Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri hands-on


Hearing the name Lamborghini, most people think of some kind of souped-up, exotic car that screams premium. When folks hear the same name in a smartphone, you can only imagine that the same descriptions come to mind. Well, we managed to get a quick hands-on look at the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri at the Luxury Technology Show held in New York City. The handset in question, featured alongside an actual Lamborghini at the showroom floor, is no doubt an exotic thing in the smartphone space.

Frankly, the smartphone is all about the design, aesthetics, and premium choice of materials, since the specs don’t really push the limits in any sort of way. To tell you the truth, it’s hard to realize if there are any inspirations taken from the car – though, we can attest that it’s sporting an aggressive look. In particular, the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri flaunts a hard-lined, angular design. Naturally, there’s a premium touch in the form of its choice of materials.

The two versions we’re able to scope out are ornately designed with 0.5mm thick leather, one that feels pretty good in the hand – while on the other, it’s able to repel smudges and fingerprints. Now, one particular unit employs a steel frame, while the other shines elegantly in gold. Beyond the premium feel and look, there’s also a subtle rugged feel to the phone’s construction – thanks in part to its substantial feel, solid build quality, and weightiness.

As far as the specs are concerned, it features a 5-inch 1080p display, 8-megapixel front-facing camera, 20-meagpixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 3400 mAh battery, 64GB of internal storage, Android 4.4 KitKat, microSD card, and dual-SIM. Some parts seem to be impressive, but as a whole, it’s tough to classify this one in the same space as some of the smartphone elites that exist in the market right now.

All told, it’s priced excessively at around $6,000, which shouldn’t be all too surprising considering it’s bearing the Lamborghini name. Actually, the reason why it’s priced so high is because of the premium choice of materials, each unit is handmade, and only a small fraction of units are produced. Needless to say, it’s the kind of thing that’ll truly stand out if it’s taken out and shown off, but it’s almost tough sell for most consumers.

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