On a small island called England where Bentleys and Aston Martins were made, today released a smartphone for the rich, called the Vertu Ti. This luxurious device can be anyone’s for a hefty $19,900 (£7000).
So is it really worth the 5 digit figure? Vertu says its processor is faster than the iPhone, sitting on Google’s Android OS and covered in a sapphire screen that’s so strong, it can only be scratched by diamonds.
Vertu Ti’s unique feature lies with its apps: Life, Certainty and Concierge, which contain a back-up feature; a magazine; and other services such as security to restaurant bookings. It also features secure NFC so in the future you might be able to pay for things at the till; there’s an 8MP camera and performance all round is decent enough. It weighs a solid 180g, feeling serious in the hand. Hardware buttons make it feel solid in use, too.
The sound from this device is said to be tuned in cahoots with “Bang & Olufsen and punctuated by the London Symphony Orchestra. Powerful stereo drivers are acoustically integrated into the chassis to maximise frequency response and level.”
Android™ 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Corporate & personal email
Google Mobile Services, including Gmail™, Google+™, Maps™, Navigation, Street View, Google Play Store™ & Google Play Music™, Google Drive™ cloud storage & YouTube™.
Browser (default Android™ Ice Cream Sandwich)
3.7” WVGA landscape, brilliant, high contrast display
8 MP main camera with AF and twin LED flash
1.3MP Skype compliant front camera
64GB of internal memory
A-GPS + Compass
Gyro and accelerometer for orientation and game play
Talk time: Up to 7.2 hr
Stand-by: Up to 200 hr
Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA Bands I, II, IV, V, VIII HSPA+, Cat24, 42Mb/s Downlink, Cat6 5.76Mb/s Uplink WLAN 802.11 a,b,g, n, inc WAPI for PRC Micro USB system connector 3.5mm audio socket Bluetooth v4 + LE NFC + SIM based secure element WiFi hotspot (tethering & portable hotspot)
You can purchase the Vertu Ti from their website.