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Is Sirin Labs the Future of Luxury Mobile Phones?

High luxury phones have got to be a tough sell. While you can gaze in awe at an over-the-top Vertu phone, such the $310,000 Signature Cobra made back in 2006, and perhaps appreciate it as an art object, technology moves so fast that its analog dial-pad has already become hopelessly outdated. The Israeli startup Sirin Labs aims to bring something different to the table. With $72 million in funding backing it up, they aim to go in the direction of providing the most cutting edge ‘tomorrow’s technology’, right here, right now. This $15,000 mystery phone, dubbed ‘Solarin’, plans to launch in May so we’re getting anxious over here (Ed’s note – We wrote in to Sirin Labs for an update but the company has yet to respond, with either comments or any pictures).

So the obvious question is – what exactly is it? The construction seems to revolve around getting the best engineers and research teams together at Sirin Labs’ little facility in Tel Aviv. What seems to be a focus though is on Internet security, anti-virus software, and cyber-defence. Definitely, with the whole Panama papers deal, as well as countless other cyber-attacks on entertainment corporations and celebrity emails, that’s a key area to look into with plenty of market potential. Furthermore, in conjunction with the release of the phone, Sirin Labs will also be launching its first flagship store over in London.

Beyond that, at $15,000 you can bet that it isn’t going to look like any old run-of-mill iPhone. Their selling point is “quality, technology, and privacy”. To our not so tech-savvy minds, that calls up visions of cyberpunk fittings and holographic interfaces. Well, since they’re going to keep it a secret for now, we can let our imagination run wild can’t we?

Things in the world are certainly getting more uncertain every day, and as Edward Snowden’s leaks demonstrate, you never really know who’s watching. Perhaps for those who want a little certainty in this big mess, the couple thousands spent on the ‘Solarin’ will be a worthy investment, at least, psychologically.

You can check out Sirin Labs website over here.

Image courtesy of Sergey Nivens/shutterstock.com

Lux iPhone 6S

Lux iPhone 6S by Brikk available for pre-order

Lux iPhone 6S

The Lux iPhone 6S is available in gold and platinum with a Diamonds Omni option.

Based in Los Angeles, Brikk produces couture products and accessories for the Lifestyle and Technology industries. With the launch of the iPhone 6 on the horizon (September), Brikk has produced a variety of luxury options, including 24-carat yellow gold, 18k pink gold and 950 platinum. These standard plated models are retailed for around $7,995.

The Diamond Ovni option involves diamonds set with a microscope in a custom machined bezel in the shape of Brikk’s logo. They are priced up to $199,995. These models are packaged in a customized Zero Halliburton case with a dimaond-embedded certificate of authenticity.

The Lux iPhone 6S is now available for pre-order on the Brikk website.


The 100% private Blackphone 2 coming in September


Privacy experts Silent Circle have announced the arrival of a Blackphone 2 for September 2015. The cost is still under wraps. The new smartphone is the world’s first built from the ground up to be private by design.

Designed for individuals and corporations alike, the first Blackphone was originally presented at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in 2014 before going on sale for $629. The original had a 4.7-inch screen.

The new version will upgrade to a 5.5 inch Gorilla Glass display and have a 1.7GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, a micro SD slot and a quick charge battery.

But the focal point of the Blackphone 2 is once again Silent OS, an Android-based operating system enhanced to address mobile privacy concerns. Silent OS puts privacy in the hands of each individual user, allowing them to create different “Spaces” that act as separate virtual phones on one device, thereby enabling work life and personal life to stay securely compartmentalized. You can create up to four spaces on each phone and customize them any way you like.

Silent OS’s “Security Center” also puts privacy settings at the user’s fingertips. Not only are settings easily configurable for the phone, users can also fine-tune permissions for individual apps to decide the level of data access each app receives. The Blackphone 2 comes preloaded with its own apps as well as third-party apps that enable encrypted communication.

Goldgenie iPhone 6s

Preorder your diamond-encrusted Apple iPhone 6S now

Goldgenie iPhone 6s

Along with gold, rose gold and platinum, a luxury customization service will encrust the latest iPhone 6s with 800 diamonds.

