Vertu Ti £7,000 smartphone released

But the specs don't quite match the price
Darren Allan

February 13, 2013

Maybe you thought the iPhone was expensive, particularly in its 64GB flavour at £700, but Vertu has just released a luxury Android smartphone which costs almost ten times that amount.

The Vertu Ti retails for £6,700 – that’s for the “basic” model, mind, the Titanium Black Leather edition – the top of the range Titanium Black PVD Red Gold Mixed Metals is approximately double that price. Which makes the Ti a bargain! Ish.

Anyway, what do you get on board the £6,700 Ti?

A 3.7 inch WVGA high contrast display – which seems a little small, as even Apple has finally conceded that 4 inches is the place to be – although this is a sapphire crystal screen which should look very smart, and is “virtually” scratchproof.

Indeed, the whole phone is handmade and admittedly looks the business in terms of build and aesthetics – though at this money, we should hope so.

The handset is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, an 8-megapixel camera with auto-focus and a twin LED flash, and a 1.3 megapixel front-facer. 64GB of memory is on board, and 1GB of RAM – you’d have expected 2GB really – and the specs don’t exactly scream “I cost seven grand!”

Indeed, the version of Android which comes on board the phone is Ice Cream Sandwich – despite that being out of date now. Surely Vertu could have managed to get Jelly Bean on there?

And while there’s NFC on board, there’s no 4G LTE support, just HSPA+. And for a luxury supposedly superphone, that really does seem rather odd. Anyone who can splash the best part of 10 big ones on a phone can surely afford, and will want, EE’s 4G plans.

It makes no sense to us.

The one perk that the Vertu Ti has above other Android handsets, aside from looking flash – and having some apparently nice speakers on board – is the Vertu button.

When pressed, the Vertu button summons a butler who pops out from the nearest doorway with a silk cloth in hand to buff your sapphire crystal screen, while looking suitably snooty. He then offers you a cup of tea, and perhaps an Éclair (as that makes Ice Cream Sandwich look advanced).

Or maybe not. What the Vertu button actually gives you is, we quote: “Instant access to a curated world of benefits and services and a team of people available to the customer, 24/7 wherever they may be.”

Or to put it another way, a snooty butler on the other end of a phone; “You rang, m’lord…”


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