Vertu Constellation Android smartphone to retail for $6700

British based luxury phone manufacturer Vertu is set to release what could be the world’s most expensive smartphone.

The Constellation is expected to retail in the oncoming weeks for a whopping price of $6,700, or 4,900. The former Nokia subsidiary hopes the dual-core 1.7GHZ Snapdragon processor- along with a 13 megapixel camera- will impress the few consumers who can afford the phone. It further boasts 32GB of internal memory will sport a GPS, an 1800mAh battery and 3G HSPA+ connectivity. The slightly outdated Android 4.2.2 Jellybean software will come installed on the device.

With its mediocre specs, you are probably wondering why this phone is so incredibly expensive. The answer is clear and simple- the immaculate hand-crafted design. The phone packs a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 720p. A premium sapphire crystal screen will ensure the phone is protected from scratches, while the titanium body is clad by the finest leather sourced from a tannery in the Alps dating back 150 years.

Other features on the UK assembled device include personal protection and tracking, encrypted speech, and even a secret button which sends a custom message to a security advisor of your choice. The phone leather will be available in several colours: Black, orange, mocha, and raspberry just to name a few.

From what we have seen thus far, the flagship Constellation model is a step up from its earlier offering in the form of the “Ti”, which retailed for $10,000. However, while the latest gadget boasts a first-class build, we are not entirely sure if it is worth the price. Head of Design Hutch Hutchison insists the premium feel of the device is unrivaled by any other company.

"One of the core thoughts about this was tactility, and it features a much thicker, more sumptuous leather than we've ever used before - really beautiful in the hand and comfortable in the pocket."

This is not the first time we have seen a ludicrous pricetag on a smartphone. Earlier this year, we revealed Goldgenie's gold plated iPhones retail at the mere price of $4,000!

The Constellation release is a significant moment for private equity group EQT VI, who acquired the company last year in October. As for Nokia, they are still making minor contributions to this day through their 10% sharehold stake of the company. The phone will be available through Vertu boutique stores and approved retailers.

Source: Digital Trends | Image via Android Community

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I feel a corporate slogan coming on .... VERTU: Proudly dominating the confluence of obscene wealth, inexcusable ignorance & irredeemable solipsism!

Or maybe .... VERTU: Revered carriers of water for those who care not a whit & are proud they don't!

With that money I think I can't request a custom made a Samsung galaxy S smartphone...

VERTU should be more clever in this things, using their resources. Not putting just aesthetcis phones for the market.

since when has leather from anywhere but Italy been the finest 150yr old tannery in the Alps pffft I bet there's older tanneries in Italy that do a much better job... Futher more no mention as to whether the Phone is water/dust proof and no 4G WTF old tech in a nice case doth not a luxury ph make

I didn't know a leather (faux or corinthian) backed phone could look worse than the Note, i guess i was really wrong.

Ex worker here of Vertu, They miss the market for this so bad that they laid off so much staff. They thought the Windows phone market was best.. fail!

sanctified said,
You're not buying the phone. You're buying the services attached to it. Read their site.

My comment still stands though, are those services worth $6700?

That and they are the fugliest phones I've ever seen.

neo158 said,

Nope, I still can't see anything there that justifies $6700!!

Are you telling me then that you pay $6700 for services and you get the phone for free?

If you cant tell how much those services cost in their own and the mentality of the buyer here then I dont know what else to say.

I'm not justifying. Even if I had the money I would never buy this phone. I'm just objectively determining the value appeal.

neo158 said,

Are you telling me then that you pay $6700 for services and you get the phone for free?

Apple owners do.

sanctified said,

Thanks for you very necessary contribution.


You're most welcome.

I agree though, the price isn't really justified in my eyes - less so being international.

sanctified said,
That's because you're not the target for this.

I disagree, any one of us could be the target for this device but that doesn't justify the price!!

neo158 said,

I disagree, any one of us could be the target for this device but that doesn't justify the price!!

Do you really think the marketing department were thinking of us for this? Again, read the services page, and the concierge one.

In the one feel glad that no one forces you to buy this.

sanctified said,
Do you really think the marketing department were thinking of us for this? Again, read the services page, and the concierge one.

In the one feel glad that no one forces you to buy this.

Ah, now I get it. They aimed this phone at you!!!

sanctified said,

That's because you're not the target for this.


That is certainly true, considering the services most likely wouldn't be available in Australia.

I like the look of the phone, still.

I've never understood this need for a "luxury phone". It's still a phone at the end of the day. I think buying an actual constellation might be cheaper.

Too bad they choose the least luxury smartphone OS out there = Android! HAHAHAHA What crap!

Apple still remains as the only Luxury smartphone maker.

NeoPogo said,
......

A premium sapphire crystal screen will ensure the phone is protected from scratches

Yeah, because Apple's newest patent is defeated by someone else being first to market.

This is a more luxurious device than the new iPhone which looks like it's wearing Crocs.

NeoPogo said,
Too bad they choose the least luxury smartphone OS out there = Android! HAHAHAHA What crap!

Apple still remains as the only Luxury smartphone maker.

What is luxurious about any OS? What a silly comment you made.

adrynalyne said,

What is luxurious about any OS? What a silly comment you made.

Luxurious to me would be an OS that is above the cut, doesn't crash as often, is malware averse, and makes you wanna smile every time you look at it...Ummm like say Lumia OS!

To the writer: Just heads up, is not the phone that people pay for but the service... do a little research...

There are a lot more expensive services of similar nature that do not include custom phones.

Thing is.. it will probably end up like every other Android device. After 6 months it will no longer get updates to newer android releases.

firey said,
Thing is.. it will probably end up like every other Android device. After 6 months it will no longer get updates to newer android releases.
Yeah, because people who buy this device are buying it for Android updates...Blame the carriers, my HTC Trophy never got updated to the latest and greatest either.

firey said,
Thing is.. it will probably end up like every other Android device. After 6 months it will no longer get updates to newer android releases.

The people buying this probably update their phone every 6 months anyway.

I know a few people who have Vertu handsets. They know (and care) nothing about technology. All 3 of them have said the same things - trying to convince me that they have the BEST phone, and refuse to believe that just because it's expensive and well finished, that it has to be technologically superior.

fusi0n said,
For that much money, it should at least come with 4.3.. lol

for that much it should come with a secretary to take my calls!

bridges said,

it should come with 8.1

Nah, I prefer a phone that actually works with a familiar interface.