It hasn’t even hit the market yet, but  is opening pre-orders for its 24K gold, rose gold and platinum iPhone 6s collection August 31.

The iPhone 6s, which is expected to be lighter and thicker than its predecessor and incorporate the Force Touch feature, launches at the end of September.

Prices for the plated phones start at £2,300 (about $3,635 USD) and rise to £10,000 (about $15,807) for the Diamond RockStar model, made with 800 VS1 diamonds.

iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy

This iPhone 6 costs a whopping $3.5 million

 iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy

Goldgenie, which specializes in high-end customizations of high-tech products, is launching the 24K Gold iPhone 6 Diamond Ecstasy limited edition just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The exclusive phone costs between £10,000 and £2.3 million ($15,300 and $3.5 million) depending on the number of diamonds in the case.

The Diamond Ecstasy collection includes versions of the iPhone 6 covered in 24ct yellow gold, rose gold or platinum, all set with diamonds, of course.


Each model is made to order and priced according to the quantity of diamonds desired. Gift givers can opt to have a personal message laser-engraved on the back of the case.

Goldgenie is not the only company offering a luxury edition of Apple’s latest smartphone ahead of Valentine’s Day. Alexander Amosu has presented an exclusive pink iPhone 6, which was produced in a limited edition of just 10 devices priced at £1,899 each (around $2,850).

pink iPhone 6

Amosu launches pink iPhone for Valentine’s Day

pink iPhone 6

‘s luxury accessories brand is touting the world’s first pink iPhone 6, produced in a very limited edition of 10 units just in time for Valentine’s Day. The smartphone costs £1,899 (around $2,850).

For this special edition, rather than decking out Apple’s latest smartphone in diamonds and gold, Amosu simply chose to update the case with a new and exclusive color.


Of course, those who prefer a little more bling can always opt for the rose gold version, which is available for £2,499 (around $3,750).

Amosu Couture also offers a pink iPhone 5. Just as romantic as the more up-to-date version, this model will only set you back £1,499 ($2,250).

Goldgenie launches year of the goat iPhone


To help celebrate the Chinese New Year in style, Goldgenie is making a limited edition gold-plated iPhone 6 complete with laser-engraved graphics and a cherry oak display case.

Goldgenie plans to make 99 examples of the customized handset, each of which will be stamped with a number indicating its place in the series.

As well as a 24K gold coating, each phone’s rear panel will be laser engraved with a specially designed Chinese goat symbol. Clients will be able to specify the iPhone 6 with up to 128GB of on-board storage.

Year of the Goat iPhone

The handset will retail for €3164.40 but expect example number 8 to start a bidding war, considering the number’s significance as a symbol of luck, good health and fortune in Chinese culture.

Although the Year of the Goat doesn’t officially start until February 19, the handset is already available to order via Goldgenie’s website.

Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

Luxury phone manufacturer  has introduced a new model covered in alligator leather and white diamonds. The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator is available for €8,900 (around $10,550).

This new high-end model from the Vertu Aster collection comes with 55 white diamonds adorning its stainless steel case. The back of the case is covered in red alligator leather and features a polished titanium plate.

The smartphone’s 4.7-inch screen (1080p) is protected by a sapphire crystal glass. Each device is made by hand and is therefore said to be entirely unique.

The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator is an Android KitKat phone equipped with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 64GB of internal memory.

There are two cameras: one with 2.1MP and the other with 13MP, autofocus and double flash. The smartphone is 4G and NFC compatible.

For the same price, Vertu also offers the Aster Diamonds Black Alligator, which is decked out in 33 black diamonds and 22 white ones, along with black alligator leather on the back.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

A gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha

Samsung Galaxy Alpha by Goldgenie

Goldgenie, a British company specializing in device customization, has added a 24-carat gold-plated Samsung Galaxy Alpha to its offering.

Over the Galaxy Alpha’s polycarbonate shell, Goldgenie has added a 24-carat gold veneer with a thickness of between five and ten microns.


