BlackBerry’s recently released flagship smartphone; the Passport, has garnered a modicum amount of success to lift the company up from the depths of financial trouble. With 200,000 units sold in just a time span of two days, it looks as if the smartphone maker’s misfortunes have slowly started to dwindle. Since the device has gained significant amounts of notoriety, smartphone users have the opportunity to upgrade the device’s aesthetics by replacing the existing body with a 24K gold plating.
Vietnamese firm by the name of Mavang has started to carry out custom gold plating customizations of the Passport smartphone. The firm significantly embellishes the device by forging a stainless steel plate to incorporate durability and improve the handset’s overall look. The chassis of the smartphone will not entirely be replaced by gold, but the metallic frame that is surrounding the device. The front side of the Passport will still sport the 4.5-inch display exuding a 1,440 by 1,440 resolution along with the durable plastic that makes up the back side of the device, featuring the company’s logo.
According to the company, the customization process takes between three to four hours for the gold plating to be replaced and carries a price tag that ranges between $375-470 (which translates in to VND 8,000,000 and 10,000,000). Time and price will vary according to the level of customizations being executed. The BlackBerry Passport was announced on June 2014 and in addition to the 4.5 inch screen size, the smartphone features a QWERTY keyboard. The Passport runs a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 chipset that runs a quad core Krait 400 CPU clocked in at 2.2 GHz.
Apart from this, the device is equipped with 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD slot for upgrading up to 128 GB, and a 3,540 mAh battery.