Sirin Labs, an Israeli startup launched Solarin, an Android-based smartphone as a product. As dubbed as Rolls Royce of smartphones, its price is 14,000 USD, over ten folds as costly as a modern luxury smartphone.
According to Sirin Labs, Solarin equips 2 GHz processor, 23.8-megapixel camera, 5.5-inch touch panel with 2K resolution, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB storage, and 4,400mAh battery. These specs are superior to almost other smartphones currently available. In spite of excellent functions, its weight is only 250 g.
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Solarin looks attractive. It adopts some leather parts which will contribute to the gorgeous feeling of the owners.
So what? To be honest, I dare not to want it. It is not due to its cost. If I could buy it for 1,400 USD, my opinion would not change.
Nowadays, the smartphone should be deemed as a commodity. Every gadget will be outdated within a few years. Solarin’s spec is actually cool, but only at present. Next year, we will be able to get more functional and fashionable smartphone with lower cost. After all, it will be only within a year when Solanin’s spec is attractive. It is ridiculous to throw much money to only a little better functions.
Then, what I want for a luxury smartphone? The service.
If I pay thousands of dollars for a smartphone, I expect better user experiences. They cannot be achieved with current function of Android. Instead, if a concierge always accepts my request, I will be satisfied. Although Siri, Cortana, and Google Now have much better performance compared to the past, the human concierge is much superior to match the needs of each consumer. The 14,000 USD is equal to the annual salary of a part-time telephone operator.
I think it is good for smartphone providers to establish a system of personal concierges, such as credit card companies. Some rich and elder people are not accustomed to handling a smartphone. They will choose to call for a concierge rather than learning the way to gain best results of an internet search.
As far as I read, Solarin users cannot utilize such a service, I am sorry.