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Vertu phones may become less pointless in February, Android model incoming

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Vertu phones may become less pointless in February, Android model incoming
Despite being outrageously expensive, Vertu phones have never been regarded as particularly smart. Even the brand's top-of-the-line models – covered in diamonds and precious metals, rely on either the obsolete Symbian platform, or the even dumber Series 40. Sure, the people who buy them aren't likely to be even remotely interested in their technical specs, yet still, Vertu's new owners have decided to put a little more focus on what their handsets can actually be used for.

The announcement of a Vertu smartphone running Android is scheduled for February, according to the popular Russian blogger Eldar Murtazin. He further notes that the handset will cost about 3000 euro (a bit over $4000), which may seem outrageous for a phone, but it is actually pretty low for a Vertu. There are no leaked images of the rumored device, nor any hardware specifications, but it will surely be made out of premium materials, such as genuine leather, sapphire glass and hand-crafted metal. Our guess is that the Vertu Concierge service, available 24 hours a day, will also be part of the deal. 

Why Android and not, for example, Windows Phone? Well, if Vertu was still owned by Nokia, we would have expected the latter to be the brand's new platform of choice, but its current owner – EQT, seems to favor Google's mobile OS. Perhaps that's due to its flexibility as far as customization is concerned as it would take a bit more than Live Tiles and handful of theme colors to impress a billionaire. 

Vertu phones may become less pointless in February, Android model incoming

source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter) via Android Authority

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posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:10 6

1. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Xperia Z coated with Diamonds...

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:19 10

2. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Symbian in newer Vertus is actually smarter than iPhone.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:23 1

3. FireDragon (Posts: 107; Member since: 13 Nov 2009)


It was used as official phone for last season of The Celebrity Apprentice.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 04:24 4

4. MistB (Posts: 571; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Give it Note 3 specs with snapdragon 800/Exynos octa. 5-6 inch display with multi-view display with multitasking, 3GB of RAM and a large battery in excess of 3,000 MaH. Latest version of android with nexus like updates and then you could have the Bugatti Galbier of super phones. Knowing Vertu though it'll most likely be gingerbread/ICS with 512 mb of RAM.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 05:04 1

6. amiaq (Posts: 454; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


I ll sell "wendygarret" for this phone!!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 05:36 1

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


It would be much better that you just gave it to me :)

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 19:22

10. SleepingOz (unregistered)


You won't get half of this phone..

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:01 2

8. muhsen (Posts: 259; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


wait a second , u r getting this piece of info from eldar murtazin. the one who predicted everything wrong about nokia,lol. anything from this guy should be thrown to the trash!!!
" it would take a bit more than Live Tiles and handful of theme colors to impress a billionaire."
tell that to mark cuban :http://www.phonearena.com/news/Mark-Cuban-says-the-Nokia-Lumia-crushes-the-Apple-iPhone-5_id38036
or jessica alba who is switching between lumias:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Jessica-Alba-spotted-with-white-Nokia-Lumia-920_id39047
anyway, would please base ur articles on more reliable sources??? most blogs already dropped eldar murtazin as a source for their articles!!

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 07:36 1

9. troutsy (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


You quoted 2 PA articles in your rant about how PA uses poor sources?

The Kettle is on the other line, says he's looking for a guy named "Pot".

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 19:31

11. hepresearch (unregistered)


What is most interesting to me is this:

I know that Vertu sells in an entirely different kind of device market than its former parent, Nokia, but would it not be interesting to see what happens when Vertu starts selling Android products... since this is the kind of transition that Nokia could have made, but did not? I would like to see where this goes just to see if Vertu's Symbian to Android transition goes anything like what I envisioned of how a similar one for Nokia could have gone, in leiu of the Symbian to WP transition they opted for instead.

posted on 30 Jan 2013, 22:36

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 706; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Nokia still owns a small share of Vertu, mind you. Training on Android perhaps?

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 15:32

13. hepresearch (unregistered)


I doubt it. Nokia may not have the strength to survive yet another steep transition so soon after their WP transition. If anything, this will just go to show how successful Nokia COULD HAVE BEEN if they had gone straight to Android the first time they had the opportunity to. I liked Symbian, but if the CEO decides they've got to go elsewhere, at least they should have gone to Android when they had the chance. It is now too late... until they succeed at WP (which is a little sketchy right now, so they may never get the second chance).

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