For those of you with a bit of cash to burn ( well, obviously since it’s a Vertu phone, I’m talking about A LOT of cash to burn ), Vertu has some good news: they’ve taken to yet another Android device. It would seem that Vertu has indeed turned to Android considering that its former parent-company, Nokia, has gone Windows Phone exclusive ( which was to be expected, it’s certainly better than their old Symbian OS ). The Vertu Constellation is the second Android powered device that they’ve decided to create.
Allegedly, and this would explain a bit about why they cost an arm and a leg, each Vertu Constellation is handmade by a sinle craftsman in England. The phone is said to be constructed out f grade 5 titanium and draped upholstered in fine calf leather from “one of Europe’s oldest tanneries”. The leather comes in 5 different colors.
As far as the tech is concerned, I’d dare say that this is by far the strongest Vertu phone they’ve created. The device has a fine 4.3 inch display with 720p resolution and a pixel density of 342 pixels per inch. However, it doesn’t even bother with the scratch-resistant glass that the “poor phones” use, instead opting for sapphire. The hardware is reasonable: a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260 S4 Pro with Dual-Core Krait CPU of 1.7 GHz and an Adreno 320 graphics card ( the chipset is similar to the Moto X ). It also runs Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean, which is by far more than I would have expected for a Vertu.
The device has a 13 MP camera on the back and a 1.3 MP camera on the front. It is available with either 32 or 64 GB of storage space. While it lacks LTE support, you do get unlimited Wi-Fi worldwide with this phone from iPass. The battery, however, will kill the phone faster than you’d like, having a mere 1800 mAh capacity.
Select Vertu stores will carry the Constellation starting this month. What actually startled us is the fact that THIS Vertu is cheaper than the previous model ( the previous model having lower specs than this one ). Even so, it will still set you back a lofty 6500+ dollars ( guessing that’s what they’re asking for the 32 GB one ).