There are Expensive Smartphones everywhere but Vertu Smartphones are definitely one of a kind. Vertu started off in 1998 as a boutique brand for Nokia, and unveiled its first phone, the Signature in 2002. The Company’s Headquarters is located just outside a small village called Church Crookham, in Hamsphire, about 400 miles west of London and it also houses it’s assembling factory.
The Signature Red Gold Black DLC phone is one of a kind, and it costs about £23,000. DLC in it’s name stands for Diamond like Carbon coating, the same stuff they use in formula one car engines .
And they don’t look like the other phones on the market. The Signature, with its chevron keyboard, is a sleek, slightly dangerous-looking creation that shares a lot of design cues with the luxury cars the people who own these phones probably drive.
The phones also come with features you won’t find in your average phone, like 18-carat gold styling and sapphire keys. Oh, and the ring tones were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra. Plus owners get access to a 24-hour concierge service and a “dedicated personal lifestyle manager,” and access to members’ clubs around the world and “iconic fashion events and happenings.”
What’s remarkable about this model (apart from the price) is that it’s really a feature phone, rather than a smartphone: it runs the Series 40 software, the descendant of the software that would have run on your Nokia phone a few years back.
The point here, of course, is that if you have enough money to buy one of these phones, you can probably afford not only a separate smartphone but also someone else to check your Instagram.
These handsets aren’t created on an anonymous production line. Each is built by hand. That even extends to walking the components from place to place on a trolley.
The components of each device arrive on a tray at the workstation, and then on-screen instructions guide the workers through the process of building the handset. Each is assembled by a single maker, and in one of the last stages of the production process, their signature is laser-etched inside to emphasize the handmade nature.
Vertu also has other Smartphones which are also not cheap such as Signature Touch (starting at £6,500, equal to the cost of about 12 of the Apple iPhone 6s) and has the computing power you might expect from a high-end smartphone. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and combines a Qualcomm Snapdragon 64-bit octa-core processor with a 5.2-inch 1080p display protected by sapphire crystal and a 21-megapixel camera.
the Aster (starting at £3,950) in sumptuous leather and exotic skins (with pink stingray and red alligator leather and even “raspberry pink” ostrich skin among the options) is more reminiscent of a high-end fashion bag.
Though the phones are expensive but if you have the cash, you can definitely give them a try.
Credit : Tech Republic
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