Vertu's New Android: Made In The UK, Dog Ugly And $10,000

Vertu, the purveyors of luxury mobile phones, has announced its latest waste of money. Called the Ti, it's handmade in the UK, and it can be yours for the princely sum of $10,000.

What do you get for your money? Ooh, a titanium case (hence the name), a sapphire crystal display, and the reassurance of quality that comes with a product handmade in England. Sadly, the specs don't quite match the price ticket: you'll get a 3.7-inch WVGA screen, dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor and... Android 4.0?

Yes, that operating system is 16 months old. Yes, that is terrible. Still, you get 24-hour concierge service, which means you probably don't really need your phone to be able to do stuff anyway. What's funny is that Vertu's head of design acknowledges that the phone is a bit crap, telling the BBC that "Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology... it has to be about relevant technology and craftsmanship - it's not a disposable product."

All that, and you're not impressed? Well ex-Nokia Vice President Anssi Vanjoki certainly is. He says:

And if that nonsensical gibbering isn't enough to convince you, well... I don't think anything else will either. [Vertu, BBC]



    “Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology… it has to be about relevant technology and craftsmanship – it’s not a disposable product.”

    key word being relevant... LOL

    Its like comparing a bentley continental GT to a nissan GTR

    Both have 4WD, both have heaps of power but the the GTR will lap the nurburgring a lot quicker for 1/8th the cost

    however if you cruise both of them down the las vegas strip one will get you a lot more attention from money grubbing whores

      And that's a good thing, right?

        it is if you are so much of a superficial arsehole that you would spend ten thousand dollars on a mobile phone

    Anyone who knows anything about the Vertu phones will know the point isn't about the lastest tech.

    That's not what you're buying.

    Hell, the Vertu phones were behind on every notable mobile phone feature right back to things like MMS and Bluetooth. More so back when they were under Nokia. They might even still be under Nokia.

    I have seen several Vertu stores in China (where I live). Although I have yet to see anyone in the store browsing (unlike the Apple stores) I'm sure China must be one of Vertu's primary markets given how vain and materialistic the nouveau riche/government officials are here. Who cares if it runs 4.0 so long as it is expensive that is all that matters.

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