Last year a smartphone came up called the ” Solarin ” which was priced heavily at $14,000 (or more than $16,000 with taxes). Recently, the company has been facing a lot of troubles and it appears that Sirin Labs have laid off a third of its staff.
The Solarin was launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 which was running on Android Lollipop. Its main drawback was its secure mode, where only encrypted messaging and outgoing phone calls were allowed, but such features exist in other phones, too.
Companies like Gresso and Vertu have trying to launch Ultra-expensive phones for a very long time and have managed to gather some audience. What’s different is the target user: where other high-priced phone makers choose style over substance, adorning their devices with high-quality leather and gemstones, Sirin Labs hoped it could capture the untapped market of rich privacy buffs, but failed in the execution.
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While initial reports claimed the Solarin itself was discontinued, Sirin Labs claims it will continue producing the device for at least a year, and will also support its existing users. However, after laying off 30 of its 90-people staff, it soon plans to begin re-hiring engineers for its future products, for which it will “pursue a different direction.” What that might be, however, is still a mystery.
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 pixels)|
|Camera||Rear – 116 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, Video – 1080p@30fps, |
Front- 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 810|
|Storage||128 GB and expandable via microSD up to 128 GB|
|Battery||4000 mAh battery|
|Design||Full Uni-body Metal Design|
|Colors||Black and White|
|Price||$14,000 (Rs. 9,38,000)|
Source: Tech Crunch