Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has announced the launch of an Android-running smartphone -- the Vertu Ti.
The price of the luxurious device is not listed in the company's website but Android Central reported it to be $10,000. The Vertu Ti runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with custom UI, which seems outdated as the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is already available in the market. It also lacks some features of typical high-end smartphone like 4G/LTE network connection.
"Vertu Ti is our most significant product for a decade. The Android operating system delivers a proven and intuitive environment for users, while the design and craftsmanship of the handset is still uniquely Vertu," said Perry Oosting, president and chief executive of Vertu.
"Vertu has pioneered and led the luxury mobile phone sector since we began in the late 90s and the great depth of our knowledge and experience can be seen in Vertu Ti." 'There is nothing else like it,' he added.
Vertu Ti is powered with a dual-core processor at a clock speed of 1.7 GHz paired with 1GB of RAM and has 64 GB internal storage.
The device sports a 3.7 inch WVGA high contrast display (sapphire crystal screen), 8 megapixel primary camera with autofocus, LED flash and capable of recording 1080p video as well as a 1.3 megapixel camera at the front supporting video calls.
The device is made with Grage 5 titanium and uses 184 individual parts signed by craftsmen in England. The company claims that the new smartphone got a body that is 5 times stronger and a screen that is 4 times harder to scratch than other luxury smartphones.
It comes with a dedicated Vertu button on the left-hand side with in-set ruby to highlight the brand. The dedicated Vertu key provides instant access to service and benefits from the company.
Processor: 1.7 GHz dual-core
Operating System: Android 4.0 ICS
Display: 3.7 inch WVGA display with high contrast sapphire crystal screen
Camera: 8 megapixel camera at the back with autofocus and dual LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
Internal Storage: 64GB
Sensors: Gyro and accelerometer
GPS: A-GPS + Compass
Battery Life: Talktime up to 7.2 hours and 200 hours of stand-by time
Connectivity: 3.5mm audio socket, Bluetooth v4, LE NFC, WiFi.
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