In the BlackBerry Priv teardown video post, I jokingly mentioned one of the reasons for Karalux tearing down the Priv was so they could find out what pieces could be dipped in gold. Turns out, I was right as the company has now unveiled the 24K gold-plated BlackBerry Priv in Vietnam.
In Vietnam, the first BlackBerry Priv will be sold on Dec. 05th 2015. But at the moment, Karalux has a BlackBerry Priv to conduct gilding and introduce to technology lovers and BlackBerry fans. Unlike the previous generations, it is a little bit more difficult to disassemble BlackBerry Priv. Karalux engineers took nearly 2 hours to "operate" its details, and spent 4 more hours with more than 10 different procedures to complete the first gold-plated BlackBerry Priv in Vietnam. For domestic customers, it costs VND 8 million for the gold-plating service, and 25 million for both phone and gold-plating. For international customers, the price is VND 30 million ( about 1500 USD )/ gold-plated handset.
While I usually find devices slathered in gold to look pretty damn ugly, the Priv actually looks rather nice. Not sure it's worth $1500USD nice but I'm sure some folks out there will disagree with me. What do you all think?