The world of luxury smartphones is one typically dominated by form over function. Handsets are built from expensive materials and released in limited numbers at artificially inflated price tags, but their specs and feature sets tend to be more limited than a £400 flagship.
Not so with the Tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite. Or rather, yes a lot of that is probably still true, but it has one killer stand out feature, the ability to self charge.
The Meridiist Infinite has an invisible photovoltaic component built into its sapphire crystal screen, which can generate electricity when the phone is in standby mode. Essentially it’s a form of solar charging, but it works whether under natural or artificial light sources.
The press release from Tag Heuer isn’t very specific about how much energy is actually generated by the phone, simply describing it as a ‘perpetual power reserve,’ but we’d wager you’ll still be plugging it in to a conventional charger from time to time.
That’s if you can even afford to buy one to begin with. No price has been revealed yet, but it’s definitely going to be an if-you-have-to-ask-you-can’t-afford-it sort of thing, as only 1,911 units are being produced and back in 2011 Tag Heuer released a smartphone that sold for almost $7000.
So what do you get for your money other than a neat charging trick and a sapphire crystal screen? Well the Meridiist Infinite is a luxury, if slightly industrial looking device built from carbon fibre, titanium and rubber and it keeps it positively old-school with the inclusion of physical buttons for the numbers 1-9.
The specs haven’t been revealed yet, but we doubt this will be troubling the Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One (M8) from that perspective. Because at the end of the day, innovations or not, this is about having something that no-one else has (or can afford) rather than actually having something good.
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