Underneath, the technical specs of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha are unchanged, from its 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen to its octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. The device is 4G ready and has 32GB of storage, enough to let users take advantage of its 12MP camera.

Presented in an exclusive cherry oak finish box, the glitzy smartphone costs €1,997 (around $2,500). For the same price, Goldgenie also offers a gold-plated Samsung Galaxy S5. The company has also given the Midas touch to various iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry models.

iphone 6 gold

Gold iPhone 6 already up for sale

iphone 6 gold

As anticipation builds about the rumored launch of Apple’s latest iPhone, the only thing that is certain is that it will be available in 24ct gold.

The  24ct Gold iPhone 6 is already available to order even if the standard iPhone 6 isn’t.

It can be specified in either yellow or rose gold, with your name engraved on its back and with a crocodile or python skin case.


The British-based designer was the first to offer an iPhone in gold back in 2007 and clearly doesn’t want to take any chances with the latest iteration of Apple’s smartphone, opening the order books and sending out renders of what the finished handset will look like based on rumors and leaks.

The standard iPhone 6 is expected to boast a 4.7-inch display and more rounded corners, and will be going on sale to the public on September 19.


Although we have yet to confirm Apple’s price for the new smartphone, Amosu’s version will run you a cool £2,400 ($3,900).

Amosu, whose clients include Snoop Dogg and Lily Allen, also does a line in gold-plated and diamond-encrusted Android and BlackBerry handsets.

Mobiado Gustav Klimt phone

A luxury phone pays homage to Gustav Klimt

Mobiado Gustav Klimt phone

After paying tribute to Piet Mondrian and Vincent Van Gogh, luxury phone manufacturer Mobiado has turned its attention to Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, a key representative of the Art Nouveau movement in Vienna.

The smartphone’s brass casing is plated in 24K gold, calling to mind the dominant hue in many of Klimt’s paintings. But the most surprising feature is found underneath the case: the inside of the battery cover features a miniature reproduction of Klimt’s famous “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.”

Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I

Underneath its arty and luxurious appearance, the Professional 3 DC smartphone actually has very limited technical specs.


The double-SIM, 3G-ready device has a 2.4-inch screen (320×240 pixels), two cameras and a micro SD slot.

Mobiado Dream Color Series

 has not announced the price of the model nor the number of phones to be produced in this limited series.

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Vertu and Bentley embark on smartphone collaboration

vertu flagship store ginza

Luxury phone manufacturer  announced it has signed a five-year contract with car maker Bentley.

The first “Vertu for Bentley” phone is expected to debut in October, kicking off a series of five different models to be launched over five years.

The new phones will be developed jointly by the Vertu and Bentley design teams. Users will have access to exclusive Bentley content through an integrated app that will come pre-installed on the devices.


Bentley CEO

The partnership is expected to be backed by a joint marketing campaign, with Vertu working closely with Bentley during several international events.

Today, the Vertu brand is distributed in over 500 stores located across 66 countries. The manufacturer is known for its luxury phones such as the Signature Touch and the Constellation, which are sold for several thousand dollars and are often covered in gold or embedded with diamonds.


Mobiado honors Piet Mondrian

Mobile phone company MOBIADO has launched a design-led, limited edition handset to mark the birthday of Dutch artist Piet Mondrian on March 7.

Mobiado Professional 3 DC Piet Mondrian

The hand-painted ‘Professional 3 DC – Piet Mondrian’ is the first in the brand’s new Dream Color series. It features a contemporary interpretation of the modernist’s artwork, imitating his use of asymmetry and his simplified pictorial expression.

As one of the founders of the Dutch modern movement, Mondrian is known for his striking color palette of fundamental basics and his linear and rectangular forms. In the 1920s this resulted in the creation of his best known artworks such as his “Composition A” painting.

Composition A painting

The Professional 3 DC is made from aircraft aluminum, anodized to produce a rock hard ceramic coating and hand-painted by an artist. Large sapphire crystal plates have been inset into the aluminum body and are combined with buttons and screws created from stainless steel.

