Gold-plated Porsche Design P'9981 BlackBerry eyes up 25 solid gold suckers

Who wants an overpriced, out of date smartphone?

If you've got more money than you can shake a diamond-encrusted stick at then BlackBerry and Porsche have the smartphone for you, in the form of the poorly named Porsche Design P'9981 Gold.

This special version of the P'9981 comes with a stainless steel case which is covered in a layer of titanium and then coated in 24-carat gold.

The limited edition number (there are only 25 of these bad boys up for grabs) is engraved on a slab of 24-carat gold which is stuck on the back of the handset, and will be available to buy from select Porsche Design stores this June.

More than a pretty penny

In terms of cost, BlackBerry is keeping quiet for the time being, but we're bracing ourselves for a big, big figure - something which could potentially put Vertu's smartphones to shame. The standard version will currently set you back around £1,250 (AU$1,930, US$1,890), and that has no gold on it.

Aside from the price there's some more bad news as the Design P'9981 Gold won't be running BlackBerry's latest BB10 operating system, with affluent suitors forced to back do with the now ancient BB OS7.1 platform.

The rest of the specs look set to be equally disappointing as we expect the Gold edition to sport the same 2.8-inch touchscreen, 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and 5MP camera of its less bling-laden predecessor.


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