Thursday, October 3, 2013

Vertu Reveals the Constellation Smartphone

The handcrafted Android smartphone features a 4.3-inch 720p HD screen coated with a 5.1-inch sapphire crystal that renders it unscratchable by anything save diamond.

The casing is made from grade 5 titanium that gives it twice the strength of stainless steel with half the weight. Meanwhile the back of the handset is genuine leather and available in a range of colours.

Vertu hasn't been known as a specification trailblazer, but the Constellation more than holds its own with a dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 13MP rear-facing camera with a twin LED flash and 32GB of on-board storage.

It also has you sorted connectivity-wise thanks to 802.11 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
For anyone not familiar with Vertu, this is the company's second Android handset following the Vertu Ti in February and, like the Ti, the Constellation comes with exclusive features that Vertu is known for.

The Vertu Life feature offers exclusive access to private members' clubs and invite-only events around the world while Vertu Certainty offers protection for both you and the handset through Vertu's partnerships with security companies.

Silent Circle provides the encryption service for the phone's emails, texts and voice calls while Kaspersky handles the anti-virus. Personal and corporate security is provided by Protector Services Group.

"We sell beautiful materials, exclusivity and curated service, that’s the thing you buy into," Vertu's head of design, Hutch Hutchison, told

"The Constellation has been distilled, to find out what’s really important about the brand which, when it comes down to it, is the tactility, the genuine materials, the quality, the strength and then, visually, what it is that makes it a Vertu," he said.

The Vertu Constellation goes on sale this week for €4,900 (N1,225,000.00) and is available at selected stores.