The Rolls-Royce of Smartphones Can Be Yours in 2016 for 10 grand

Fancy a device that’s dubbed as the “Rolls-Royce of smartphones” and will set you back by nearly $10,000 ? The “most advanced mobile device with highest privacy settings” is not being built in the US or China but in a quiet corner in Israel.

Called “Solarin,” the high-end smartphone is set to be rolled out May-end by Sirin Labs, a Tel Aviv-based startup that recently raised $72 million to make what it bills as the “Rolls-Royce of smartphones”, technology website reported.

According to Sirin Labs, it was to “create the most advanced mobile device that combined the highest privacy settings, operated faster than any other phone, built with the best materials from around the world.”

The company’s first smartphone may be launched at a dedicated retail store in London – “the natural home of the Sirin Labs’ customer,” according to the company.

A Vertu Store in Prague. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The luxury smartphone is not new. In 2006, Nokia launched a $310,000 “Signature Cobra” device in 2006 and the $5,000 “Constellation” smartphone in 2011.

In 2012, Nokia dropped luxury phone brand maker Vertu. After leaving Nokia, Vertu launched its first Android device “Vertu Ti”.

According to media reports, the pricey Solarin has a dual-core 1.7GHz processor along with 1GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

According to Sirin Labs, its high-end device will first go on sale on its e-commerce site and the firm plans to open additional retail stores across Europe, North America and Asia soon.