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Porsche Launches MacBook Aluminium Made Handset

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Is there any more extravagant way to put two fingers up to the credit crunch?

Continuing its niche, premium, premium, premium line of handsets this week is the Porsche Design Group (yes the car offshoot) with the punctuation loving 'P'9522'.

Taking more than a passing hint from manufacturing process in Apple's latest MacBooks, the P'9522 is similarly manufactured from a single block of brushed aluminium giving it a seamless finish which should prove to have excellent durability. Perhaps surprisingly for this mega-rich sector, features for the P'9522 are also surprisingly competent (unlike the garbage produced by Band & Olufsen and Christian Dior in recent years).

For a start you'll get a largish AMOLED 262k 400 x 240 pixel 2.8in widescreen display, a 5MP camera with autofocus, GPS, a fingerprint reader for the security conscious, a fairly comprehensive media player which boasts support for Mpeg 4, H.263, H.264 and 3GP video formats and MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, Midi, WAV, AMR NB and WB audio codecs along with an FM tuner. WiFi makes an appearance too as does a microSD expansion slot (compatible up to 8GB) and Bluetooth. It's also fairly svelte at 112 x 49 x 12mm and 115g.

On the downside there's no 3G meaning you're stuck with EDGE, talk time isn't brilliant at up to 240 minutes (300 hours on standby) and the 5MB of embedded memory is rather silly by modern standards. Still you will get a microSD 2GB card with SD adaptor and remote control in the box.

By this stage I'm guessing you're now keen to know the price - either for genuine or amusement value - so let me put you out of your misery: available now, the sim free RRP is 600 euros. Yep, not quite the laugh riot you may have been expecting given this category of devices usually tends to carry a preposterous extra zero so count yourselves lucky.

Then again, if you can afford a sim free 600 euro handset at this precise moment in our global economic situation then you were probably born that way...

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