Luxurious Nokia Oro handset launches

Back in December of last year, the Nokia C7 smartphone got a two-star rating off us, the Symbian^3 operating system being the catalyst of its downfall. It's a pretty good example of just why Nokia has teamed up with Microsoft for future phones. Why are we telling you this? Because essentially, the Nokia Oro is the same phone.

But it has one major difference – bling. This is the phone for anyone who wants to shout their wealth whilst walking down the street. It's not the most advanced phone around, but it leaves no one in doubt about the size of your bank balance. It is 'crafted from 18 carat gold', as well as being 'wrapped in finest quality leather', with a home key made of sapphire crystal and a toughened glass display, should you have a temper tantrum. There's even a special edition of the Nokia J Bluetooth headset which is also clad in gold. If bling is what you want, it's here by the bucketload.

Of course, it's a phone too, with the Anna version of Symbian, 8GB of built-in memory (plus microSD card expansion), an eight-megapixel camera with dual-flash and HD video recording, apps via the Ovi Store, Ovi Maps, web TV and a music player.

It's looking to launch in the third quarter of 2011. If style comes above substance for you (and if you think this is stylish), a price of €800 has been quoted.

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