The Vertu Signature Precious will make you forget about your high-end smartphone
These are the kinds of thoughts that crossed our minds when we saw (on images, sadly) the Vertu Signature Precious. The hand-crafted handset comes in a bunch of material and color combinations to suit even the most pretentious customer. Generally, models come in yellow, red, or white gold, or, if you don't like gold, in platinum. The gold and platinum elements are combined with other luxurious materials such as leather, ceramic and diamonds, as well as sapphire crystal for the screen, you know, the usual stuff. Depending on the specific model, the device can weigh from 7.5oz (214g) to 8.4oz (238g).
Do not expect to find a gigahertz processor packed with this one. Specs-wise, the phone is pretty stripped-off, with the highlights being a “high-resolution” OLED screen, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and microUSB port, as well as dual-band 3G. Hooray for dual-band 3G!
There are a number of other special treats coming with Vertu's latest temptation. These include exclusive ringtones, which are actually pieces by composer Dario Marianelli, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as some other custom services by the company.
For good or bad, the price is not mentioned anywhere, so one will have to ask, if interested. And if you're still holding onto that iPhone or Android phone of yours, check out the video below and think again.
source: Vertu via Engadget
1. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
Well of you have to ask, then its obviously way too much for you, which consequently would prompt snooty looks and the dismissal "we don't service people of your...‘stature’ here. Try, Apple, or something a little more ‘LOW-CLASS’ mmkaay."
2. ChiX017 (unregistered)
the Nokia Oro is of better value.
3. Crossblade (Posts: 182; Member since: 21 Apr 2005)
Vertu hasn't changed its design for years.
4. hepresearch (unregistered)
Supposing one of these high-class types had the unspeakable gaul to "accidentally drop" their precious Vertu? "Oh no! The gold trim has a dent in it! The leather back is scratched! One of the sapphire keys fell out!" I do not spend lots of money on things that I could accidentally lose or destroy in an instant... I have never spent more than $300 for an unlocked smartphone... in fact, when I have bought phones from carriers in the past under contract, I have always gotten them for free. I am so cheap, in fact, that I still drive my old '95 Honda Civic, which now has just over 302,000 miles on it...
5. Gawain (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
Vertu designs don't really do it for me, but the services behind it are pretty impressive. The "concierge" services available are apparently the likes of which you might imagine seeing in a movie - they get it done. Want tickets to that sold out event? Need last minute reservations first class to wherever? Want P.F. Changs delivered to your mountain climbing base camp once you descend from the summit? If I had the means and the need...I might be tempted...