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Sirin Labs Solarin, $17,000 Smartphone At The Luxury Technology Show

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Luxury Technology Show

The Luxury Technology Show was held on March 23rd in New York. This show gives us insight to the ultra-rich’ approach to technology.  Products from BlueAir, BMW, Luraco, Piaggio, PicoBrew, Yamaha Watercraft and much more was on display.  The one feature most of these products shared are high price tags.

Solarin

One company and product that stood out is the Solarin smartphone from Sirin Labs.  Let’s get the sticker shock out of the way. This phone costs a mere $17,000.00.  With a price tag like that, we, of course, need to know what’s under the hood? What could possibly justify that price point?  Well, how much do you value your security and privacy?

According to Sirin Labs, the Solarin is “aimed at the international business person who carries a lot of sensitive information but doesn’t want to compromise on usability, quality or design, SOLARIN combines advanced technology to make what we believe is the best mobile phone in the world.”

An international business person or not they will need to have deep pockets to afford this baby.

Security and Privacy

Unlike a top of the line, Rolex, the phone is not studded with precious gems or 24 karat gold. The Solarin is a 5.5-inch Android phone that focuses heavily on privacy and security.  Through partnerships with the firms Koolspan and Zimperium, the Solarin smartphone’s appeal to the ultra rich is centered around securing the phone and the data in it. Koolspan is known for its chip-based mobile voice and messaging encryption. Zimperium is known for its mobile threat detection and defense.

A unique feature on this phone is the special switch on the back of the phone that puts it in lockdown.

Under The Hood

Feeling underwhelmed by the inclusion of last year’s Snapdragon 810. The phone runs on Android 5.1. The company claimed the camera is the best in the world but is reported to be slow. This phone is hefty and weighs in at a half pound.  The rest of the phone looks good with a 4,000mAh battery, a 1440p IPS LCD display, 3 speakers, 4 gigs of RAM. 128 GB storage. There is a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone with the power switch. The camera lens and flash are protected with a glass cover. It sports a curved glass front made from Corning Gorilla glass.

Conclusion

Even with its top shelf security I just can’t justify the price for this device.

To quote the Beatles, “Will you walk away From a fool and his money”.

What’s smart about this device is how it separates one from their money. Even if I had wheelbarrows of cash to spare, I would need to walk away from this one.

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