Vertu launches world's most expensive Android: Meet the €4,900 'handmade' Constellation

Vertu launches world's most expensive Android: Meet the €4,900 'handmade' Constellation

Summary: For anyone who cares about style over specs and has cash to burn, the Hermes of smartphone makers, Vertu, has launched its second sapphire-screen device.

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  • The Constellation

    Vertu, formerly Nokia's luxury brand of smartphone, has launched Constellation, one of the world's most expensive Android smartphones with prices starting at €4,900 ($6,690).

    The company, which left Nokia last year, is hoping materials and craftsmanship will appeal to well heeled buyers. The device takes its cue from luxury watch makers, Vertu said, and was handmade in Hampshire, England.

    The entire face of the 5.1-inch device is covered with a layer of sapphire crystal (pictured) weighing more than 100 carats, according to Vertu. So owners won't have to worry themselves about marks on the 4.3 inch 720p display — unless a diamond ring brushes it.

    Its casing is made from polished titanium which, besides being lightweight and tougher than stainless steel, is expensive.

  • Raw hide from the Alps

    The Constellation's hardened face is counterbalanced by a backplate that's covered with a soft strip of calf leather, which says Vertu, comes from hides in the Alps. The backings come come in cappuccino, black, orange, mocha (pictured), and raspberry colours. 

  • The Ti, Vertu's first Android phone

    Despite the high price tag for the Constellation range, it actually comes in at less than its predecessor, the Ti, which sold for €8,000 ($10,000) and was Vertu's first Android smartphone when it launched earlier this year.

    Under Nokia, Vertu devices ran Symbian, but the Finnish handset maker sold the brand to private equity group EQT VI in late 2012 amid its massive restructure. 

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Materials, craftsmanship

    Don't kid yourself by looking for "value" in the craftsmanship or materials. These sorts of things are expensive for the sake of being expensive. One buys a $6000 smartphone to buy a $6000 smartphone. It's about announcing to the world (or to the small group of acquaintances, wealthy and connected enough to recognize a Vertu) that you are stupid rich.

    I remember peering into a Maserati Quattroporte a few years ago and marveling at how gaudy tacky the interior looked with over-the-top almost neon-bright burlwood and chrome accents, and copious expanses of leather. But of course, for many buyers that's the whole point (I've also seen Quattroportes with far more restrained interiors).
    dsf3g
    • There...fixed it for you.

      "It's about announcing to the world (or to the small group of acquaintances, wealthy and connected enough to recognize a Vertu) that you are STUPID."
      It'sNotMe
  • Android

    You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.
    Dreyer Smit
  • Android - mistake

    Should have went with Windows Phone and shown Nokia how to make a luxury device. Putting Android on it just waters it down along with all the other Android phones.
    Sean Foley
    • The problem is

      Just a few are buying top Windows phone devices, vast majority goes for the cheap ones.
      I don't see how a luxury very expensive phone should relate with a lumia 520!
      AleMartin
  • Another P.T. Barnum moment.

    How pathetic.
    IT_Fella
  • Its not the most expensive!!

    The first vertu phone, after Nokia sold the company was around $10k.

    As per article here at ZDNet.

    http://www.zdnet.com/inside-the-10k-android-smartphone-how-nokias-black-sheep-built-the-vertu-ti-7000011260/

    Pls keep any eye on the related articles by your colleagues as well.

    regards,
    deep@...
  • Putting Android in this phone is like.....

    putting a lawnmower engine in a BMW.

    Android is a turd.
    xuniL_z
  • Flashy Junkpile....

    Brits aren't exactly known for their electronics prowess. I'm sure it's build like an Aston Martin but it's hopelessly hobbled by a stolen operating system which wouldn't exist if not for Apple. I applaud the technical ignoramus who's willing to spend $6500 on this titanium, leather laden monstrosity as he's likely to be truly blissful in his ignorance of excellence.

    It is to laugh...
    MacUeber@...
    • Apple

      Stolen operating system? Apple had a good idea, and at one point had over 40% of the smartphone business. They just screwed it up with their own mindless greed, and now they have 13% or less. Apple are incapable of making an operating system that runs on more than a few pieces of hardware, and they've lost the market because Google did it better.
      MyLeftSock
  • Kidding,.. right? THIS one is most expensive...

    Cover any SmartPhone with the skin of somebody famous.... say Marlin Monroe, Jack Kennedy, Jimmy Hoffa, etc. etc. etc.
    The list of coverings can go on forever.
    What a waste of reading.
    fm-usa