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Vertu Aster P seemingly announced out of nowhere for $5,000

There's a lot of discussion right now about more and more smartphones creeping towards the $1000 price point, but one company that's been soaring well beyond that is Vertu. Vertu's released a number of multi-thousand dollar Android phones in the past, and now the company's returning with the $5,000 Aster P.

While luxury phones from Vertu aren't anything new, this is the first new phone from the company since it reportedly closed up shop in July 2017 and cut around 200 employees.

So, what kind of phone are we getting with the Vertu Aster P? More or less what we've come to expect from past Vertu phones. The phone is handmade in England and features a titanium frame and display that's covered by a measly 133-carat sapphire crystal glass panel. You can outfit the back with a variety of materials, including the likes of crocodile and lizard leather.

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Also similar to other Vertu phones is the red ruby button that contacts your own personal concierge. Pop open the winged-panel on the back and you'll find the SIM card slot and a signature of the person that actually crafted your phone.

You'd expect such a luxury phone to come with top-notch specs, but that's not the case. The AMOLED display measures in at just 4.9-inches, the Snapdragon 660 and 6GB of RAM power everything, and there's 128GB of onboard storage. You'll also find a 12MP rear camera and 20MP selfie camera.

The Vertu Aster P is only being sold in China and has a cool starting price of just $5,167. If you want to splurge for the model that's outfitted with gold, you'll see a modest increase to $14,146.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

20 Comments
  • Yuck.
  • The screen measuring 4.9" is one of the best things on the phone.
    And at these prices, I'd sooner accept paying 3666€ for a phone with a 4.9" AMOLED screen than I'd accept paying 1000€ for a phone that would force me into a 6.3" display.
  • Lol True that
  • Even if i had a billion, i still wouldnt by that phone.
  • I agree
  • I just ordered 2.
  • Yeah, me too. They'll look great next to my gold unicorn and the rocket to the moon I have in my backyard.
  • I thought Vertu went under... It does amuse me that even Vertu managed to get more RAM into their phone than the pixel 3... And probably than the pixel 4.
  • For $5k+ it better have more!
  • That's not really how it works. You'd think that for $900+ the pixel thrixel would have at least as much RAM as the base model OnePlus 3, but here we are.
  • Exactly. Google cutting corners in the wing places. Performance over time will be affected. 4 gb on 2k panel and Android being heavier by day and resources hungry apps is barely cutting it and with any extra mileage and updates , it won't hold up well. It will get a bit slower. Not a slug fest style but noticable for those who care and are heavy users.
    3 GB was ok on 1080p panel and stock Android for awhile but it started to show after 6- 9 months. No replacement for displacement :)
  • RAM speed is rather important. Apple have always used small amounts of very fast RAM. Using more RAM and keeping apps in it compensates for cheap, slow flash and slower cpus to a degree, but smaller amounts of very fast RAM and flash gives the same performance and longer battery life - ask Sony.
  • Not really. All apps live within RAM. As long as they're running, they'll have a footprint. So, no matter how fast it is, you're going to have a higher share of your memory being dedicated to simply having the apps open, let alone actually executing. Faster RAM can give you a slight benefit here, but in the end it only gives a benefit on executing active threads, not keeping things alive in the background. Simply put, if Apple is able to do more with less RAM (and at this time, its at best arguable), it's more due to optimization of its OS and apps, not due to the speed of its RAM.
  • But does the pixle even need that much ram? I thought Google phones are fast and smooth like butt butter
  • Pretty sure it says Made in UK on the phone not made in England?
  • I miss my Vertu. Mostly because I wasn't paying for it. It was provided. I miss it so much I might get this one. Having that ruby button to push and ask for anything is so damn convenient.
  • "It's impossible to manufacture a true sapphire screen for a phone" --Apple "lol" --Vertu
  • Darn, only in China......said nobody about this phone.
  • If the phone where designed so that the entire motherboard could be removed with a few screws and the next latest/greatest could be dropped in with no muss or fuss they could have some appeal. Some folks would pay almost any price for a future-proof phone. Sadly these have a history of being released with outdated SOC's and software making them outrageously expensive feel-good trinkets for people with more money than common sense. The story should have led with: Paris Hilson, your phone is ready...
  • It's a bit like the last British Rolls-Royces that were powered by a GMC truck engine. Not surprisingly, the name has been sold to Germany.