The $10,300 Signature Touch out of your budget range? Vertu understands your plight, which is why the luxury phone manufacturer just announced the Aster, a $6,900 hand-crafted smartphone constructed out of titanium.
The Aster will be offered in a range of back options which include calf leather in black, pink or blue. For an additional, $2,200, you can get a snake skin in black or orange, or you pay $9,700 to get the handset covered in ostrich skin in brown or purple.
While Vertu's first two devices in the Android segment were decidedly outdated by the time they launched (at least in terms of the internal hardware), the luxury phone manufacturer is looking to incorporate specs comparable to what the rest of us call high-end devices. As such, the Aster comes with a 4.7-inch 1080p display on a 5.1-inch 117 carat sapphire screen (because 114 carats just don't cut it anymore), 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, 13-megapixel Hasselblad-certified camera with dual LED flash, 2.1 MP front camera, NFC, Qi wireless charging, Wi-Fi ac, 19-band LTE connectivity and a 2,250mAh battery.
The device also comes with front stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus tuning and noise cancellation. One of the reasons as to why the Aster is more affordable is that it comes with a six month subscription to Vertu's concierge services as opposed to the yearly plan that is standard with higher-end models. As well as making the device more accessible, Vertu has announced that it will enter the e-commerce segment with Vertu Digital, through which interested customers will be able to customize and order their handsets online instead of visiting a boutique.
What do you guys think of the Aster?