It’s official: Vertu’s first Android phone has horrible specs, costs over $10,000

by: ŠtefanFebruary 12, 2013

Nokia used to make crazy expensive phones under the Vertu brand, but last year they decided to sell that small part of the company to some hedge fund manager with more money than common sense. Vertu phones, in case you don’t know that much about them, were never really high end. In fact, most of them were feature phones.

Why did they cost so much? Because they were made out of gold, had diamonds all over them, and other expensive precious gems and metals.

We’ve known for a while now that Vertu was going to make an Android phone, and today, thanks to the BBC, we now know more about the device. Let’s start with the most important part, the price. It’s going to run you 7,900 Euros, which translates to $10,576.52. What do you get for the equivalent of a down payment on a house? An 800 x 480 pixel resolution screen, 1.5 GHz processor (single/dual core?), and … wait a minute, you’re still reading this?

You can afford a $10,500 phone?

People want to feel exclusive, like they belong to some sort of club that no one else can be a member of. It’s kind of hard to do that in today’s world of mass produced consumer goods. The truly niche things, hand made luggage, hand made cars, and in this case, hand made phones, are for the type of people who want to project an image of financial success so we, the regular people, know our place in society.

This bag is for people like me, not for people like you. This car is for people like me, not for people like you. This Samsung Galaxy S4, shit, it’s just $199 with a two year contract.

Guess it’s not special.

Update: Here’s the phone’s official website. It’s called the Vertu Ti, it has a dual core 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera, speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen, and it runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

  • Justin Winker

    No. Just, no.

  • If I had that kind of money for buying a phone, I’d buy each one of my friends and family a Nexus 4 or a Xperia ZL. This, well, never!

  • Zeals

    I would rather buy all my close family and friends a HTC Butterfly or Xperia Z.

  • Wow just 7900€? That’s a steal! With that low price point I’ll definitely buy more than one. s/

    • Filip Justin

      Me too, I’d normally put 200.000 Euros more and buy an Aston Martin, but this does it for me..

  • GeekJava

    but will it blend??

    • Filip Justin

      True, true, was gonna say that! =))

    • gogO

      i’d love to see that :))

  • Filip Justin

    I’d buy all my family an S3/S4/Note2..

    • Kamal

      And a house

  • V.Sathishkumar

    My goodness. It costs too much………..

  • john

    Give me a phone with….

    Small nuclear reactor instead of battery…oh wait that’s going to be problematic on airplanes, let’s just go for small 50 watt SOFC fuel cell that can run on any fuel-including vodka on emergency situations

    It has powerful quad core A15 with GPU and an FPGA based accelerator-the new 3D PLD by Tabula sounds wonderful…wait add two of them, FPGA doesn’t suck all that much power anyway. Add 1tb flash based memory with 4gb of Flash based RAM. I want super duper 4K AMOLED, it also has a wacom intuous grade digitizer and secondary reflective LCD panel so that it has great visibility out doors and great battery life-although it is packing a fuel cell.

    Wait, I’m not done yet
    Needs to have USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Coaxial,infiniband, optical out, and FPGA programmable modem with super band antenna that can also be programmed to just about anything.
    50megapixel femto camera that can mount micro 4/3 lenses. Quad LED flash, Bluetooth, 4 SD card slots full sized. Altec Lensing speaker, and can support Unique Melody PP6 tri-amp + DAC. It needs to be crafted out of kevlar, titanium, and graphene.

    Actually, a switch blade, 45mm hand cannon, tranquilizer, chain saw-essential damn those zombies- and Chuck Norris Approved certificate. Oh, and a cloud service with one of Google’s kilo-watt server farm dedicated to this device. Nuclear missile launch code on the speed dial.

    The last option is well…optional, but I don’t think the rest shouldn’t be all that hard to accomplish. For 10,500$

    Hint: This would be a bargain, because the fuel cell alone is 5900$

  • Guy De Vos

    These guys should make Apple phones:-)

  • Ahmed Ahmed

    Still better than an iPhone.