B&O and Samsung decided to get together for a little mobile phone creating shindig, and a relaxed affair it must have been. The fruits of their labours, you see, is the Serene - an ultra-stylish, eye-wateringly expensive (€1000) tri-band mobile.
It's not the best-specced phone in the world. It doesn't play music, doesn't surf the net, doesn't organise your life, and only takes photos in VGA. But it makes phone calls very well, and does so in a unique fashion, using an upside-down 'controls at top, screen at bottom' design with a nice navigation wheel.
Naturally, construction materials are first-class, and finish is excellent. The motorised hinge mechanism inpires coos of 'nice action' from all who see it.
A version of Serene will be available (for a €100 premium) that automatically integrates with your home Beocom 2 and Beocom 6000 DECT phones, sharing contacts and answering landline phone calls when in DECT range. Neat.
For the full lowdown, pop to serenemobile.com, and check out the December issue of Stuff.