Last week, BlackBerry announced the Porsche Design P’9982 smartphone, a stainless steel slab based on the BlackBerry Z10. It’s a luxury phone with a price tag to match, but now a new player has hit the scene to challenge it. It’s a phone called the Antares, and it has been made by Tonino Lamborghini.
Although it shares the same name as the famous car company, it’s related to it only by a family connection – it’s run by the son of Mr. Lamborghini – and produces expensive luxury items made in Italy. A look at its website reveals a few previous attempts at computers, but this is its first serious smartphone.
Like everything with a luxury badge, it’s not cheap. How does £2500 sound? It’s not quite Vertu money, but it’s more than the P’9982. Sadly, the specification doesn’t live up to the monster price tag, although we’re quite taken by the cool matte black model’s looks.
A 4-inch screen takes pride of place on the front of the phone, but the resolution is a very low 960×540 pixels, dropping it well below most mid-range Android smartphones. Tonino Lamborghini has created its own custom user interface for the Antares, which has been placed over the top of Android 4.2. Running the phone is a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, plus it has a 13-megapixel rear camera and 32GB of internal memory.
We’re not sure who this is aimed at, but it’s telling that the phone will be released in Russia and China next month, where hardware like this is very popular. It’ll reach the UK during the spring next year, so you’ve got time to save up if you want one.