Eat your heart out, Apple - the Bellperre Touch smartphone has a 4.9-inch sapphire crystal screen, touch-thru-leather tech

Eat your heart out, Apple - the Bellperre Touch smartphone has a 4.9-inch sapphire crystal screen, touch-thru-leather tech
Apple doesn't make failures very often. That's why it feels particularly painful when it does. Last November, we all learned how its sapphire factory plans had spectacularly crashed and burned prior to the iPhone 6's launch. It will be a while before Apple finds a way to mass-produce sapphire crystal cylinders at reasonable cost, but this is Apple - when its collective creative potential puts its mind to something, it finds ways to do it really well.

Meanwhile, Vertu and Bellperre - a Dutch brand that prides itself on "timeless luxury phones" - already made sapphire happen. Of course, it is much easier to splurge on sapphire coating when you are selling a limited number of luxury handsets to the affluent, but in Bellperre's defense, sourcing enough crystal for a production run of 4.9-inch smartphones is no small feat!

Its 720p Super-AMOLED screen with premium glass covering aside, the Bellperre Touch has plenty of things going on for itself. Its built out of corrosion-resistant 316L stainless steel and either Buffalo leather or American Alligator skin - whatever you choose. All of this makes for a shatter and fire-resistant smartphone that will be produced in a whopping 73 colors! Oh, and that strip of leather below the screen? It's touch-sensitive - we take it there are capacitive keys or sensors underneath that act as Android's navigation buttons do.

As for processing grunt, this blue-blooded beast comes with a dual-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and at least 32GB of internal storage. It supports NFC, Bluetooth, and LTE, while an 8MP main camera and a 1.9MP front cam take care of photographs.

Price-wise, this one is actually on the low-end tier for luxury devices, at just about $3000 for the Buffalo leather version and $3430 for the Alligator Skin. While it doesn't scream "I'm rich!" quite as in your face as a $20,000 Vertu does, this is one finely hand-crafted piece of mobile technology.


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13 Comments

1. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

FUGLY!!!!!!!

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3238; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

The feature phone is beautiful. I dont mind owning one with black leather on steel

11. jamesblue

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

OMG - Touch with black alligator is just stunning. I do not need it, just want it for sure!

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

the ONLY thing i like is the fact that the color makes it to the front of the phone. most phones made in color seem to only be on the back. other than that you might want to change the title cause Apple will puke before eating their heart out with this phone

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

There's a mistake in title PA, it should be "Eatyour heart out, Bellpere, nobody will buy your phones." You're welcome.

4. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

ugly as hell .. --'

5. abhishekvashishth

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Vertu wannabe

6. epple

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 17, 2015

The BELLPERRE phones have class, personally I like Bellperre design more than Vertu.

7. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I like this phone....want one but probably can't afford one ;)

8. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Maybe a great phone, but a unhappy design.And, in actual days, this counts...

9. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

i like the design

12. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

i prefer Vertu's design than this

13. maikelmerkel

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

I prefer Bellperre because of it timeless and refined design. Vertu is boring

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