Smartphones are all the rage in the technical world these days. Everybody and their mother has one, though not all of them are cheap. However, most people justify the cost of a smartphone due to all of the neat and fantastic features that come with buying one.
However, one new ridiculous phone from Aesir, a Danish luxury retailer, transcends all boundaries when it comes to flash, style and absurdity. I am talking, of course, about the new limited edition AE+Y, an 18-carat solid gold handset. That’s right, an 18-carat solid gold cell phone.
If the nearly $60,000 price tag isn’t enough to make you want to gouge your eyes out, then what the phone does just might be. Does this phone do apps? Internet? Email? No, no and no. This $60,000 phone does absolutely none of that fancy tech stuff that a cheaper, $50 smartphone does.
What it does do is speed dial, call forwarding and even calculating thanks to a built-in calculator. The device comes with an LCD screen that measures a huge two inches and the battery can last for an impressive five hours long. Compare that to the 11-hour battery life of the Droid Bionic or the iPhone 4’s 14-hour battery life and the numbers speak for themselves.
However, Aesir claims that it is focusing more on form than function and the company is quick to point out that the edge-to-edge key design is a “first” in the realm of mobile handsets. The barebones user interface of the AE+Y was brought to life by renowned designed Tom Hingston while the phone’s unorthodox keypad is laser-engraved.
It has also been noted by Aesir that the keypad features something known as “advanced LED backlighting”. How this differs from your average everyday LED backlighting is beyond me. I think it goes without saying that the target audience for this phone is the obscenely rich and stupid, but don’t these people want a phone that does something other than look pretty and cost a lot of money?
Needless to say, this is one of the most absurd pieces of technology I have ever seen. Why it exists is beyond me but I can only imagine it is because there is actually a person out there dumb enough to blow this kind of money on this kind of device.
Source: Yahoo! – Luxury retailer introduces solid gold phone with a $60,000 price tag