Vertu Constellation

Second Android device from the luxury manufacturer

If the Galaxy Note 3's faux-leather back just isn't leathery enough for you, the Vertu's got you covered with its second high-priced Android phone, the Constellation. The luxury electronics company has today unveiled the device, which packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, Android 4.2 and a calf leather and titanium body. The leather extends around the body of the handset, and unlike the $10,000 Vertu Ti, the $6,630 Constellation is more traditionally smartphone-shaped.

On the front is an unremarkable 4.3-inch 720p display behind strengthened sapphire glass, which Vertu says can withstand the impact of a 200-gram steel ball being dropped from one meter. The Constellation also gains a higher-specced camera than Vertu's earlier offering, with a 13-megapixel unit being included. 32 and 64GB storage options are available, but according to Engadget there's still no LTE support. To compensate, Vertu plans offer each customer unlimited global Wifi through a partnership with iPass.

The Vertu Constellation will be available from selected Vertu boutiques from next month. If you want to arrange a private viewing (yes, that's actually a thing) you can do so through the manufacturer's website.

Source: Vertu, Engadget


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Vertu launches $6600 leather-backed Android phone


I am sorry but these things are laughable. Leather for $6600.... not to mention the design and available colors are just plain ugly.

Foe those who don't know what to do with their money. Give it away.

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This. There are plenty of charities, out there, that sure could use a $6600 donation. Anyone that buys this should be ashamed of themselves.

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This has 2012 specs and we're in Q4 2013! Not to mention how ugly this device is. And $6000 for a phone with leather parts?

Last years common specs for 10 times the price?? I get the awesome craftsmanship, but when it comes to tech, what's inside matters.. Now if they offered to give that accent/leather treatment (preferably in black or dark blue) to any phone for under $800 bucks, I just might, maybe, possibly do it..

I hope someone makes a real leather back cover for the Note 3. I have no interest in a leather case (adds too much bulk imo), but I'd be game for a real leather battery cover. Or even fake leather, as long as it doesn't look & feel fake.

There were plenty of places making fake ones and selling them on eBay for the Note 2. Give it a few weeks and you'll be able to find one and ship it from China.

Can I sign a 10 years contract with carrier to get this phone for $199 ?

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I met someone with a Vertu once!! It was awesome. Like seeing an extinct animal in the wild.

I was at Fashion Week NYC (as a photographer) and a small squat woman tugged at my arm asking if I saw her friend with a yellow jacket on. I couldn't find her so she actually called her Vertu personal assistant, had them call her friend and told her to stick her arm up so I could identify her!

So, instead of simply calling her friend herself, she called someone and asked them to call her? That makes no sense at all.

That's exactly what she did! It was more like a panic call like, "Help, I can't find my friend!" and the assistant calmed her down and came up with the solution. The main point was this woman's first reaction was: call assistant. Those are the people buying these phones.

A genius!

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What amazes me is the fact that those people managed to get wealthy or land someone wealthy in the first place.

Average Joe's working at the soup kitchen, being charitable, and folks out there are dropping this kind of money on a phone? A POS phone at that? Very sad panda.

I would love to see a premium phone. Maybe in the $1500-$2000 range with top quality materials, top specs, attention to detail, and great customer service. I couldn't afford one myself but there are a ton of people that would jump on it and I think there is a market for it. The Vertu phones are way over priced and have horrible specs and poor user experience.

I deny!

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Whot the phoque!

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The price is mostly for the butler which is part of the user experience when buying a vertu phone.

The sort of people who buy these phones could drop £6000 plus and not be bothered a great deal

Its kind of annoying that these overpriced things literally never end up being good phones. "Let's be blatantly obvious that we're targeting suckers by always using outdated hardware of some kind." Its always a phone with meh specs that gets designed with overpriced touches like leather or an Aston Martin logo (never forgetting that one).

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I've thought the same thing. At least if you buy a Ferrari, you're getting a high-performance car. With these phones, they wrap a mediocre device in high-end materials and then sell it at a premium.

It doesn't annoy me at all. If it makes me feel anything, it's smugness.

"The only person who could miss with this gun is the sucker with enough bread to buy it."

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Vertu as a lifestyle brand has been around for ions so the price isn’t a surprise to me but there’s a lot of negativity towards these phones and the specs which I find interesting.

Essentially they sell well enough for them still to survive when the likes of Blackberry has to hold on for dear life.

My thoughts are... Do specs really matter when you can press a button and a person on the end of the line will sort out whatever request/task/need that troubles you at any given time?

Android is a base platform and its branches can go in all directions but wouldn't it be the craziest thing if the owners of these ridiculous, outdated specifications devices actually had a higher usage satisfaction than any current android flagship owner or any iPhone fanboy?

It’s merely a thought :)

I'm sure if you had the money you can get someone to custom design your own phone with sapphire titanium and top not internals. Probably will run you about 10k

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I don't even want to speak to anyone who would buy one of these. Luckily, chances are I'll never get the opportunity to.

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