Mobiado who made their name making wooden cell phones way before Gresso have released a new model named the Luminoso. As the name suggests the design of the phone is based heavily on light. The Luminoso is made of aluminum which is annodized with a ceramic coating to make it scratch proof. Interestingly enough the screen is not sapphire crystal but is made scratch proof through the use of the polymer DiamondShield. The buttons on the other hand are sapphire crystal and they are illuminated to give the phone its unique look. The phone uses the Nokia Series 40 platform and features a 2 megapixel camera and has micro SD memory card slot. The Luminoso is in essence just a recased Nokia, but Mobiado has no affiliation to Nokia. This phone may see success in the regular phone market but definitely not in the luxury phone market along side the likes of Vertu, GoldVish and Gresso. For more information visit the Mobiado website.
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MOBIADO LAUNCHES THE LUMINOSOTM: BRILLIANCE IN MOBILITY
Vancouver, Canada – January 2nd, 2007: Mobiado, the manufacturer of CNC machined luxury mobile phones ñ today unveils the Luminoso, the first and only 3G luxury mobile phone.
The Mobiado Luminoso utilizes a dual illumination technique that lights the keypad area from beneath and from above through the buttons. Creating the most unique and innovative looking mobile phone as well as maximizing the illumination of the keypad. Luminoso combines aluminum, sapphire crystal, and stainless steel to create new standard in luxury. The aluminum frame is created from aircraft aluminum to build a strong/stiff yet light body, it is filtered glass bead blasted, and then hard anodized coated to produce a rock hard ceramic coating with twice the thickness of traditional anodizing for the toughest of uses. The buttons are sapphire crystal and stainless steel, the camera window is sapphire crystal, and the front screen is coated with DiamondShieldÆ, the most advanced coating available for polymer substrates with diamond like properties. A daring design, combining luxury and technology in perfect harmony.
The Mobiado Luminoso is the worldís first 3G luxury mobile phone. The phone is unlocked and will work with any GSM network operator. It has WCDMA 2100 and tri-band GSM coverage on up to five continents (GSM/EDGE 900/1800/1900). It is equipped with a large QVGA display, 2 megapixel camera and video camera, supports microSD cards up to 2GB, surround sound through stereo speakers, push to talk over cellular, Bluetooth technology, infrared, speaker phone, and a music player that supports MP3, MP4, eAAC+ and AAC music files.