The spirit of Vertu lives on in Tonino Lamborghini’s Alpha-One


Luxury smartphone maker Vertu may have closed its doors but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for expensive phones that act as status symbols rather than practical devices. Case in point: The Tonino Lamborghini Alpha-One handset, a hand-tooled leather-and-gold affair that will cost you about the same as a few month’s salary. Or a mid-range MacBook.

But what are you getting with the Alpha-One, besides an inflated ego and a smartphone that your insurance company is going to hate? Hand-made Italian leather, liquid-metal construction, and a very conspicuous design are the selling points if you’re the sort of person who owns smartphones like this.

On the inside, away from the eye-catching (is that a good thing?) design, there’s a nicely impressive display in the 5.5in 2,560 x 1,440 screen. The side is let down a bit by the Snapdragon 820 processor, a chipset that is very 2015. There’s 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, with the option to expand, as well as a 20MP/8MP camera combo — all the better to capture your jet-setting lifestyle with. A 3,250mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, Dolby Atmos speakers, and an integrated DAC round out this Android 7.0 handset.

Got R32,500 ($2,450) lying around in your spare change wallet? Then you can order your own Alpha-One online now. The device comes with a leather sleeve, a charge cable and free shipping because it bloody well better come with free shipping.

Or, alternatively, you could hop in your private jet over to the UK or the UAE and pick up your Alpha-One in person from Harrods or the Dubai Mall. In your rented Lambo, of course. Or you could pop over to a store here in SA and get yourself two Galaxy S8s. And a PlayStation 4.

Source: via The Verge


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