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Goldgenie launches year of the goat iPhone

gadgets Updated: Jan 28, 2015 11:29 IST
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To help celebrate the Chinese New Year in style, the company is making a limited edition gold-plated iPhone 6 complete with laser-engraved graphics and a cherry oak display case.

Goldgenie, the UK firm famed for dipping already desirable smartphones, from iPhones and BlackBerrys to flagship Samsungs and HTC Ones, in 24k gold and which can count Elton John and the Beckhams among its loyal clients plans to make just 99 examples of the customized handset, each of which will be stamped with a serial number indicating its place in the series.

As well as a 24K gold coating, each phone's rear panel will be laser engraved with a specially designed Chinese goat symbol. Clients will be able to specify the iPhone 6 with up to 128GB of on-board storage.

The Goldgenie "Year of the Goat" 24K Gold iPhone 6 Elite. Photo: AFP

The handset will retail for €3164.40 but expect example number 8 to start a bidding war, considering the number's significance as a symbol of luck, good health and fortune in Chinese culture.

Although the Year of the Goat -- which promises 365 days of harmony, cooperation, positive energy and friendship -- doesn't officially start until February 19, the handset is already available to order via Goldgenie's website and comes with a lifetime guarantee.