Vertu launches new Constellation smartphone

Priced at $6,765, does this phone have what it takes to stand up against competition?
Vertu launches new Constellation smartphone
By Salma Awwad
Fri 25 Oct 2013 10:01 AM

Handmade in England with premium materials and pushed through by an over-the-top advertising campaign, the new Constellation is introduced by Vertu as a sleek, contemporary smartphone that combines all of Vertu’s expertise in fine materials, craftsmanship, technology and services.

“Constellation moves Vertu design into a contemporary realm. When we created VERTU Ti, we used a very elegant, design language that visually connects to our heritage and that gives the product a timeless quality.  Conversely, in Constellation, we have designed a modern, minimal phone that is sleek and understated. While Constellation takes Vertu in a new design direction, materially it embodies everything that the brand has become renowned for – tactile materials, outstanding engineering and craftsmanship and modern technology,” said Vertu’s Head of Total Product Offering, Ignacio Germade.

Sapphire crystal is a frequent part of the Vertu line-up. Constellation uses a 5.1 inch piece which weighs more than 100 carats , to cover the front part of the phone and protecting the 4.3 inch 720p high definition screen.

Surrounding the sapphire crystal is a grade 5 titanium casing surrounds the screen and is covered by calf leather that comes in five color options of  cappuccino, black, orange, mocha and raspberry. 

Technically, Vertu Constellation offers everything required for the basic smartphone user: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core 1.7 GHz CPU, 32GB of internal memory, 13MP rear-facing camera with full HD video (1080p), a front-facing Skype compliant 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.

Vertu also includes their usual range of exclusive services, such as Vertu LIFE and Vertu CERTAINTY.

Vertu LIFE offers customers a personalised selection of exclusive privileges and unrestricted access to elite events available directly on device. Features include complimentary entry to the most exclusive Private Members’ Clubs around the world, access to invitation-only events and closed-door shopping experiences.

Vertu has now operated for a year as a stand-alone company following its purchase by EQT this time last year. Constellation marks the second major product launch for the company in this period and currently retails for $6765.

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