Lamborghini 88 Tauri is a luxury smartphone from Tonino Lamborghini, a merchandising company founded by the Tonino, son of Lamborghini (the company that makes luxury sports cars) founder Ferruccio Lamborghini.
The phone not only features premium materials and a unique design but also boasts top-end hardware specifications unlike most other luxury phones. Of course at a price of Rs 4 lakh plus, the smartphone is targeted at high net worth individuals, who’d care more about the snob value quotient than the value for money it offers.We got a chance to spend a week with the Lamborghini 88 Tauri and here’s what we feel…Build & design.
The 88 Tauri is a limited edition phone available in 8 colour variants. Three colour variants of metal panel (black, gold and steel silver), while leather panel comes in 5 colour variants (black, blue, red, orange and brown).
Only 1,947 pieces of each color have been made to honour the year of birth of the company’s founder – Tonino Lamborghini.
Our gold and black review unit came in a premium case that opens like the hood of a Lamborghini car. The case comes with premium headphones, a USB 3.0 charging cable, international chargers and a cleaning cloth.
The phone is assembled by hand and receives a unique device number. We couldn’t help but notice that it features some design elements borrowed from Lamborghini’s family company that makes super premium cars.
At 250 grams, the Lamborghini 88 Tauri is an unwieldy device and measuring 158.6x80x13mm, it’s hard to put the phone in your pocket. However, it’s unlikely that people who buy it would not want to flaunt it.
The front of the phone sports a 5-inch custom shatter and scratch-proof glass.
There’s an 8MP front-facing camera and three capacitive touch, backlit navigation keys. The screen is flanked by leather and metal on the sides and you’ll see the familiar Lamborghini logo as well. The right edge of the phone has a metal (stainless steel) flap that hides two sim card slots along with plastic buttons for volume control.
The buttons have decent tactile feedback. The left edge has the power key (again in plastic) and a metal flap that conceals the micro-USB 3.0 port and microSD card slot.
The golden metallic part is a little prone to smudges. Also, you’ll need to keep the metal flap open while charging.
The back of the phone showcases stitched leather and riveted 20MP camera module, dual LED flash and two speaker grills.
The back also features the metallic Lamborghini emblem and the golden metal extends from the two sides. The 3.5mm headphone jack sits on top, again enclosed in a metal strip.
According to the company, the phone has 19 components, each made separately of stainless steel and coloured using the Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process, for resistance to abrasion and wear-and-tear.
The Lamborghini 88 Tauri is a solid, well made device but we’re not sure the design would appeal to everyone. We found the look to be more boxy and gaudy than sporty. Still, the fine leather (0.5mm thick), gold finish and metal accents give it a super premium feel.
The phone sports a 5-inch custom shatter and scratch-proof glass. The display is a full-HD (1920x1080p) IPS panel. The display looks crisp and bright, and colours look true to life. Viewing angles were wide and under sun legibility was quite impressive.
However, the full-HD display is still behind the curve, at least on paper. Although, 2K displays don’t really offer a significantly enhanced experience compared to full-HD ones, we’d expect a super-luxury phone to come with the best of the available hardware components. We’re also not sure why Lamborghini did not opt for a sapphire panel instead of glass when it’s producing only a few thousand units.
Lamborghini 88 Tauri runs Android 4.4 KitKat and besides a few skinned app icons, the UI does not feature customisations and is close to stock version of the OS. It does feature an enhanced image browser PiQture that allows you to hide pictures and a music app QissMusic in addition to a settings app for the music equaliser. The two apps support browsing content via hand gestures. Hand gestures also allow you to browse across home screens and accept and reject calls, without touching the phone. In our use, the gesture control worked well. We did miss double tap to unlock though.
We have to say the customised system app icons don’t really look special. For a phone that costs the same as a budget hatch, we find the absence of any special apps and UI features very disappointing. There are custom ringtones created by DJ Ravin though. These tones are well composed and sound great through the phone’s enhanced speakers.
The 88 Tauri has two cameras – an 8MP front-facing one and a 20MP main unit at the rear with autofocus, dual LED-flash, face recognition and white balance correction. It’s been reported that the phone’s rear camera lens is the same one that’s found on the Sony Xperia Z3.
The phone’s camera app UI is close to the stock Android camera app but includes granular settings for attributes like sharpness, contrast, saturation and others. It also offers different scene modes for different ambient lighting situations and HDR and Panorama modes.
The phone’s rear camera takes quality pictures in daylight with excellent level of detail, accurate colour reproduction, little noise and good contrast.Low-light shots also came out well, though these had some noise, especially under 100% zoom.
The phone features a dual-LED flash that is one of the best we’ve seen and does a great job of filling up light.
The 8MP front camera also takes good quality selfies, even in low-light conditions.
We found that the quality of videos captured by the rear camera was excellent and featured good detail and accurate colour reproduction. However, we miss 4K video recording.
Hardware & performance
The Lamborghini 88 Tauri is powered by a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3GB RAM.
It comes with a 3400mAh battery, 64GB internal storage expandable via microSD card and Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G (FDD LTE 1800MHz) and NFC connectivity options. Interestingly, the phone is a dual-sim device.
Thanks to all the power under the hood, we did not notice any stutter or lag while launching and switching between apps, editing photos, browsing the web, clicking pictures, watching high definition videos or playing graphics-heavy games.
In terms of synthetic benchmarks, it scored 20,633 in Quadrant Standard, 42,919 in AnTuTu and 60 in NenaMark 2. The benchmark scores are comparable to that of HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z3. We don’t endorse benchmark tests and do not recommend a phone based solely on benchmarks as real world performance is different at times.
We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any hiccups.
The phone works well even in weak signal areas and we did not face any network-related issue. It comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps and was easily able to lock a signal. It has NFC connectivity as well.
The phone’s 3400mAh battery is one of its strengths.