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.

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.

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.

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 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”.

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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