The Nokia Oro is the gold-plated Symbian phone you've always wanted

Gold, sapphire crystal, and leather combine to make a Nokia phone that is both unique and, well, expensive.

The first thing you should know about the Nokia Oro is that it is plated in 18-carat gold, studded with a sapphire crystal home key, and lined with leather.

And it's a phone. Running Anna, the latest version of Symbian, the Oro equipped with a 3.5-inch display, and an 8-megapixel display.

We've covered gold-plated gadgets before, but the Oro is unique in that its manufactured by Nokia itself, crafted not as a piece of consumer electronics, but as a status symbol. The Oro is clearly a luxury item.

Which is why Nokia is only manufacturing a handfull of them, dispensing the phones not across the globe but instead only to a few select areas. Those at the moment seem to be China, Europe, the Middle East, and Russia - places, I imagine, where thieves don't target people who walk around with gold phones.

The Oro will sell for around €800($1,128) when it's released later this year, so start saving your pennies now. More shots and a video on the Oro's website.

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