Nokia's Vertu luxury phone brand enjoys robust growth, to out its first touchscreen phone the Constellation T
Never to be on the bleeding, or even the mid-range edge hardwarewise, Vertu compensates with handcrafted design and exclusive services. Its boss Peter Oosting says the company has increased staff by 50% because it experienced "high double-digit sales growth" since 2010, and sells about 30 000 phones a year. The average price is $5800 apiece, but the pimped out models in the Signature line go up to $17 000.
The luxury handset sports a 3.5" AMOLED display, 32GB of internal memory and an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash, which, compared to the rest of Vertu's lineup, is high-end. No word on pricing, but considering there won't be a keypad to adorn with diamonds, it might be cheaper than the Signature line. We kid, but Vertu is mum on pricing yet, and the Constellation T is expected to hit next month.