A miniature reproduction of “Composition A” has been painted within the battery cover. The replica of the original artwork on the inside creates a perfect symmetry with the modern interpretation on the outside.


constellation android 2013

The Vertu Constellation: a $6600 Android phone

vertu constellationphone 2013

Once upon a time, the Vertu phone was the epitome of smartphone luxury, thanks to its 24/7 concierge hotline, which essentially made it an American Express black card that could make phone calls.

As such, just like the BlackBerry for businessmen, it quickly became the must-have gadget for socialites and sports stars alike. It might not have had the best camera or the richest display but where most handsets featured plastics, Vertu’s featured stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold and even carbon fibre.

But just like with BlackBerry, something called the iPhone came along and changed everything. Here was a phone that was desirable because it looked good and offered easy access to the internet and then to a multitude of apps, not because it was gold-plated, and Vertu, like its then-parent company, Nokia had to go back to the drawing board.

Today the company exists as an independent business and its latest handsets, like those that went before, put build quality above internal specifications, but Symbian has made way for Android, and the concierge service has got an update with a host of exclusive tailored and curated content and offers to invite-only and secret events from a number from a number of Vertu partners.

And the latest Vertu handset, the Constellation, is no exception. It can’t compete with other flagship Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIV in terms of performance — it boasts a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor and 32GB of internal storage– but the phone’s chassis is made not from plastics but from titanium which is stronger, lighter and more expensive than steel.

Then there’s the 4.3-inch 720p display which on its own isn’t exceptional, but what does make it much better is the fact that is covered by a sheet of sapphire glass. Even its case, available in a range of not so subtle colors is cut from the finest quality calfskin. The Constellation retails for €4,900 or $6630.

Kenzo pouch for Google Nexus 7 tablet

Kenzo creates a bespoke case for the Nexus 7

Kenzo pouch for Google Nexus 7 tablet

In honor of Paris Fashion Week, Kenzo and Google have teamed up to present a colorful case designed especially for the Nexus 7 tablet. In turn, the internet giant will stream a live broadcast of the Kenzo runway show on Google+ next Sunday, September 29.

Tailored to fit the Nexus 7 perfectly, the Kenzo pouch is made of PVC and covered by one of the ribbons from the brand’s Fall collection. The inside is lined with soft velvet to protect Google’s tablet.

Fashion-conscious Nexus 7 owners can purchase the limited edition case from October through Kenzo’s French e-boutique at the price of €85 (around $115).

For its side of the partnership, Google will bring Kenzo’s Spring/Summer 2014 runway show to the internet. This September 29, fashion fans are invited to follow the behind the scenes action from 7:00am CEST (1:00am EDT) and the runway presentation from 10:00am CEST (4:00am EDT).

The entire show will be streamed live through Kenzo’s Google+ page and through YouTube!

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu and Ferrari partner on a new smartphone

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu has expanded its Ti line with a luxury smartphone whose design was inspired by the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. A limited edition of 2,013 smartphones will be produced and sold.

The new Vertu Ti Ferrari is the result of a close collaboration between the luxury phone maker and the luxury sportscar brand. Ferrari has supplied some of the red and black leather used in the seats of its sports cars for the leather accents along the smartphone’s casing. Vertu, in turn, has treated and conditioned the leather to ensure it will withstand the constant handling a smartphone is subject to.

The smartphone’s casing is made of diamond-like carbon (DLC), a lightweight material ten times stronger than stainless steel, which Ferrari uses to protect its motors from extreme heat and friction.

The back of the device is modeled after the aerodynamic lines of the F12 berlinetta, while the position of the supercar’s headlights is echoed in the position of the phone’s camera.

The Vertu Ti Ferrari’s feature set is not particularly impressive. Equipped with a 3.7-inch screen, an 8MP photo camera at the back and a 1.3MP front camera for video chats, the smartphone runs under Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is equipped with Bluetooth, wifi and 3G+ connectivity.

The start screen of the Vertu Ti Ferrari features the signature colors of the famous Italian car maker, and the Vertu for Ferrari App provides access to the latest Ferrari news from the brand’s social network pages and the automotive trade press.

The on-screen clock is modeled after the F12berlinetta’s tachometer, and the four available ringtones purr with the sound of the grand tourer’s V12 engine. Pricing has not yet been announced.

