Nokia announces Oro luxury model made by 18 carat gold

26 May 2011 by
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Nokia has announced the Nokia Oro made by 18 carat gold and leather. The Symbian smartphone has a sapphire crystal home key and AMOLED display

Nokia Oro in Gold 

The Nokia Oro (Oro means gold in italian) is a smartphone running on the dying Symbian Anna operating system. It has a 3.5 inch AMOLED touch display, a home key mad of sapphire crystal. The Oro comes with a special edition of the Nokia J Bluetooth headset also having a 18 carat gold plating. Two colours will be available. They are called Nokia Oro Light and Nokia Oro Dark. The backside of the phone has a leather wrapping to keep the cost down. From the press images, it seems like buyers of this phone also will be able to have a monochrome theme in real gold.

Nokia Oro has a GPS receiver and it will be shipped with Ovi Maps for car and pedestrian navigation. But those buying such expensive handset will probably not be flashing the device in public just to find quickest way to La Rambla street.

Nokia allready owns Vertu. A manufacture of luxury mobile phones. The Nokia Oro brand will compete directly with the Vertu brand.

Nokia Oro highlights

  • Networks: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps
  • Weight: 132 gram
  • Size: 117.3 x 57.5 x 12.2 mm
  • Display: 3.5 inch AMOLED 360 x 640 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording 
  • OS: Symbian Anna
  • 350 MB memory available to user. 8 GB storage. Expandable with microSD card up to 32 GB
  • NFC
  • Compass
  • aGPS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Standby time: 27 days, talktime 9.6 hours

The Nokia Oro will be available in third quarter 2011 to customers in China, Europe, middle east and Russia. If you can't wait until July and have too much money laying around, an alternative is to buy a mobile phone from Stuart Hughes. They will wrapp gold and diamonds around your iPhone 4, Blackberry and Bang & Olufsen as well as older Nokia models.

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julias13 years, 1 month ago
Isn't that just a gold painted Nokia C7?
Indiandawg13 years, 1 month ago
Luxury phone running outdated OS, seems like Nokia thinks luxury consumers as dumb sh*t.
We a consumer pays a hefty amount it's not just the glitter show but also keep up with current market trend.
They could have at least got MeeGo.
PeterKay13 years, 1 month ago
what a load of.......
jplacson13 years, 1 month ago
Doesn't this conflict with their Vertu line to begin with? Wasn't the whole idea of founding Vertu, to form a luxury brand that didn't have a "cheap for the masses" name like Nokia attached to it?
mode13 years, 1 month ago
They've gone mad... and Sony Ericsson is reaping all the benefits, muahahaha...
Marly13 years, 1 month ago

On 2011-05-26 19:24:36, Indiandawg wrote:
We a consumer pays a hefty amount it's not just the glitter show but also keep up with current market trend.

Not neccessarily, some people aren't interested in the OS of a phone, they just want a phone that not everybody else has, look at Vertu : twice as expensive and not even a smartphone, there's a Nokia 6230 underneath.
jplacson13 years, 1 month ago
Marly, that's my point. Didn't Nokia create Vertu for this exact purpose? So that people with money that wanted a unique phone could get one?
What's the point of getting a plain old gold plated Nokia? Anyone with a little cash can have that done... anyone with no shame can get a cheaper knock-off China replacement case that looks exactly the same.
Vertu was supposed to detach itself from the 'mass market' name Nokia just to give its customers that exclusivity that the name Nokia couldn't
Vhany13 years, 1 month ago
WoW... that's something else, my opiniion here is that, phones are getting cheaper by day, they need to come up with something more acceptable out there, by adding gold covers it will catch someone's eyes as well as their pockets.
Yeep Yeep nokia, here you go. Connection People(with Oro)
mlife13 years, 1 month ago
I actually don't think this is such a crazy idea.... I just wish they would have used the N8 and offered it in the USA.

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