Luxurious Vertu Aster available now, prices start at $6,780, Android KitKat included

Luxurious Vertu Aster available now, prices start at $6,780, Android KitKat included
Vertu today officially announced its latest Android smartphone - the Vertu Aster, which we first saw last month.

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.


source: Vertu

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26 Comments

1. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Hasselblad also produced air craft camers during WW2 for surveillance

2. g2a5b0e unregistered

Surprised that these Vertus are now sporting fairly high-end specs. They always use to be mid-rangers pieces of garbage. Premium, sure, but still ugly in my opinion. I'm not sure why anyone would pay that much money for a phone that will be outdated in a year.

3. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

It's a niche product for a niche market. $7k is just chump change to Billionaires, Millionaires and such

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

I realize that, but I'm talking about value here. I realize value is subjective & that kind of money is nothing to a millionaire, but I bet even most people who make that kind of money would have trouble spending it on a device that is less functional than a regular flagship & costs ten times as much.

14. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Sure. But even if you look at iPhone they are not really value for money (more than iPhone for sure), but people buy it for something. Most of them for status. Same here I would say.

18. Smarter

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

Keep calm, bro. This is not a handset for indebted guys like you and other US citizens. This handset is for Russians, east-europeans, arabians, bankers, economists, brokers, enterpreneurs, catholic bishops, lessors, politicians and so on. They will pay that little money for a phone every year and that they will throw outdated phone in garbage.

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

Why are you telling me to keep calm? Do I seem excited to you? Besides, I am a banker. I make 6 figures a year. I wouldn't waste my money on this overpriced garbage.

21. MotorWerkz

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 12, 2014

Then you probably are not the real banker, it's not relevant how much you make per year, but the most important thing how much is left after you paid up all the cost in your life. Vertu is for someone who has a lot of disposable income. Value is varied, one man's treasure is another man's garbage.

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

I am not a real banker? You're funny. It's funny that you think someone has to be a real banker to be interested in this garbage. I could make a billion dollars a year & still wouldn't buy this.

24. sveto

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

Hahaha, you're a banker that makes 6 figures a year and at the same time hangs out on phonearena.com writing comments... You probably make 6 figure scores on some android game on your Samsung Galaxy Note. No offense, keep it real bro!

25. g2a5b0e unregistered

I guess bankers can't have hobbies. Mortgage Purchase Banker, buddy.

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

http://s1052.photobucket.com/user/g2a5b0e/media/20141013_110700_zpse4j5c7em.jpg.html?o=0 Feel free to give me a call if you still don't believe me. I'll be in my office until 7pm EST.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

All phones will be outdated in 6 months, let alone a year, so why not buy the cheapest?

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's a matter of cost to value. I will buy a Galaxy Note every year over a mid-ranger because it has major functionality over those devices. And let's be honest, the Note 3 is far from outdated right now. It stands very favorably against stuff coming out right now. Future proofing is key. But, why would I spend 10x what a Note costs for a Vertu that does less?

7. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Same argument for a Note over an iPhone. I find it silly that people actually go crazy over an iPhone that does less, and more expensive.

12. rromerof

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 28, 2012

Thinking like a millionaire the answer is easy: Because I can spend it.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

You clearly have no idea how millionaires think. Rich men don't stay rich thinking like that.

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I guess you're talking about the kinda-rich men, not the truly wealthy men.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you see what houses these b/millionaires live in, what they spend on maintenance and personal alone. I doubt they worry about 7000 on a phone that comes with a concierge function as well http://www.vertu.com/global/en/services/concierge/

22. MotorWerkz

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 12, 2014

I don't think you have any idea how rich people think.

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

How is this gonna be outdated in 6 months when it has a really nice cpu, and generally spec vise is on par with this year flagships from android ecosystem? Its a hand crafted phone with expensive high end materials and if vertu keep the updates rolling it can go fine for at least two years. Have you seen MANY multi millionaires driving cheap cars and living in cheap homes? Thats why. Its all about image and that hand crafted quality that rich people seek.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

damn now this is a BEND-ER proof brick for high rollers..

10. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

And my pocket says "Yuck!"

11. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

WOW a phone for Rich man , at least it is cheaper than previous model

16. plumix

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 28, 2014

This phone is ugly

17. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Pretty nice and unique.

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