Tonino Lamborghini launches £2,500 'performance smartphone'

Antares won't be available in the UK until spring 2014
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Tonino Lamborghini has launched a new limited edition smartphone.

The $4,000 (around £2,500) Antares 'performance smartphone' will first be available from December this year in Russia and China. It will launch in the UK, Italy and the US from spring 2014.

It's aimed at the 'Techno-Luxury' mobile segment, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, has scratch proof Gorilla Glass four-inch HD screen and has been designed exclusively for Tonino Lamborghini.

Lamborghini may be known for manufacturing Italian supercars but Tonino Lamborghini is actually a separate company, and is not linked to the group Automobile Lamborghini holding S.p.A or the Automobil car company.

The 13.5mm-thick Antares has a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory and a MicroSD card slot with up to 32 GB (included). The sound system is provided by an in-built Yamaha amplifier and speakers. Antares also has a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras with full HD 1080p video.

A unique serial number appearing on the back of every phone, which comes in its own solid aluminum box. 

Tonino Lamborghini says the Antares is "the first in a series of new and unique mobile solutions from Tonino Lamborghini aimed at successful independent people searching for a unique identity and luxury items with genuine character and true performance".

“Today I am excited to announce the launch of a brand new Tonino Lamborghini smartphone," said Tonino Lamborghini, President of the brand and coordinator of the Tonino Lamborghini Centro Stile - design centre - in Bologna.

"For 30 years I have been making premium accessories, so today I accept a new challenge: to give my customers a performance smartphone with a stunning design and finish."

Gianluca Filippi, CEO of the Tonino Lamborghini Group, added: “Antares is designed to match instantly recognisable Italian flair with great performance and stunning materials. Together these qualities speak to our exclusive design heritage, one that communicates the spirit of the ‘Raging Bull’ that adorns our crest.

"The phone’s body is sculpted from leather and stainless steel creating a vibrant and attractive finish. The beautiful screen is coated with impregnable Gorilla Glass and the chassis is furnished with exquisite leather that comes in several alluring colour schemes for both men and women.”

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