Luxury phone maker Vertu is going out of business (for now, at least)

Vertu has been making ridiculously expensive smartphones for almost two decades. But the company is liquidating its assets, shutting down its UK-based manufacturing arm, and laying off almost 200 people. Apparently selling smartphones for tens of thousands of dollars isn’t as solid a business model today as it was… whenever it was, I guess. The […]

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon is a luxury Android Wear watch for $2500 and up

Luxury smartwatches aren’t just an Apple thing. A handful of high-end watch makers have watches powered by Google’s Android Wear software over the past few years, and now Louis Vuitton wants in on the action… if there is any real action in this space. But with a starting price of $2450, the company probably […]

Montblanc Summit is a $900(ish) smartwatch with Android Wear 2.0

Tech companies have been Android Wear smartwatches that mimic the design of luxury timepieces for a few years. More recently we’ve seen models actually produced by luxury watch makers… with luxury prices to match. TAG Heuer recently launched its second Android Wear watch which will sell for $1650. And that almost makes the new Montblanc […]

Vertu’s cheapest smartphone is still a $4,200 status symbol

Luxury phone maker Vertu offers phones that are hand-crafted and made from unusual materials including leather an Italian fabric. But with the possible exception of last year’s Vertu Signature Touch, most Vertu phones feature dated or underpowered hardware… especially when you consider the astronomical prices the company charges for its phones: the Signature Touch sells for $9,000 […]

TAG Heuer’s Android smartwatch to launch this fall for about $1,400

Luxury watch maker TAG Heuer recently announced plans to launch its first smartwatch. Now we have a rough idea of what it will cost and when it will launch. The Swiss watch maker’s CEO Jean-Claude Biver tells Bloomberg the watch will sell for about $1,400 and it should be available in October or November. TAG Heuer […]

Intel’s MICA smart bracelet sells for $495, isn’t actually all that smart

Intel and its partner Opening Ceremony unveiled a a high-end, internet-connected bracelet called the MICA in September. Now that the it’s ready to go on sale in December at Barnes New York and Opening Ceremony for $495, the company’s are starting to show off exactly how this “luxury smart accessory” works. It turns out the smart […]

Vertu Signature Touch: This is what an $11,000 smartphone looks like

Buy an unlocked, top-tier smartphone from Samsung, HTC, Sony or Apple and you’ll probably spend over $600. But that’s chump change compared to the price of a smartphone from premium phone maker Vertu. The British company’s latest phone will £6,750. That’s more than $11,000. If you can afford a Vertu Signature Touch, it should be available this […]