Gold-plated BlackBerry Q10 now on sale for £1597

If you thought the BlackBerry Q10 was already a premium smartphone with its hefty price tag, you may want to read ahead. A company called Goldgenie has put up the Gold BlackBerry Q10 smartphone for sale on its website. 


Goldgenie's version of the smartphone sports a 24ct gold-plated bezel exterior and a 24ct gold-integrated panel that rests beneath the keypad. If you're interested, you can pick between the Gold and Rose Gold options on the site here. Buying the Gold Q10 will set you back a staggering £1597.00, i.e. roughly Rs 1,34,400. Those buying it will receive the premium smartphone in a fitting Luxury Finished Box.   


The BlackBerry Q10 may look meagerly-endowed in comparison to the Z10, but its internals are equally top-of-the-line. The 3.1-inch touchscreen display has a 720 x 720 resolution, giving it a rather high 328 ppi pixel density. The Q10 smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor and has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.


Gold-plated BlackBerry Q10 (Right) Inside the Luxury Finished Box



On the back is an 8 megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p videos, while the front-facing 2 megapixel camera should be more than enough for Skyping and self-portraits. The camera gets everything the Z10 had, including Time Shift and video stabilisation. Internal storage is capped off at 16GB, but potential buyers can further enhance the memory up to 64GB. The Q10 has a 2100 mAh Li-ion battery, which should be good enough for a whole day’s usage considering the small display.


You won’t be short of options to connect the Q10 to your PC or television thanks to the microUSB and miniHDMI port. On the connectivity front, there’s Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with dual-band support, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP support and NFC support as well.


Yesterday, we had reported that the Q10 is available for pre-booking on SnapDeal. The website, though, doesn't reveal any new information, such as the actual price of the handset. To pre-book the device, you have to pay Rs 1,000 in advance and then pay the rest when the smartphone is launched. The closest thing we have to a launch date at the moment is a vague mention of it being some time during the fourth week of May.


The closest we have had to a price so far have been listings on some online stores with a price of Rs 55,540. That makes the Q10 even dearer to purchase than the already expensive full touchscreen BlackBerry Z10.

Published Date: May 10, 2013 03:17 pm | Updated Date: May 10, 2013 03:17 pm