Vertu's horrendous Android smartphone costs $10,000+

Oh boy, Vertu is at it again with their ridiculously expensive luxury smartphones, releasing a new Android device today called the Ti. It looks absolutely atrocious, it contains fairly mediocre specs for the price and comes with a reasonably old version of Android (4.0), however the company's head of design Hutch Hutchinson says this doesn't really matter as the phone is about "relevant technology and craftsmanship".

For the few people considering this phone, it comes packed with a 3.7-inch 480 x 800 display protected by a sheet of sapphire crystal (Vertu claims this is four times tougher than other smartphones), a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera plus 1.3 MP front camera, and sound "tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen".

All of this is protected by a "grade 5" titanium case that delivers "strength, low weight and elegance", and 184 parts of the Vertu Ti are hand-made in England. It also comes with Vertu's Concierge service, which at the touch of a button will attempt to "fulfill every request" including accessing money-can't-buy events. Too bad all this luxury and "design" will set you back at least $10,000, otherwise we might have been able to recommend it.

Source: Vertu via: The Verge

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Should have licensed BBOS 10.
IT stands to reason the Vertu team would dump WP as soon as they were out from under the Nokia umbrella with many technical folks within both companies upset over the death of Symbian and jumping all-in with WP instead of going Android.

Good luck on them. This and the Maybach are some of the things in this world I will never understand.

deadonthefloor said,
Should have licensed BBOS 10.
IT stands to reason the Vertu team would dump WP as soon as they were out from under the Nokia umbrella with many technical folks within both companies upset over the death of Symbian and jumping all-in with WP instead of going Android.

Good luck on them. This and the Maybach are some of the things in this world I will never understand.

Maybach is horrible, even worse than this. Still.... it sells....

How do you figure the Maybach is worse? Have you been in one before? While the exterior is certainly nothing exciting it's got a great interior if you're looking to be driven around. Also they didn't really sell, otherwise they'd still be making them today...

Boxster17 said,
How do you figure the Maybach is worse? Have you been in one before? While the exterior is certainly nothing exciting it's got a great interior if you're looking to be driven around. Also they didn't really sell, otherwise they'd still be making them today...

Yes I was and to be honest I was embarrassed... And not because it was an expensive car, I have been and also owned and own expensive cars although not so expensive. The point is not the price of the car but the fact that is the kind of cars that only a nouveau riches would drive.

It's like a Rolex: expensive, ugly as hell and made for posers with no sense of style or understatement. This thing screams I CAN AFFORD IT, PLEBS!!!!!

dancress said,
It's like a Rolex: expensive, ugly as hell and made for posers with no sense of style or understatement. This thing screams I CAN AFFORD IT, PLEBS!!!!!

Sorry but Rolex is a completely different World...

wooow, i'd like to see the face of an owner if the 10,000+ dollar device lags, runs out of memory and freezes

this'll be a hit, no question about it

It actually has a lot of muscle, 1GB is a lot of memory for Android, and a 1.7ghz Snapdragon S4 is almost the fastest thing you can put inside your phone. There are other devices running an even "slower" 1.5ghz Krait (HTC One S, ASUS PadFone, Galaxy SIII) and they are pretty smooth, so I see no lag inducing limitation on this piece of hardware.
Then of course, that screen is a joke.

Kirkburn said,
It's not 'horribly dated' - it only started being used a little over a year ago.

There are already newer releases, making it horribly dated.
Vista is horribly dated. You don't see that OS on the market today.

Wow, what's up with the crazy jealousy of this phone? The key selling point is obviously not the specs but the concierge service that comes with the phone. Unfortunately, most of us aren't able to make the most out of it, but I could see the value if Mr. Gates ever adopts me as his long lost son.

This is what most people reporting on Vertu completely misses; the service. Instead, let's call it "horrendous", "ridiculous" and "atrocious".

The quality of this article is on par with a blog post, not as a news article on Neowin.

Have you ever had a watch with thin sapphire glass?

Just as a note: most good watches use sapphire glass .. you should check the frequency of cracks ...

Fair point. Note that in the article I didn't mean to sound super cynical, Vertu said it was "four times stronger" without giving a reference point to which material

True. I would say Corning's gorilla glass since it is so wide spread.

This is reaching but I assume that if Gorrila glass is at 7 mohs and has an Absolute hardness level of around 100 with sapphire having an Absolute hardness level of 400 it could work out.

They shouldn't really be using Mohs for comparison though; a true comparison should be made using either toughness (J/m^3) or stress (MPa)

It is just marketing. People that buy this expect a phone with the quality of a good watch.

I would be more interested on why the changed the OS from WP8 to android in such short notice. Maybe because all the knowledge transfer from Nokia HQ stopped?

FunkyMike said,
Have you ever had a watch with thin sapphire glass?

Just as a note: most good watches use sapphire glass .. you should check the frequency of cracks ...


True Rolex watches use it and it is such a big improvement from the previous glasses; no more cleaning the watch with toothpaste to clean the scratches.

It's not about the look or what it can do. It's about "I have the money to buy it" kind of a thing. So called "status".

Deemon said,
It's not about the look or what it can do. It's about "I have the money to buy it" kind of a thing. So called "status".
Yeah... retard status =/
I'm curious to know how many people will buy it... especially considering it isn't made by apple.

That's the point of it... Everyone has an iPhone, so that's way too "cheap" for most snobs. They want something exclusive... something that you don't see every day - even if you could get a *much* better phone for lower than 5% of the price of a Vertu.

Looks terrible imo. It's 2013, 3.7" at 800x480 is not normal these days for a "high-end" smartphone. At least it has 64 GB of storage

When I see these kind of gadgets, I can only think how much money is wasted. Gadgets are supposed to have a short life-span due to constant spec evolution.

By starters, this phone hasn't good specs (for price) and it will need to be replaced in max two years, if it wants to handle the latest Apps. This goes for other gadgets like iPads with diamond bezels.

*Sigh.