Vertu announces the Constellation, a $6600 leather-backed Android phone
orange is a color!); and, it will be used to cover the Constellation's Grade 5 titanium body.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,
According to Vertu's CEO Massimiliano Pogliani, the Constellation is aimed at a different market than the $10,000 Ti, saying:
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.