Luxurious Vertu Aster available now, prices start at $6,780, Android KitKat included26
Available to buy in the UK as of now, the Aster is a luxury device that doesn’t come cheap (just like any other Vertu handset), though it’s not as expensive as we initially thought it would be. Prices for the smartphone start at £4,200, which means about $6,785, or €5,350.
Like the Signature Touch (introduced by Vertu in June), the Aster runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and provides access to exclusive services like Vertu Classic Concierge, Vertu Life, and Vertu Certainty. The device offers a set of pretty nice features, including: a 4.7-inch “virtually scratch-proof” sapphire crystal display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, LTE, NFC, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, and a 2275 mAh battery. There’s a 2.1 MP camera on the front, and a Hasselblad-certified 13 MP rear camera with dual LED flash on the back (in case you didn’t know, Hasselblad is a Swedish manufacturer that provided, among others, camera equipment for the fist Moon landing way back in 1969).
The Vertu Aster weighs 193 grams, measures 143.4 x 69 x 11.2 mm, and is handcrafted in England. Its body is made out of exquisite materials, including “Grade 5 titanium alloy, and various types of leather (calf, karung, and ostrich).
Vertu says that, starting next year, anyone in the world will be able to order smartphones via its official website. Anyone - as long as they have the right kind of money.