British Phone-maker Vertu Shows Off £4000 Phone

Upgrading your smartphone is a big decision, mainly because of the cost. At anywhere from £350 to £700, these devices do not come cheap. Still, having the latest and greatest tech is enough of a reason for a lot of people. So what about a phone that doesn't have the highest specs but still costs a boatload? Who buys those? The filthy rich, that's who.

UK luxury phone-maker Vertu's latest smartphone is called the Constellation, and it comes with a £4090 price tag. The Constellation packs a 4.3-inch 720p display, and the front of the device is covered with a layer of sapphire crystal to protect against scratches. The case is polished titanium with a genuine calf leather on top. Under the hood you're looking at a 13-megapixel camera, a dual-core CPU clocked to 1.7 GHz, 32 GB of storage and a 1,800 mAh battery. What it doesn't have is a Full HD display, an option for expanding the storage, or support for 4G LTE (seriously!).

Still, Vertu, which used to belong to Nokia, claims the phone (which is handmade in the UK) has tested well in focus groups in China and Russia. And really, not being crazy rich ourselves, who are we to say who this phone will appeal to?

Follow Jane McEntegart @JaneMcEntegart. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
12 comments
    Your comment
  • Anonymous
    For those "just because I can" folks.
    3
  • acadia11
    You are an idiot to buy this phone? Seriously no LTE? Come on
    -1
  • JimmiG
    With those specs, you'd have to be stupid in addition to filthy rich to even consider this phone.
    0