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Vertu announces the Constellation, a $6600 leather-backed Android phone

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Vertu announces the Constellation, a $6600 leather-backed Android phone
Just in case you're in the market for a smartphone that costs almost as much as a Sony XBR65X900A 4K Ultra HD TV, Vertu has got you covered. Vertu has always been the go-to manufacturer if you wanted an obscenely expensive mobile phone, and while its new Vertu Constellation doesn't quite hit the heights of the Vertu Ti, it still clocks in at a cool $6600.

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 may have faux stitching on its plastic back to make it look like leather, but the Constellation will be using real, straight-from-a-baby-cow leather. The soft calf leather will come in five colors: black, light brown, dark brown, cherry, and orange (that's right Motorola, orange is a color!); and, it will be used to cover the Constellation's Grade 5 titanium body. 

According to Vertu's CEO Massimiliano Pogliani, the Constellation is aimed at a different market than the $10,000 Ti, saying:
You want the full monty, concierge? You go for the Ti. You want a more easy approach, still belong to the group with privileged access, sleekier design, more unisex? You go for the Constellation.

And, as you might expect, despite the price tag, the Constellation does not have top-of-the-line specs. It will be running a "lightly customized" Android 4.2, and will offer a 4.3-inch 720p display and a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC with a beefed up GPU, a 13-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, a 1.3-megapixel front shooter, a 1,800mAh battery, 32GB of storage, and no LTE. 

The device will retail for €4,900 (about $6,630) and should work just fine on either AT&T or T-Mobile, though it obviously won't be offered directly through either carrier. It will be available in select Vertu stores this month, but even seeing the device will be by appointment only. 

source: Vertu via Engadget

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posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:05 7

1. GeekMovement (unregistered)

Poor baby cows. ):

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:10 6

2. android_hitman (unregistered)

at that price ..poor baby crocs more likely

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:36 1

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Considering the "specs", i'm thinking leather straight-from-A-baby-cow is needed. Yeah, yeah, only 1 calf is needed for this project.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:14 3

3. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

Which Dumass will buy this instead of an iPhone 5S, Htc one, z ultra and Z1?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:44 5

5. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

dumass lol.. lrn2spell.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 01:54 4

6. Amro_ (Posts: 12; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)

You should learn to spell too. Upper-case characters are used in the beginning of a sentence. Only one period is used at the end of a sentence.

Seriously, who buys these Vertu phones? Their design is pretty ugly and they're way too expensive. Apparently someone buys them, since the company has been around for 15 years already.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 03:46

11. zennacko (Posts: 237; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)

People who want some "Premium feeling" when buying a phone, people with inflated ego, and people who thinks Apple isn't... sophisticated enough for their tastes, due to the fact that even a stray dog can get an iPhone on a 2 year contract. But no stray dog, salaryman (there isn't much difference from the former to the latter :P), or your average joe can buy a Vertu. Hell, they might even ask you to wear at least a Calvin Klein/Hugo Boss suit,designer shoes, just to enter the store. I guess they don't need to check credit as I think they won't finance any phone, it will be full payment straight D:

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 07:50

13. Kitkat_4.4 (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

They are never bought for performance or looks. It is bought to make a statement.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 02:04 1

7. promise7 (Posts: 891; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

Aside from all the obvious ridiculous things about this phone, but no LTE? Also, what kind of updates do these get?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 02:16

8. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

A 1,800 mAh battery...for how much? Who is the seller designating as the buyers for this...the Queen of England?

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 03:15

9. tedkord (Posts: 14124; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Wealthy people who want a status symbol. Also, it comes with some sort of worldwide personal concierge/assistant. A real person.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 08:50

14. shikroi (Posts: 187; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

grade 5 titanium, calf leather and sapphire glass costs a lot of money.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 14:11

15. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

Yeah but what use is a phone when it only looks good on the outside. It the inside that matters.

A car may look awesome when you give it a paint job, but it doesn't mean its gonna change its performance. It's like having a car that doesn't work, but looks sick on the outside.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 16:24

16. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Tell that to all the Apple, Nokia & HTC fans on this site

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 16:36

17. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

LOL I don't use any of those brand phones anymore. I have had all those brands before though. I have had HTC HD2, Nokia Lumia 920, and iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. I sold all of them except iP5, which I gave to family.

Though I have to say Nokia actually has good design and hardware. I just didn't like WP8. I haven't yet used Samsung, so I can't speak for them.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 03:17

10. Rongocook (Posts: 76; Member since: 20 Sep 2013)

I'd like one just for bragging to my frens.

posted on 04 Oct 2013, 07:25 2

12. GrmanR (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Apr 2013)

A $6600 budget phone, what I always wanted....

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