By Stephen Schenck | June 12, 2012 11:14 AM
Special edition “boutique” smartphone are always a bit unpredictable. On one hand, there are models that aren’t that much more expensive than a mass market smartphone and actually look pretty attractive, like LG’s Jil Sander phone. Then there are those models which do away with sensible price tags entirely, like the Porsche BlackBerry, but are still decently powerful handsets. At the far end of the spectrum, everything starts going nutty, thanks to common sense and good taste being pushed to the wayside. You’ll have to judge for yourself where to place the two new Android models from Lamborghini, with both a $2725 phone and $2280 tablet arriving.
What kind of phone does nearly three grand buy you? Some of that money is definitely paying for some high-quality components, like a nearly unscratchable sapphire glass screen, and a case adorned with gold plating and crocodile skin, but Lamborghini must have run out of money by the time it got to the phone’s electronics. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with specs like a 3.7-inch WVGA display, five-megapixel main camera with 0.3-megapixel front-facer, and just 4GB of internal storage, they’re hardly what you’d expect from so expensive a handset. Couple that with Gingerbread instead of ICS, and it’s all just a bit of a let-down.
The Lamborghini tablet is arguably quite a bit better-looking, if not just less gaudy. The prominent speaker grilles give it a nice aggressive styling, though the bland front of the tablet drops the ball a little. Again with this model, the upsetting part is just how little value you get for your money; there’s a 1.2GHz processor (no word on cores), yet only 512MB RAM and 4GB flash (though there’s room for microSD expansion). The 9.7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 768, giving it an odd 4:3 aspect ratio. The worst part: the tablet runs Android 2.3. Finding Gingerbread on a tablet in this day and age is hardly ever a good sign. Supposedly ICS is on the way via update, but that’s still not a good place to start.
Both Lamborghini Androids are going up for sale in Russia, should you feel compelled to track one down.