Would you buy this leather-backed, titanium-built smartphone for $6,600?


As a man who isn’t necessarily “rolling in the dough,” there are very few things I’d spend $6,600 on. This Android smartphone with genuine premium leather isn’t one of them. It’s the V’ertu Constellation, the company’s latest smartphone for bigwigs with big wallets. Leather isn’t the only thing making this smartphone “premium,” though.


Perhaps the toughness of the sapphire-based glass over the display is what will make sales, which is “strong enough to resist the impact of a 200g steel ball being dropped on it from a height of one metre.” Or perhaps it’s the full grade 5 titanium construction the chassis is made of.

In any case, it certainly isn’t the specs that has us drooling. While not bad, this list of specs isn’t quite indicative of a phone worth $6,600:

  • 4.3-inch 720p display
  • 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core
  • 13 megapixel camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • Android 4.2
  • NFC
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • 1,800mAh battery and more

Of course, phones of this nature often don’t aim to be the biggest and baddest in performance. In fact, this is one of the few premium phones that offers a decent suite of specs to go along with the suave look and feel. If you’re a big baller and have $6,600 dollars to waste, you can set up a private viewing with Vertu through their website ahead of the device’s availability at some point in the weeks to come.

[via Engadget]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I’m going to get one in every color. That way, I can choose which one to use depending on what custom tailored Italian suit I wear and which matching Ferrari I choose to drive on any particular day.

    1. I wonder what the assurion deductible is on this bad boy?

  2. I will have to go with…NO

  3. Totally would.

  4. An 1800mAh battery? 720dpi screen? With those groundbreaking specs, heck yeah!

    1. And you’d only be 1 version behind, what a deal!

    2. 720dpi is better than any other phone currently out, but at 720p it doesn’t come close to 720dpi. It’s in the ballpark of about 340dpi.

      1. Sorry, I meant p, I used to sell high end dtp equipment back in the day….old skoool, yo.

  5. My only question is why are these luxury phones, spec’d like crap

    1. Status symbols my friend. The person who is going to buy this knows nothing about technology. They simply want it to say they have it. To one up there fellow millionaire. But in reality they have a crappy phone. I could see this being huge in countries like Russia where the gangster-douches dress like morons. This fits them

  6. With that design and those specs, WHO COULD SAY “NO”?!??

    1. Why euthanasia?

  7. Titanium would be really nice, but I think that Apple and HTC have shown that aluminum is probably a better material for this application due to it being even lighter but still strong enough for a phone.

    1. Titanium is really light I don’t think it would change the weight that much.

    2. Titanium is way stronger than aluminum. Dropping and cracking a screen often comes with an accompanied bent corner that makes it hard to replace the cracked screen.

  8. Let me see, buy 1 phone or buy an 18 pack of Nexus 5’s or a 9 pack of iPhone 5s’s

  9. I’d be curious to know how many phones Vertu has sold and who buys them. They’ve been around for a few years so somebody must buy them but who? Besides being grossly obsolete these phones don’t even work as jewelery, look at that thing it’s just plain ugly. A phone isn’t like a watch, a fine watch lasts forever (I have my great grandfather’s pocket watch and it works as well as it did when it was new in the 1890s). A phone is good for a couple of years before it’s hopelessly obsolete. Even if you kept it longer eventually the standards that it’s based on will no longer be supported so it can’t ever become a collectible because it won’t be able to function 10 years from now let alone a 100 years from now.

    1. middle eastern people…with a lot of oil money

  10. let me check wwith my private accountant that lives inside my live in vault.

  11. Sure, if Phandroid is putting up the coins.
    Making Titanium is now as easy as making Aluminum, so not such a big deal.

    1. but not the same about of $$$$

      1. http://science.slashdot.org/story/00/10/08/0230238/titanium-as-cheap-as-aluminum Those in the know. Like Diamonds we are led to believe.

  12. that bezel though…

  13. I want to know why we cant get variants like this made by a decent company. I would (still) love to have a carbon fiber, Kevlar, titanium or other exotic material phone. I think an industrial type look would appeal a lot more to men.

    1. Right – you want a phone that matches your man-jewelry watch? j/k :)

      1. I wish I had a cool watch that was CF or something like that. Also, my wedding ring is Carbon Fiber and Tungsten. So yes?

    2. Moto does kevlar chassis. For Moto X they consider wood (or wood-like) backs. Why don’t you think Vertu is a decent company?

  14. When I look at the middle one; all I see is a basketball

    1. When I look at the left one, all I see is a football.

    2. When I look at the bottom one, all I see is a dodgeball.

  15. Vertu again…. it looks stupid and ugly to me.

  16. The voices inside my head are screaming, “Buy it!”

  17. hmmm I’d consider it. my phone has been take a lot of balls to the screen recently

    1. This post can be taken the wrong way in so many ways.

  18. will it blend?

    1. Titanium? Depends on how thick the case is I’d bet.

  19. it’s a vertu dog

  20. Sure and after I put myself in debt ill put my balls in a vice grip to ease the pressure.

  21. I’d pay $6,200 tops

  22. Only if CM supports it

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