Samsung to own part of rival Pantech, world domination to follow?

Samsung to own part of rival Pantech, world domination to follow?

Korean news outlets are reporting that manufacturing giant Samsung has decided to purchase a 10 per cent stake in rival smartphone firm Pantech, although its exact motives are currently unknown.

Pantech is the third largest handset manufacturer in Korea – after Samsung and LG – and the US$47.6 million (around

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

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

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