You’ve maybe heard of Caviar when they put out a luxury version of the HMD Nokia 3310 celebrating the Trump-Putin summit or when they launched a case for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 1kg of pure gold on its back.
Last week, Caviar launched a luxury version of a phone that I’ve personally used and still own in my collection, the Nokia 6500 classic. Called the Caviar Viking Ragnar Carbon, the old Nokia phone comes dressed in a most elegant attire made out of T9 titanium with a side of carbon and alligator leather on the back. The design is inspired by old Viking swords. The internals are stuck in 2007 with a 2.2″ TFT display with a QVGA (240×320) resolution, an 830mAh battery and a 2MP camera on the back with a LED flash and a speaker right next to it. It is somewhat reminiscent of Vertu models of old.
From a design standpoint, the Caviar Viking Ragnar Carbon really stands out and is an excellent piece of pizzazz for those who like to show off the weight of their wallet, commanding a hefty $2600 price for 2007 hardware. Keeping in mind that WhatsApp just recently announced they’ve suspended service for Series40 phones, its real-life usefulness beyond calling and texting is highly debatable, though it’s clearly more about the status symbol. And this model is truly fit for a Viking of Ragnar’s stature.