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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10 Comments

1. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

and look at $17000 apple watch LOL

7. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

This is only $6000 and offers much better specs.

2. TerryTerius unregistered

I know I'm in the minority for saying this, but I actually like this phone. Yes, I understand it isn't subtle or sleek. But if you are the kind of person that likes Lamborghinis in the first place discreet isn't exactly your thing. I'm not quite sure that it's worth six grand, but considering it is handmade, limited, and uses some fairly expensive materials I'm not surprised either. It is priced for and marketed to the wealthy, which by default means it has no pretensions of being a mass-market device. But like I said, I know I'm likely in the minority for actually liking this phone. I just believe that anyone looking for this kind of device in the first place is far more concerned about aesthetics then anything else, kind of like people who bought Lamborghinis up until very recently. Insofar as cues from Lamborghini, the inspiration is clear in the angular design which is somewhat reminiscent of an Aventador or all the wedge shaped exotics they've made since the Countach.

5. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I like it too... This one is for those people who can afford Lambos anyway, so yeah. Doesn't it look like it's water-proof to you??

8. TerryTerius unregistered

That was one of the first things I thought when I saw it, shame I haven't read about it being so anywhere. But it would be nearly impossible to do so if they're using leather, since it would inevitably be damaged even if the phones innards were okay.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yeah...water don't work well with pure leather.

3. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Front reminds me of the Nokia n8

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

And Motorola Droid Razr too

4. BigBoss10

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 31, 2012

Ugly.......

9. JeanMouloud

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Except that when you buy a Lamborghini (a car), it's "exotic" outside but also amazing inside. That phone completely missed the "inside" part......

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