In yet another perplexing display of a luxury company creating dated technology for ridiculously wealthy people, we have the Mobaido Grand Touch Aston Martin. Never before has two years ago looked so good.
The phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A-8 processor. The 4” touchscreen features a Super-LCD 480 x 800 resolution display. The camera is of fair quality, packing in 5 MP, auto-focus, LED flash, and geo-tagging. There is no front-facing camera. Network speed tops out at 7.2 Mbps HSDPA. The phone is thicker than most smartphones now out on the market, though at 14.4 mm, it’s still not as bulky as it appears in the picture. The website’s advertisement for the phone says something about “Merging state-of-the-art technologies with the tradition of phonemaking innovation.” And so do words lose their meanings.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a luxury phone without the window dressing, and there’s a heart-stopping amount slathered onto the Grand Touch. The phone shines with 139 carats of sapphire crystal, with a white mother-of-pearl inset. The body is CNC machined and made of anodized aluminum. More sapphire can be found in plates making up the back and in the buttons on the side of the phone. Gun metal black stainless steel screws, somehow being touted as a luxury items for reasons I suppose I don’t have enough money to understand, round out the superfluous specs.
The price for the Mobaido Grand Touch Aston Martin is unlisted. That, plus the name Aston Martin, should tell you all the information you need to know about the price of this smartphone. But hey, don’t feel too down if you can’t afford this masterpiece. For a lot less, you can buy a smartphone that is more useful and advanced in almost every way – like, say, almost any mainstream smartphone going on sale this year. Not a bad consolation prize.