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

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:

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



1. GeekMovement unregistered

Poor baby cows. ):

2. android_hitman unregistered

at that price ..poor baby crocs more likely

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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.


Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

5. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

dumass lol.. lrn2spell.

6. Amro_

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

11. zennacko unregistered

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:

13. Kitkat_4.4

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

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

7. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

8. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

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

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

14. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

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

15. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

16. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

17. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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.

10. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

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

12. GrmanR

Posts: 41; Member since: Apr 09, 2013

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

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