Android smartphones with the latest hardware can often have price tags of $600 or higher if you buy the phone outright instead of picking one up from a wireless carrier and paying it off over the course of your contract.
But Vertu thinks there’s a market for luxury smartphones that cost 10 times as much. The company’s new Vertu Constellation smartphone has a price tag of $6630. Seriously.
For that price you’d kind of expect a phone made out of solid gold… and while that’s not quite what you get, it’s not that far off the mark. While the phone has decent (but not spectacular) specs, it’s the case design that really sets it apart.
The Vertu Constellation has a sapphire glass display and a titanium case that’s covered by calf leather.
Under the hood, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and features 32GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, and a 4.3 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software.
Aside from the expensive materials that go into the case, Vertu helps justify the high price of the phone with additional services including Vertu Life which offers access to invitation-only events and clubs. But basically the only reason to spend thousands of dollars on a phone is probably so that you can tell people you spend thousands of dollars on your phone.
In other words, there’s no good reason to do it.