How we wish smartphones cost double-oh-seven dollars. Tongue out of cheek, we now turn to the latest in mobile technology to fetch what could be called “a killing.” Forget Vertu and Tag Heuer, this time we’re talking about British luxury automaker and Aston Martin. And we’re not talking about the first sucky phone it did, here: it’s taking this year’s $300 phone and bringing up the price twenty-fold.
The Racing 808, actually made by Primo Mobile is a phone that appears to be all about the exterior: the $6,000 base model comes with a leather back, thick metal frame, a speaker surrounded by a ceramic earpiece that also helps reduce radiation, it seems.
You can also apply 18-karat gold and some diamonds on the thing for an extra $24,000.
If you’ve taken a good look at the picture above, don’t worry, it’s just a prototype.
But inside, we will see a flagship of 2014: a Snapdragon 801 with 2GB RAM running what looks to be near-stock Android 5.0 with 32GB of storage. The 4.7-inch sapphire screen casts pictures at 720p resolution (312 ppi). There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back, dual-SIM with LTE and a 2,000mAh non-removable battery.
First sales will take place in Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore and China in early December. Fancy London department store Selfridges will carry the phone December 15. Also, in a case of SkyMall fever, Singapore Airlines will also sell the phone on its website on that date.