Founded by Nokia in 1998, Vertu is a luxury mobile phone brand based in Hampshire, England. Often purchased new by appointment, their phones are specifically marketed towards affluent and fashion-conscious consumers around the world. Their most expensive handset, the £167,567 Vertu Signature Cobra, was limited to eight editions from the French jeweller Boucheron, and featured a keypad surmounted by diamonds, emeralds and rubies in a cobra design.
Among their regular issue handsets, the Vertu Ti features an almost completely scratch proof and sizeable 3.7" sapphire crystal screen, along with a strong but lightweight titanium casing, and symphonic sound developed and tuned with expert collaboration from the luxury Nordic audio brand, Bang and Olufsen. Each device is also signed on the inside by the craftsman who pieced it together. The Vertu Ti is powered by the celebrated Android 4.0, has a dual core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory. It also has two cameras, a high definition 1080p 8MP camera on the back, and a smaller 1.3MP one on the front making it ideal for Skype calls.
The Constellation's operating system is the newer Android 4.2, or Jelly Bean, which runs on a dual core 1.7GHz processor. The rear camera on this phone is 13MP with twin LED flash, while the front camera remains a Skype compliant 1.3MP. With a sleek design backed by tactile European calf leather, the Constellation is quite the fashion accessory and is available in a range of five colours: classically understated black, mocha or cappuccino, and the more bold and contemporary orange or raspberry pink.
The flagship Signature range is perhaps the brand's most recognisable, often encased in sapphire, rubies, leather and rich luxurious colour schemes. They are known first and foremost for their opulence and style.