David Koma HTC One Mini

David Koma signs limited-edition phone

David Koma HTC One Mini

The rising star of the London fashion scene has collaborated with HTC to create two special-edition versions of the One Mini handset. The phones are so exclusive in fact that they won’t be going on sale.

The only way for anyone to get their hands on them is to enter a Twitter-based competition and submit a self-created artwork based on or inspired by one of Koma’s designs and addressing the subject of change, something the designer claims is integral to his own work.

And the entry had better be good because Koma himself is judging the competition and there are a total number of 10 handsets available.

The One Mini is already a rather well considered and executed handset and one adored by Android purists and technophiles; the addition of Koma’s abstract monochrome designs is no doubt going to increase their desirability among fashionistas. Of the two designs, one is a continuation of the themes Koma explored in his autumn/winter 2013 collection, while the other is a hint of what to expect when he showcases his spring/summer 2014 collection on September 14 during London Fashion Week.

The overall winner of the competition will also receive a signed print of the drawing on which the designs are based. The competition, which will be hosted by HTC’s UK Twitter account, @htc_uk, will run September 4-23, and to take part, entrants need to use the hashtag #htckoma.

Vertu Ti comes to India

vertu ti

Just three months after its European release, the exclusive handcrafted Vertu Ti smartphone is officially on sale in India.

Priced at an eye-watering Rs 649990, (€9000) the titanium-bodied Android phone is targeted at celebrities and VIPs and is therefore built more around features than performance — chief among these being its Vertu Key lifestyle services.

These services include a 24/7 concierge, exclusive editorial content, city guides and special, exclusive events and experiences, curated for the user based on his or her passions and preferences.

The phone is, at its base, an Android smartphone that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, a version of the operating system that is already nearly two years old and therefore isn’t optimized for the latest apps. Still, it does have one or two standard specifications to make other smartphone owners envious including its use of sapphire glass to protect its display, rather than Gorilla Glass.

The strongest substance currently available for glassmaking, it is virtually scratch-proof and is so tough it is used in the manufacture of body armor. However, it is still too expensive for mainstream smartphone manufacturers to use in large quantities.

The Vertu TI also offers 64GB of internal storage, meaning that it has been designed for the long term — there will always be space for apps and photos no matter how large they continue to get.


Vertu launches world’s costliest Android smartphone

vertu ti

Vertu, the world’s leading provider of luxury mobile phones, has launched Vertu Ti, a new contemporary smartphone powered by Android. The Google Android operating system is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which although isn’t the latest version, is upgradeable in the future.

The 8-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p video, plus there is a 1.3-megapixel video call lens above the screen, NFC, and 64GB of internal storage memory.

Based around a titanium case, Vertu Ti also uses leather accents as well as the largest sapphire crystal screen ever engineered at 3.7 inches.

The sapphire crystal renders the screen virtually scratch proof and it is tested to be four times stronger than other smart phones in terms of impact resistance

The handmade Vertu Ti starts at $9,600, with a more expensive rose gold-trimmed model that sells for a whopping $19,900.


First Vertu Android smartphone leaked early

First Vertu Android smartphone

The first pictures and specification details have emerged of the Ti, the first handset built by luxury smartphone maker Vertu, since Nokia sold the company in October.

The Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a WVGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, is NFC compatible and supports Bluetooth 4.0.

What’s more, it is expected to retail for a ‘mere’ €3000 — making it one of the most expensive Android handsets on the market but by no means the most expensive Vertu handset ever dreamed up.

The company became famous for its exclusive handsets that incorporated expensive materials including carbon fibre, titanium, leather and even gold, and with its always-on concierge service, Vertu established the market for luxury smartphones.

However, since the brand’s heyday, other companies, most notably Ulysse Nardin Chairman, whose handsets combine the best elements of a smartphone with the best of a handcrafted Swiss chronograph, have pushed Vertu off its perch.

Although the company is no longer part of Nokia, the innards of the smartphone have been provided by the Finnish company, so technically speaking, the Vertu Ti is Nokia’s first Android phone.