Elon Musk, the infamous tech mogul at the helm of Tesla and SpaceX, has developed some trust issues with the media. Between flaws in the Tesla 3, the company’s supposed union violations, and the Tesla that crashed while in Autopilot, Musk is constantly in the news. It should come as no surprise that he’s back at it again, though this time the spotlight can’t be blamed on auto troubles or one of his Twitter rants. A smartphone accessory company from Russia is selling a new iPhone X Tesla that markets for $4,500.
Yes, you read that right: $4,500
If you remember correctly, the original iPhone X cost just $1,000. As painful as it is to apply the qualifier “just” in front of Apple’s record-breaking price tag, it fits when compared to this iPhone X Tesla.
It is not, however, a new X model
Its name is deceiving. Though you’re justified in thinking this Tesla is a new member of the Apple family, it has no affiliation with Apple — or Tesla, for that matter. In fact, it’s not technically a new phone at all; it’s merely a modded out iPhone X. The mods include an attached solar panel affixed to a gold accented carbon fiber case. Unsurprisingly, a solar panel adds considerable bulk to the relatively sleek dimensions of the original, more than doubling its thickness.
If you were already confused by this whole thing, then things won’t get any better for you. While the first unit is promised to Elon Musk, so far no one’s found a reason why his company’s name is linked to this ridiculous product. Why it got its name is unclear, but anyone willing to drop more than $4,000 on this accessory probably doesn’t use something as pedestrian as logic to justify their purchases.
Luxury enhancements aren’t just for multi-billionaires
Luckily for cash-strapped Apple fans who don’t have $4,500 to spend on a phone that already cost $1,000, there’s a less expensive (and less insane) option. You can find custom skins for your iPhone X that won’t break the bank. A company like dbrand has been in the business of iPhone customization for nearly ten years — in which time they’ve achieved the best fit, protection, and style in an affordable package. They’ve partnered with 3M, so they can deliver premium designs without bulking up the X.
With the best skin iPhone X has available to it, you can cover up cosmetic damages and fingerprints while showing luxury patterns, like marble, hyperblack titanium, mahogany, and leather. Best of all, you won’t have to take out a personal loan to cover the cost. Most iPhone skins cost less than $15. With $4,500, you could afford to purchase 300 different designs before tax.
Not that you would. It’s not like you have a net-worth that rivals Jim Bezos, Elon Musk, or even Tim Cook. Until you manage to win the lottery, you’re an average person with average savings. Though you can afford the iPhone X, useless cases that cost more than quadruple the device’s price is out of your means. Ironically, the only people who can afford this unusual accessory are the people who will get it for free. Only time will tell if Musk will accept his gift or blow the whistle on it with his new credibility rating website Pravda.