Tag Heuer announces its self-charging cell phone, the Meridiist Infinite
posted by Maxwell R. / Apr 05, 2014, 1:11 AM
The company more commonly known for nice watches and sunglasses also has a luxury line of mobile phones. Like other luxury mobile devices though, Tag’s line-up is all about the flash, catch the eye with premium materials, premium build quality, and charge a boatload of money for it.
Tag Heuer has added a rather neat feature to its latest edition, the Meridiist Infinite, perpetual power. This is not the same as what as premium watches use to keep the gears spinning, that is, motion. Instead, behind the main screen are thin photovoltaic cells which will charge the phone automatically.
The Meridiist Infinite will charge off sunlight, or artificial light, effectively giving the device a standby time of, “forever.” Tag Heuer mobile phones, like the Vertu line of devices, also have an accompanying concierge service to wait at your every beck-and-call.
Technical specs for this device are what you would expect for a feature phone, 2.4-inch LCD screen (320x240) with a secondary display showing additional information. The Meridiist Infinite has 8GB of storage, a 5MP camera, and is an unlocked GSM device. It is made out of titanium and carbon and will be produced in limited quantities, only 1,911 will be made.
The Meridiist Infinite will be available beginning in July at select retailers and jewelers. Bring lots of money, pricing has not been announced but preceding models have started at over $5,000.
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I will get me a razerblade pro, xbox one, lumia 1520, galaxy pro 8.4 with that money plus some other cool gadgets.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 1:19 AM 7
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So, iPhone is overpriced?
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 1:48 AM 2
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IMO all flagships are overpriced except the Nexus 5
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 3:36 AM 11
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It's really hard to judge how overpriced a flagship is when they pour so much money into R&D. Might cost $200 to make a phone. But more than likely they only sell the units to carriers and stores for $400ish. And you have to take a company's overhead into account too.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 10:21 AM 1
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It isn't an exact science but the iPhone is certainly over priced. That is fact. Their R&D budget isn't that high, especially compared to Samsung, Nokia, and possibly LG. The carriers are cut out of the profits. And they are priced higher than all other flagships with much lower specifications. Unless IOS costs a fortune to maintain, they are raping everyone hard.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 12:23 PM 3
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Tag Heuer has always had expensive watches. I wouldnt expect anything else they are behind to be cheap. That said....there are a few other phones that are waaaaay overpriced too, supposedly in the luxury phone category.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 9:33 AM 1
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Innovation from an unlikely source. Coool.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 1:53 AM 4
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Nah. I'd rather have new Macbook Pro, new phone (or two) and a new tablet with that money. Maybe Lumia 1020 also, to take pictures. Some money for apps. Couple of other cool gadgets, and still there would probably be plenty of money.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 1:54 AM 1
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A z2 or s5, a tablet z2, playstation 4(my ps3 getting old, games getting boring).
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 2:42 AM 0
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Didn't Sammy's blue earth did that first? With it's solar panels at the back?
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 7:02 AM 2
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If I'm reading this right, the solar cells are part of the display? If so, I wonder if a type of regenerative charging will take place, drawing energy from the display as it's lit up? It's a stretch, but would be incredible if it does work that way as well as sitting it under a light source.
posted on Apr 05, 2014, 10:05 AM 1
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