the device and just send it in for gold plating, you’ll shell out either VND 15 million ($665, 607) or VND 20 million ($887, 810), depending on which type of gold you prefer.

The plating process takes three straight working hours, because more than ten different stages are involved, according to the chief engineer responsible for the P’9983’s gold plating.


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