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 month.

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So what exactly do you get for that kind of money? The Vertu Signature Touch has the specs of a decent Android phone, but what you’re really paying for are exclusive design and other perks.

The company’s phones are hand-crafted in England and feature leather and titanium casing and sapphire crystal displays. Customers also get access to a concierge service: imagine if instead of asking Google or Siri a question you could talk to a real person at any time. Owners also get access to invitation-only events.

As for the phone itself, it features Bang & Olufsen speakers, a Hasselblad-certified camera, and support for an assortment of cases including folding and flip cases.

As for the spec sheet, the phone has a 4.7 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display with 473 pixels per inch, a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear camera and 2.1MP front-facing camer, a 2275mAh battery for up to 15.5 hours of talk time, stereo speakers, NFC, Qi wireless charging, and support for LTE and HSPA+ networks.

It features 802.11ac WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Android 4.4 KitKat with some special Vertu applications that are only available to people willing do spend thousands of dollars on a phone.

The phone measures 5.7″ x 2.7″ 0.39″ and weighs 6.8 ounces.

I can’t imagine Vertu sells a lot of phones in this price range… but I also suspect the markup is high enough that the company doesn’t need to sell many devices to make a profit.

via Wired UK

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4 replies on “Vertu Signature Touch: This is what an $11,000 smartphone looks like”

  1. I agree with Cassie. Not the best looking phone, especially for the price. I don’t understand rich people’s aesthetic though. I always thought Rolls-Royces were ugly.

  2. Whatever the market will bear I suppose.
    It must be nice to operate where the air is so rare.

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