Giorgio Armani and Samsung have unveiled a $1,000 luxury mobile phone. The legendary fashion designer explained that the high-end device "combined beauty with function" in a simple and timeless way.
"Today more than ever, elegant dressing is part of daily business life. When Samsung asked me to design the new business and lifestyle smartphone I decided to use my fashion aesthetic to create it," said Armani.
"I simply aim to create a smartphone which is not only an elegant tool but also functional and useful, perfect for today's managers. The result is a unique smartphone perfectly suited to every moment of one's business and private day."
The phone, which would make even the Great Gatsby blush, features a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch-screen, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 and a QWERTY keyboard hybrid. The device also offers 7.2Mbps HSDPA, WiFi access, Bluetooth, FM Radio, TV-Out, GPS navigation, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of internal memory (expandable to 32GB).
An obviously pleased Samsung VP JK Shin added that the gilded phone was proof of the company's commitment to offering customers "cutting-edge technology" along with "exclusive" design and fashion.
"We are delighted to have reached another threshold in the collaboration between Giorgio Armani and Samsung Electronics," gushed Shin. "This latest-generation mobile masterfully combines our experience in technology with a design from one of the world's best known designers and the functions offered by Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system."