CNET First Look
Up close with the $16,000 luxury Solarin phoneWe get our hands on the Solarin phone from Sirin Labs. This luxury handset mixes security software with premium materials but charges a hell of a lot for it.
You got a spare ten grand to drop on a phone? Then the Solarin by Sirin Labs might be the thing for you. It's a new phone and I only just got it in my hands. In fact, you join me in my studio where I'm taking some photos of it. Let's take a quick look though at what this phone is all about. Now, for that money you'd of course be right to expect some premium materials. We've got titanium here on the side We've got leather on the back that's been designed to give it a bit of a carbon fiber look. Here, we've got a finger print scanner which is the power button as well. A 24 megapixel camera and a 4 tone flash. Now above that though is this switch which is crucial to everything that this phone is about. At its heart, it's Android, but flick this switch and it goes into a security lockdown mode. And encrypt all your calls and text between you and other Solaris phone users. Why do you want that? Well if you're paranoid and don't want the government spying on you, well theres one good reason. Or if of course you are a head of a business, you like talking about all your business secrets with your high paid buddies, and you want those call and texts to remain private then this is something you need to check out. But it will of course have to pay for the privilege. It's gonna be around nine and a half grand in the UK or around $16,000 for those of you in the US. We were only just taking a look at it now, but we'll bring you a lot more information soon.