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Over the years we’ve seen all manner of Android-powered “luxury” handsets that use premium materials including gold, silver and even crocodile skin. Now the luxury manufacturer Gresso is getting into the game with their own super-expensive Android device.

For those that don’t know, Gresso is best known for taking iPhones and pimping them with diamonds and other premium materials, and charging as much as $30k for the honors. The Radical is their very first attempt at Android luxury device, however.

The handset comes in two configurations, an $1800 model with a case made from grade 5 titanium, and a $2300 model with the same casing but the addition of a logo plate that comes in either white or yellow 18k gold.

We understand that some folks like luxury devices, but it’d be nice to see a manufacturer actually produce such a device with bleeding-edge specs, even if its price was even higher.

The idea of owning a super durable, ultra-premium handset made of titanium might sound desirable to some, but unfortunately the specs aren’t equally impressive. The Radical has an unspecified quad-core 1.2GHz CPU, 36GB internal storage, 8MP rear cam, a 4.5-inch 960×540 resolution display, dual-SIM support and Android 4.1.2 onboard.

Although a quad-core processor doesn’t sound that bad, we imagine it’s a cheaper SoC like those from MediaTek. The RAM is also not mentioned, though we’d guess somewhere between 512MB and 1GB. The biggest killer is the display. qHD on a high-cost handset in 2013, really?

To be fair, part of the reason for the high pricing is that these are limited edition devices made in smaller batches, with only 999 units available. Still, the specs are clearly outdated, making the Gresso only a small step up from being an expensive paperweight.

We understand that some folks like luxury devices, but it’d be nice to see a manufacturer actually produce such a device with bleeding-edge specs, even if its price was even higher. After all, if you can drop $1800 on a handset within thinking twice, what’s a few dollars more?