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Nokia Unveils Bling-heavy Oro Smartphone

For those looking for something a little more bling-y than what's currently on the market, Nokia, has announced what it presents as a premium handset, the Oro, an 18-carat gold and leather clad product.

In a nutshell, it is the equivalent of the Nokia C7 but with more of the yellow and brown stuff. There's a 3.5-inch HVGA capacitive AMOLED touchscreen, an eight-megapixel camera with HD recording and flash, Wi-Fi, Symbian Anna OS. Not exactly what we'd qualify as "top of the range".

Nokia's head honcho in Russia, Gabriel Speratti, said "premium products like Nokia Oro have always been best sellers in Russia. We have a large number of users who are looking for products with a build quality and superior materials that attest to their success and social standing. In some areas, possession of such premium products is the passport to being taken seriously."

We suspect though that the "18-carat gold plating, a sapphire crystal and leather from one of Scotland’s finest Caledonian herds" won't be enough to lure even the richest of the Russian oligarchs to buy the Oro.

After all, those with dosh to spend on a mobile handset could instead choose to get an iPhone 4 modded and covered with gold and precious stones; not only will it be unique, it will also be much more expensive than the 800 Euros or so that the Oro is expected to sell for.