Eat your heart out, Apple - the Bellperre Touch smartphone has a 4.9-inch sapphire crystal screen, touch-thru-leather tech
Meanwhile, Vertu and Bellperre - a Dutch brand that prides itself on "timeless luxury phones" - already made sapphire happen. Of course, it is much easier to splurge on sapphire coating when you are selling a limited number of luxury handsets to the affluent, but in Bellperre's defense, sourcing enough crystal for a production run of 4.9-inch smartphones is no small feat!
That strip of leather below the screen? It's touch-sensitive.Its 720p Super-AMOLED screen with premium glass covering aside, the Bellperre Touch has plenty of things going on for itself. Its built out of corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel and either Buffalo leather or American Alligator skin - whatever you choose. All of this makes for a shatter and fire-resistant smartphone that will be produced in a whopping 73 colors! Oh, and that strip of leather below the screen? It's touch-sensitive - we take it there are capacitive keys or sensors underneath that act as Android's navigation buttons do.
As for processing grunt, this blue-blooded beast comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of internal storage. It supports NFC, Bluetooth, and LTE, while an 8MP main camera and a 1.9MP front cam take care of photographs.
Price-wise, this one is actually on the low-end tier for luxury devices, at just about $3000 for the Buffalo leather version and $3430 for the Alligator Skin. While it doesn't scream "I'm rich!" quite as in your face as a $20,000 Vertu does, this is one finely hand-crafted piece of mobile technology.
via Luxury Launches