Luxury handset manufacturer Gresso’s latest offering, the Radical R1, features an all-titanium chassis and is available for $1800.
Gresso is known for making exuberant handsets that feature exotic materials. The manufacturer’s latest handset, the Radical R1, is its first to run Android. The device is constructed out of Grade 5 solid titanium, and features sensor keys that are also made out of titanium.
The Gresso Radical R1 costs $1,800, and the R1 is the least costly version in the series. The Radical R2 and R3 come with the Gresso logo embossed with 18 karat white or yellow gold, and cost $2,300. There needs to be some justification for the high cost, and Gresso mentions that each handset is manually assembled, with the Gresso logo in itself requiring over four hours of polishing work.
Internal hardware on the device is rather mundane, however, with the Radical R1 featuring a 4.5-inch qHD screen. qHD stands for quarter-HD, and is used for denoting screens that feature a resolution of 960 x 540. QHD, on the other hand, stands for Quad-HD, and is used to denote 2K resolution screens. Other hardware details on the Radical R1 include a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, an odd internal storage configuration of 36 GB, 8 MP camera and dual-SIM functionality. The device comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Judging by how long it took Gresso to make an Android handset, we can safely assume that it will be a while before Gresso rolls out Android 4.4 KitKat for the device.
As with all luxury handsets, the Radical R1 will be a limited edition, with Gresso manufacturing only 999 units. Each handset features an individual model number on the back. The device comes with an authenticity certificate in a black leather box. Gresso is also selling a carrying case made out of crocodile skin for the Radical R1, which is available for an additional $200. For a device that costs $1,800, there is nothing radical about the Radical R1, considering the lacklustre internal hardware. But then again, most luxury handset vendors focus more on materials used in the construction than ensuring that the device features the latest internal hardware.