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Tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite Solar Charges Through Its Display and You Can’t Afford It

April 4, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Luxury phones are nothing new, Nokia has been selling their Vertu smartphones for a long time now and while most of us can only dream of owning such expensive, limited phones like the Vertu, this latest from Tag Heuer actually brings something pretty new to the table, although we doubt it’s anywhere near worth its asking price. The Tag Heuer Meridiist is an already expensive phone at €3,900, but the Infinite version of the device is guaranteed to cost a whole lot more, especially when you consider only 1911 of them will be produced.

So, what makes this particularly extra special, special phone, so special? Well. the Meridiist Infinite can recharge its battery using its display. Yeah, we think it’s pretty impressive as well. The Meridiist Infinite features a thin layer of photovoltaic cells that’s completely invisible to the naked eye, but utilizes light – both natural and artificial – to recharge the phone’s battery. It’s all made possible thanks to Wysips Crystal Technology and was a joint project by Atelier Haute Communication and Sunpartner Technologies. Tag Heuer is saying that this is the first device on the market to utilize such a technology, and we’re not one to argue with them, as a similar implementation from Alcatel has yet to hit the market.

This is pretty much the same device as the Meridiist, which is itself a device made out of Grade 5 Titanium as well as some carbon for good measure. Internally however, we’re looking at a pretty lackluster device, with a 2.4-inch 320 x 240 display, with a monochrome OLED display at the top of the device to display notifications and the like. And yes, as you might have already guessed, this isn’t running Android, which sadly means you can’t play Angry Birds in that fancy suit you bought to mourn the end of How I Met Your Mother. Besides, not even Barney would spend this much on a phone, surely?