Bentley complements ultra luxury with Android in the new Mulsanne

At the recent Beijing Auto Show, manufacturer of things that are luxurious, Bentley, was on hand to show off the new Mulsanne First Edition. This is a car for the ultra wealthy, and the ultra wealthy that like to travel in ultimate style and comfort. It's one of those cars that it's better to sit in the back of.

And to aid in the sophisticated enjoyment is Android. Yes, that's right, Android. The Mulsanne comes equipped with something known as the "Bentley Entertainment Tablet." Running Android.

Of course, this being Bentley it's not as though it just threw in a couple of Pixel C tablets and called it a day. No, no no. It's far more elegant than that.

"With typically exquisite attention to detail, a single touch of a button engages a beautifully weighted mechanism, smoothly deploying the screens from their stowed positions."

On the tech front, Bentley is using a pair of 10.2-inch tablets of undetermined origin packed with 4G LTE. Because when one is in the back of a Mulsanne, one doesn't want to be faffing around with a mobile hotspot. Each has 32GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, as well as a front facing camera for conducting those ever important video conferences with the board members. They can also be taken away from the car should you so wish.

While Bentley has designed a custom interface for the tablets, they're still fully Google certified which means full access to the Play Store and all its apps and content. If you're in the mood, audio can be streamed from the tablets through the Mulsanne's sound system. You can also send route information directly to the on-board navigation system. So you don't even have to talk to your driver.

And you probably wouldn't have the energy to lean forward either, what with sinking into airline-style reclining seats trimmed in only the finest leather. And it's probably best not to ask how many trees worth of wood is inside, either.

What the new Mulsanne is, is the ultimate in luxury with a slight twist embracing modern smart technologies. It would have been incredibly easy just to throw in an iPad or two, a couple of custom apps and have done with it. But Bentley went the whole nine yards and embraced Android, allowing it to do much more than that. Even if most of us will never, ever get to experience it.

  • What, no full Android Auto support? Sorry, Bentley, you lost me. I was on the fence about buying one, but I suppose I'll just stick with my Subaru. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Android Auto would only be useful for your driver anyway. He'll use what he's told to use. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Speaking of the driver, the fact that this car/tablet system comes with an "avoid even having to talk to the help" feature is the most hilarious thing I have seen in a long time.
  • Not if he wants me to give him a 5 star passenger rating and more importantly, it's my Mulsanne and I'm the Uber driver, not him!
  • Told to use? You talk with the servants? Good Lord, how utterly vulgar of you.
    I'm blaming Downton Abbey for this. Posted via the Android Central App
  • If you have the money for this car, and the only reason why you're not buying it is because no Android Auto support, that's ridiculous... Posted with the Nexus 6, Nexus 5, or Surface Pro 3
  • And they say sarcasm is lost on Americans...
  • Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... the joke, several thousand feet over your head!
  • So you... are getting the car... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Full video review expected! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dibs on the review unit. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wouldn't blame you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Complements. Lazy writing is lazy.
  • The interiors looks just awesome.... I am loving it Posted via the Android Central App
  • Can Ihave it for 500.00 down and 400.00 month
  • Sure! 75-year term car loans are a thing, right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Who took my car??? Posted from one of my various Nexus devices.
  • Is this because China embraces Android more than Apple. I don't know if they do or not.
    Risky manoeuvre unless their OS is foolproof and sufficiently different that even iPhone users can work it.
  • Bentley is British. Owned by Germans.
  • I think it's because android is just more adaptable in this situation. Chucking a couple of iPads in wouldn't really have the prestige associated with it. With android, just about any manufacturer can make one and they can make it how they want, from specifications to design. They can make it actually part of the car and not look out of place or an after thought. iPads just come as is. Blackberry Priv
    Nvidia Shield "Portable"
    Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • I dunno... I kind of prefer the Maybach interior myself, but I'm more of a driver than a passenger type anyway. Gimme me a vintage Austin Healy and a country road any day :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted from Nexus 6 running Android N
  • While it'd be nice to have someone drive you around, I think it'd be much more interesting to drive oneself.
    Sure, the Bentleys have plenty of luxe and a V12 but I'd rather something like a Falcon XR8 or Commodore SS any day. Blackberry Priv
    Nvidia Shield "Portable"
    Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
  • I'm certain both the Falcon and the Commodore handle better than the Bentley ;)
  • complements*