The new TAG Heuer Link Android-powered smartphone looks like an ultimate toy for a teenage start-up millionaire: in the most expensive trim it offers you one of the geekiest phone operating systems in a blingy 18-carat rose gold case adorned with diamonds and precious leather.
Well, it looks like TAG Heuer actually heard our call to bring us a real smart phone that would be worth its price.
Yesterday, the Swiss watchmaking brand has officially extended its line of luxury mobile phones with the new TAG Heuer Link smart phone that will possibly be offered as a more advanced gadget compared to their well-known Meridiist model.
Presented in a formidable case 118 millimeters in height, 67 millimeters in width and 16.60 millimeters in depth, this seems to be the first ever luxury phone that features not only precious case and an eye-popping price tag, but also offers an advanced operating system.
In this particular case it is Android 2.2 Froyo that in the foreseeable future can potentially be officially upgraded to an even newer operating system from Google.
The system’s interface can be operated via a 3.5-inch TFT screen that has a very formidable resolution of 800*480 pixels (matches that of the recently presented Samsung i9100 Galaxy S II flagship) and offers a color depth of whole 16 million hues.
As usual, the device is presented in a wide choice of basic materials -the most affordable model comes in 316L surgical-grade stainless steel, while more expensive versions will be available in titanium and even 18-carat rose gold- and trims.
According to the Swiss brand, the smart phone can be adorned with diamonds, as well as padded with rubber, carbon fiber, and at least three sorts of leather: calfskin, alligator and lizard.
Unlike the famous Ulysse Nardin Chairman model, the gadget doesn’t have a mechanical charging system and therefore the “winding crown” that you can see at the left side of the chunky case is here mainly for decorative purposes.
However, it still does its share of the job as a part of a “unique” AutoLock system that protects the SIM card and memory card slots not only from dust, but also from water.
Yes, the phone is claimed to be not only shock-resistant, but also waterproof. I wouldn’t recommend you go diving with the Link, but it looks like the phone can survive a short exposure to water that would prove to be catastrophic for a vast majority of other devices.
Well, the new TAG Heuer Link looks like a nice gadget. My only complaint here (besides the price) is that the device is not particularly light.
Even the version in stainless steel tips the scales at hefty 200 grams and the one in rose gold will surely be even heavier making it difficult to carry the phone in your shirt pocket. Well, that’s the price you pay for buying the blingy stuff.
Photos: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Link smartphone specification
Price: €4700 (for the entry-level model in stainless steel)
Operating system: Android 2.2 Froyo
Connectivity: Stereo Bluetooth, AGPS, Wifi, WAPI, Compatible with any SIM card
Standards: Edge & HSUPA (3G); 4 Band GSM/Tri Band WCDMA
Battery: Li-lon 1400mAh
Talk time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Standby time: Up to 330 hours
Music play time: 11 hours
Camera: 5 megapixels, Auto Focus
Case material: 18-carat Rose gold / 316L Stainless steel / Titanium
Weight: 200 grams
Trim: Diamonds / Black PVD steel / Rubber / Calfskin leather / Carbon fiber / Alligator leather / Lizard leather
AutoLock “Crown” material: Matching case
Case dimensions: 118mm (Height) x 67mm (Width) x 16.6mm (Depth)
Screen: 3.5-inch TFT, 800*480 pixels @ 16 million colors
Glass: Hardened “Gorilla Glass”
Case back: Leather and Metal