British luxury handset designer Vertu has launched the new Vertu Ti, an Android smartphone with a price tag of €7,900 or $10,569.
This 3.7-inch smartphone doesn’t impress when it comes to the regular list of specifications: a dual-core, 1.7 GHz SnapDragon S4 CPU, Android 4.0, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage memory and an 8-megapixel camera.
If you’re curious as to what nearly $10,000 worth of smartphone gets you however, then read on.
It does, however, shine when it comes to the cost of materials used — crystal and titanium, and it’s all handmade by a single craftsman in England from 184 parts.
Ti Design translates into leather wrapped around the body of the phone, glossy chromatic metal edging, and an angular logo badge atop the screen, which makes the Ti look like it’s permanently frowning. On the back there’s a chunky module that houses the Ti’s 8-megapixel camera and an LED flash.
Vertu boasts that its choice of pricey materials make the Ti practically indestructible. The titanium case, the company claims, is roughly five times tougher than the cases around most cell phones, and flexes less than 1mm when a 500 Newton force is applied.
Ti is powered by Android, giving you access to thousands of apps via Google Play, and home screens on which to plant widgets and organize apps.
Unfortunately the Ti runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, rather than 4.2 Jelly Bean, the latest edition. As such you’ll miss out on treats like Photo Sphere and Google Now .
The 8-megapixel camera on the back (which nabs 1080p video capture), there’s a 1.2-megapixel snapper on the front, for video chats with your butler or yacht crew.
Vertu’s made room for 64GB of storage inside this phone, however, which is a healthy amount. When you’re paying this much, plenty of space for your movies and music is the least you’d expect, though. NFC is also along for the ride, but while this contactless technology has potential and could soon be used to make mobile payments in shops, there’s not a great deal you can do with it currently.
Designed may be made available if you want something really luxurious, there are even more-costly iterations available: $11,500 gets you a “Pure Black” model, and a “Black Alligator” option sets you back $12,800. At the very top of the range is a “Titanium Red Gold Mixed Metals” offering, which costs an eye-watering $19,900. Note that paying more only gets you pricier materials, while the specifications stay the same.
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Better Tune to its Video :The New Vertu Ti Android Smartphone