Nokia caters for kings with golden smartphone
Nokia has announced a gold-clad smartphone for spritely spenders, where image is everything and thirst is nothing.
The Nokia Oro - essentially the Nokia C7 with a gangster twist - is a phone you'd expect to find in every pimp's pocket.
While Nokia has previously offered gold models of mobile phones, namely the Nokia 6700, the company has now turned its attention to next-gen handsets and joins the likes of Vertu in offering lavish smartphones made from exorbitant materials.
The Oro's body is made from 18-carat gold, with a leather back panel crafted from "premium Scottish stock". It packs a menu key made from sapphire crystal and a 3.5in reinforced-glass OLED display. There's 8GB internal storage, Micro SD expansion and an 8Mp camera with a 720p recording capability. The company also throwing in an 18-carat gold version of its Nokia J Bluetooth headset. Ka-ching.
Of course, the Oro runs Symbian, which according to market watchers will be all but dead in a few years' time. You'll be sending your phone to Cash4Gold before you know it.
The Nokia Oro comes in the choice of either light or dark leather and will cost roughly €800 (£693) when it goes on sale in Q3. So if you want to bring some bling to the ring ting, get saving now. ®
Kings don't need titles. They just ARE
This isn't for a king. Real kings have made it and don't need to show it.
These are for Del-Boys.
What a waste
If Nokia really wanted to help the world why not create a $10 mobile for the developing world then do what the OLPC fondation did and tell consumers if you donate £100.00 to us we will give you a phone and donate 10 more to people in those countries?
I'm all for spending YOUR money on things YOU want, I don't want to teach the world to sing or anything; but surely a gold phone is just a little distasteful in the current climate? or is that the poitn? "I'm too rich to care" that sort of thing?
In any case as a long time Nokia user (2720 flip phone, my life rules) I think they should work on a legacy that doesn't focus on hopeless consumerism and get back to what they do best, insane battery life and Snake!
One unanswered question...
What's it weigh?