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Meet the ludicrously expensive Lamborghini 88 Tauri smartphone

CES 2015: If you’re in the market for a luxury smartphone, you will be glad to know Tonino Lamborghini has unveiled a new device that costs more than some cars.

The enigmatically-named 88 Tauri is a high-end Android blower that offers a strong spec list, including a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, clocked at up to 2.3GHz per core, and 3GB RAM. To the less geeky, it’s a fast phone.

The 88 Tauri has a 20-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3,400mAh battery, which should deliver up to 35 hours of talktime in 3G areas and 1,000 hours of standby time. Android 4.4 (KitKat) runs the show so not quite the latest and greatest, but close enough.

Tonino Lamborghini’s emphasis has been placed well and truly on the design of the handset. The device, which will be available in black, gold or steel silver, comes with a fetching leather finish in your choice of black, blue, red, orange or brown. No one will miss this phone, make no mistake.

Tonino Lamborghini CEO Gianluca Filippi said: “Mobile phones are such personal devices that someone’s choice of smartphone says a lot about them. 88 Tauri is the latest example of applying the Tonino Lamborghini design philosophy to the accessory we all use the most.

“Uncompromising quality in every detail, down to the stitching, and vibrant colour choices help our devices – and users – to stand out from a sea of too-similar phones.”

Try to avoid getting too attached – prices for the 88 Tauri start at £4,000 and only 1,947 of each colour option will be released to commemorate the 1947 birth year of Tonino Lamborghini himself, founder and present of the company and son of Lamborghini (the supercar maker) founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.

The 88 Tauri follows in the footsteps of the 2013 ‘Antares’, which was another luxury Android device for those with enviably deep pockets.

You can pre-order the 88 Tauri now through Lamborghini Mobile. Before you do, check out our hands-on from the CES 2015 show.


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