Enter the $2000 Gresso Azimuth – a luxury dual-SIM device with outdated specs

Gresso, a Russian mobile phone manufacturer that is mostly popular for releasing luxury devices with extremely outdated specs, just announced its upcoming line of devices - the Gresso Azimuth. It's considered to be the first line of luxury dual-SIM smartphones. Just like previous Gresso devices, such as the Android-powered Radical and the titanium Cruiser, the Azimuth comes with totally unimpressive hardware specifications on board. 

How bad can it be? Let's delve in and find out!

For starters, the Gresso Azimuth is powered by the archaic Nokia S40 feature phone platform, which powers devices such as the Nokia 6300 and the Nokia Asha 200. The Azimuth is toting 2GB of internal memory and a 1.3MP camera on its back. The connectivity department fails to impress, either – the smartphone supports WAP 2.0, GPRS, and EDGE, as well as Bluetooth 2.0. A 1,100mAh battery in the back powers the device, and Gresso claims that it provides 680 hours of standby and 20 hours of talk time.

But the strongest point of the Gresso Azimuth is its premium build. Just like the company's previous handsets, it's made of a single, hand-polished piece of Grade 5 titanium, which is mostly used for medical implants. The front panel, on the other hand, is made of tempered mineral glass and each button of the steel keypad has been manually polished. However, the hate-it-or-love-it design of the device is nothing to write home about, but, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

The Gresso Azimuth comes in three variants – the Azimuth A1, A2, and A3. The only difference between these three is the build material of the small name plate on the front of the device. The one on the Azimuth A1 is made of titanium, whereas the name plates on the A2 and the A3 are made of 18k yellow and white gold, respectively. 

The Gresso Azimuth A1 is priced at $2000, whereas its peers will set you back $2300. Gresso also states that only 999 units of each device will be produced, so if you want to jump on the luxury phone bandwagon, you'll have to be really quick.

source: Gresso via Engadget


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