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Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review

Posted: , by Nanko R.

Overall, the replica is a bit bigger (112 x 45 x 16 mm versus 109 x 44 x 15.7 mm), lighter and with larger display. According to the manufacturer, it supports 262k colors, but the picture is not impressive and is hard to use in broad daylight. Here, the main difference with the genuine phone is in the protective screen, which is made out of plastic instead of sapphire.

Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review

Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
Above it is positioned the ear-piece with the exact copy of the Vertu logo. The tiny pins all over the body of the phone are also a precise duplicate of the original and create the impression that the phone has been handcrafted even though they are more of a decoration. The whole front part of the device is lovely and is made of a nicely polished metal.

Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
The buttons are entirely made of plastic which feels nice on touch. An optional variant of the genuine Constellation comes with ceramic ones, but our version is also using plastic, with similar quality. Our only remark on the knockoff is that the backlit is stronger in the central part.

There are some differences in the side buttons as well. On the left, the “cheap Vertu" has a volume rocker. It has sharp edges and they can even cause pain when pressed, but the button is extremely easy to find by touch. In the $4300 version, the shortcut menu key is located here.

left and right sides - Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
left and right sides - Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review

left and right sides

On the right, V9 has a small “thorny” button, which activates the sound recorder. As a result of a bug in the software, when you turn on the phone without a SIM card in place, it will be camera dedicated, even if the device is not equipped with one. The genuine model has the volume control on this side.

Another thing is that the phone is powered on by pressing the “end” button and it doesn’t have a dedicated power button like most Nokias and respectively, the devices of the Vertu brand (owned by the Finnish giant). The charger/data connector and the 2.5 mm jack are located on the bottom. The Chinese manufacturer offers its own charger instead of the standard Nokia one, including an adaptor.

The knockoff lacks power key - Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review
Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review

The knockoff lacks power key


The UK made devices have a special hardware key, which unlocks the back lid. Although the keyhole and the two speakers are a precise copy, a key is nowhere to be found in the Asian clones box, but it is not needed either. The battery lid can be opened by simply sliding it down, and the keyhole is just a decoration. Accompanied by the brand logo and the “unique” identification code, they are located on a metal plate. The rest of the back is covered with leather and our amateur in this field hands and noses couldn’t spot the difference with the “luxury leather from northern Europe”.

SIM and memory card slots - Vertu Constellation Knockoff Review

SIM and memory card slots

Once you remove the 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery, hidden under the lid, you will see the microSD slot, which lacks in the original. It is right next to the SIM card holder. It is not the best possible solution, but considering that if it were externally placed it would have ruined the authentic look, we find it acceptable.

Overall, the design is a good copy of the original. To prove that, we’ll admit that we got confused a few times while taking pictures of the phones. In other words, the phone is an eye catcher and only if you are familiar with the Vertu brand you will be able to spot the knockoff.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:55

1. hussam (unregistered)

thanx alot for this review, i wanted to buy this phone but after reading what u wrote i wont

posted on 20 May 2008, 01:41

2. Simdes (unregistered)

I like the replica more... Probably because it is chinese and not some european money sucker with less functionality than a rusty toaster.

posted on 23 May 2008, 14:54

3. Nickolai (unregistered)

I own one of these phones and have not experienced any bad signal whatsoever. The menu is a littly chunky, but with more functionality. On the whole it's off the hook for a knockoff. 8/10

posted on 23 May 2008, 15:04

4. Boris (unregistered)

2Simdes and 2Nickolai: i totally agree with you guys.i have the ascent racetrack from lux-replica and have had no problems...great review though, thank you, i like the comparison to the real thing.

posted on 27 May 2008, 12:29

5. hussam (unregistered)

would u plz tell us about there ascent racetrack ferrari? is it good? after reading the comments here i want to read more and more, it is a 1000 $ here, i can but nokia 8800 arte with it

posted on 06 Jun 2008, 07:23

6. (unregistered)

get the arte!

posted on 26 Jul 2008, 06:09

7. Sayam (unregistered)

I did spot a fake and proved my point with your review. By the way, Try getting you hands on the new fake one with a camera, more options and no chinese stickers. You can spot one easily in Grey Markets of India. Do a review on how much it has changed!

posted on 30 Jul 2008, 15:19

8. Gurshant (unregistered)

hey i love the ferrari racetrack edition can you tell me where in india !! I live in new delhi!! But never crossed it in karol bagh or gafhar!! I saw the ferrari for 600us$ onhttp://www.igotyah.com/b2b_cpinfo.asp?id=804 should i buy it or not !!

posted on 31 Jul 2008, 01:38

9. (unregistered)

buy it on your own risk

posted on 27 Nov 2010, 09:59

10. Jane_ (unregistered)

I`m looking for a button for Vertu consellation.Are there anу?

posted on 26 Apr 2011, 13:21

11. djd (unregistered)

Does this review apply to ALL Vertu replicas ? I was planning to purchase one, but do not want to waste my money if it is not good.

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