Vertu's New Signature Touch is easily its most powerful and luxurious device by a margin


Now, Vertu's phones have been traditionally known for their luxurious and extensively posh exterior design, as well as exorbitant price tags for a long time, whereas their hardware specs were not impressive by any means. Things suddenly changed in mid-2014, when Vertu launched the Signature Touch, which was not only a respectable member of the maker's exclusively-luxurious portfolio, but also packed some rather good and up-to-date specs for the time.

Guess what, Vertu's second crack at releasing a well-spec'd deluxe phone is now official and it's actually a second generation of last year's Signature Touch. Dubbed the New Signature Touch, the phones doesn't skimp it in the specs department. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and a 21MP rear camera with a custom image signal processor and phase-detection autofocus that will supports 4K video recording.

Out of the box, you get 64GB of native storage and a microSD card slot, 3,160mAh battery with wireless and quick charging, as well as stereo Dolby Digital Plus-compliant speakers at the front. At the front, we find a 5.2-inch 1080p LCD display that is covered with "5th-generation sapphire crystal". The New Signature Touch runs on Android 5.1 and has a wide selection of supported LTE bands as well as global Wi-Fi access courtesy of iPass. 

All in all, a well-endowed specs sheet, but what about the phone's exterior? It would seem that Vertu has not taken a step back in this regard as well. The New Signature Touch employs grade 5 titanium casing, ceramics, and handcrafted semi-aniline calf leather, intertwined together to recreate Vertu's iconic design. 


There are "dramatic" gull-wing doors at the rear of the posh phone, which shield the nanoSIM and microSD card slots and also feature a personal engraving. We have to give it to Vertu, the design of the Signature Touch is its true highlight and we can hardly think of a more premium combination of build materials and styling.

Last, but not least, the new high-end Vertu on the shelf comes with a handful of exclusive services that aid to complement the user's experience. You get Vertu Concierge, the company's 24/7 personal assistant service that is now free for use during the first 18 months after purchase, Vertu LIFE, which provides you with "unrestricted access to elite and invitation-only events" across the globe, and Vertu CERTAINTY, a security-oriented feature that encrypts all incoming and outcoming communications.

The luxurious device will be available in 4 colors and 8 different variations - Jet Calf, Garnet Calf, Grape Lizard, Pure Jet Lizard, Jet Alligator, Pure Navy Alligator, Clous de Paris Alligator, and Pure Jet Red Gold. A host of cases is also available for all variations. We also need to talk about the pricing of the Vertu New Signature Touch: well, it won't come cheap. 

Prices start at roughly $9,900 (£6,500) and can climb up to $20,900 (£13,700) depending on the version you opt for. It will be available in select stores around the globe starting October 16, but those impatient enough to get it will be able to do so at Harrods in the UK as well as other select boutiques between September 25 and October 8.  

Any thoughts?


source: Vertu

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28 Comments

1. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

luxury Phone but unfortunately with a cheap OS

4. TerryTerius unregistered

I would really like to hear your explanation for why you believe such a thing as a luxury OS would be, which is the inverse of a cheap OS. Especially since it's immaterial. Considering that from a practical standpoint iOS and Android don't have a great deal separating them. If anything, because Android is drastically more flexible it makes it much more possible to make any given device/UI/features unique.. As opposed to iOS, the inflexibility and uniformity of which would be the literal antithesis of luxury and the idea of a bespoke device.

6. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

they cant use iOS as its Apples property, and android is the only OS that can compete iOS in apps and performance and features

10. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Trolling comments and unfortunately for you a troll face as well.

13. LittleGaGaKiller

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

different opinions are called nowadays Trolling. awesome

14. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

By calling it a "cheap OS" when its definitely not is indeed, you trolling. Bring something of substance to the conversation next time.

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I like how you tried to escape with "opinion" excuse but still got dropped.

18. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

so what is the "not cheap" os? iOS? Windows 10? BB OS?

20. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Well, considering when it comes to most products (if not all) the most expensive have the most options and most customization options. Neither of those are iOS. iOS is the very definition of cheap and basic.

25. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Right...right... with a cheap OS. That would kinda explain why Google's stock is down the toilet. Oh...wait a minute...!

2. TerryTerius unregistered

Vertu devices have been getting better and better looking. In the super premium space, I think that between them and Gresso they make the most aesthetically pleasing devices. I realize I'm in the minority on this, but design is hugely important to me. Call it a consequence of my job. Kind of reminds me of super and hyper cars. On one hand it is a physical manifestation of egregious income inequality and everything that is wrong in this society. On the other, from a purely visceral standpoint; i'm glad they exist even if I can't afford one. If I had that kind of disposable income I I really do think I'd buy one.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

They are getting prettier each model. And very important, the insides are finally getting on par with current smartphones. I do think it's a bit of a loss they didn't change all icons to have a more uniform look. Also people forget that it's not only the handset you pay for, but it comes with a concierge function (free the first year), something which is very popular among rich people.

11. TerryTerius unregistered

That is true, I'd forgotten about that function and I agree with you on your point about the UI as well. I don't really see why that's something they wouldn't have been able to do. Hell, if all of these random developers are able to make gorgeous uniform icon packs for various launchers I don't really see why they wouldn't be able to bake a uniform aesthetic into their phones. It's not like it would have taken much money to pull off. Hell, to take that a step further they could have done something like the Samsung approach. Either put a theme store / engine into the phone or have predesiged system-wide themes and icon packs that can be chosen by the customer as a bespoke option for the phone that will be unique to their device, and their device alone. Wouldn't be expensive to do, and adds an extra layer of exclusivity.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

There are a few icons that look similar, the ones that Vertu supplies (like the concierge function). So they did take some time with Android devs. Not to mention the alteration to Android itself. They could have even asked the Nova launcher dev to create something nice/exclusive and I can name three devs that would make an exclusive icon pack that suit the look of the Vertu. They could even opt for a look that matches the outside (like dark blue icons for the dark blue leather version etc) using CM theme engine

21. TerryTerius unregistered

Not directly related but. I wonder if In the future there's a way for an established OEM (Samsung for example) to open up their skins to accept icon packs like Nova does? In all honesty, that is the primary reason I use Nova on my edge plus. Well, that and a few of the gesture controls and granular home screen options they have which TouchWiz lacks... Mostly because of icons though. But I'm no true techie and I'm ignorant as to whether or not there would be any technical limitations preventing that from happening. Or if it would merely be an issue with Samsung being unwilling to give up that kind of control.

24. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I love vertu phones bcoz of titanium build. I love the color of titanium, the satin silver. But I dont like leather. Is there any phone full titanium body with these specs?

3. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

PA are you going to review this?

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They need to buy it first...

7. TerryTerius unregistered

Not necessarily. Vertu could send them a review device.

19. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Hopefully. :)

8. Andrewtst

Posts: 697; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

First time I like Vertu phone. Who gonna free me one, I will accept it! Haha!

15. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'll free you... If you offer me.

12. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Finally a smartphone that suits me perfectly, Ok now I just need to know how to sell my car in ebay...

17. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

I wouldn't mind owning one.

23. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Damn, I need one of those!

26. Kratos7

Posts: 62; Member since: May 15, 2015

Hope MKBHD reviews this.

27. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Looks good but I like the simple design more nowadays. I bought a vertu ascent ti ferrari 5 yrs ago if I'm correct. Very nice looking phone and also solid. But it was nowhere near the high end phpnes in terms of specs and ui. Glad they get high end specs at least

28. monoke

Posts: 1195; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Wonder if they make a vertu look alike cover case for my z3 so i can tell people it's the new signature touch and then all the honeys will come holla at a player! lol.

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