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So you’re thinking of rocking to a Windows Mobile smartphone, but am not sure on just which handset to settle upon? Gresso from Russia has the solution which might answer your prayers by offering the “Sol Steel” and “Luna Steel” that will retail for approximately $5,500 each. The cases themselves are made out of luxurious materials according to Gresso, including 200-year-old African Blackwood, sapphire crystal glass, steel, and titanium. Now that’s luxury if I ever saw one. Good thing no diamonds were thrown into the fray as that would’ve definitely put this out of reach for most people, but that isn’t to say every Tom, Dick and Harry has $5,500 to spare in their bank account in the first place.
The company obviously doesn’t expect its buyers to be geeks, but provides a few technical specifications nonetheless. Not unlike proletarian devices, the Sol Steel and Luna Steel run Windows Mobile 6.0. An unspecified processor is provided with 64MB of RAM and 2GB of flash storage. Meanwhile, the screen, whose size is not specified, has QVGA (320 x 240) resolution.
Telephony is tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz) GSM, and the devices also include Bluetooth 1.2 and two megapixel cameras. They can also play MIDI, WMA, WAV, AVI, ASF, and WMV files via Windows Media Player, says Gresso.
A more distinctive aspect of the Luna Steel (above) and Sol Steel (right) is their cases, said to be made of African Blackwood that is more than 200 years old. Aircraft-quality steel, polished and titanium-coated, is used for the phone’s back panels and keyboard areas.
Meanwhile, the display is protected via the type of sapphire crystal glass used in high-end watches. Another touted feature is a magnetic lock for the battery cover, said to improve reliability and ease of use.
There is only a small difference between the Luna Steel and the Sol Steel. The Sol features raised keys executed in steel, while the Luna has a flat keyboard decorated with laser-cut legends. In a claim unlikely to be disputed, Gresso says this is the first Windows Mobile phone to use Roman numerals on its keys.
Technical features and specifications provided by Gresso include:
* Processor — unspecified
* Memory — 64MB RAM and 2GB flash
* Operating system — Windows Mobile 6.0
* Display — Size unspecified, but features 320 x 240 resolution and sapphire crystal
* Camera — 2 megapixel
* Wireless interfaces:
o WAN — Tri-band GSM (900/18001900MHz)
o PAN — Bluetooth 1.2
* Other I/O — USB for PC synchronization
* Expansion — none specified
* Battery type/life:
o 1100mAh lithium-ion battery
o 4 hours talk time
o 150 hours standby
* Dimensions — 4.7 x 1.9 x 0.6 inches (119 x 48 x 14mm)
The Sol Steel and Luna Steel are available now, priced at 3,500 Euros (approximately $5,500), according to Gresso. Previous Sol and Luna models, which used gold instead of steel for their keypads, remain available at 7,000 and 5,000 Euros, respectively.