Ridiculously overpriced Vertu Ti smartphone keeps haunting us, launches in Singapore

by: AdrianMarch 5, 2013

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here… said absolutely nobody upon hearing the Vertu Ti will hit the ground running in Singapore this week. Remember the monstrosity? We’re trying hard to forget about it, but it still haunts us sometimes in our worst nightmares.

It’s not that the phone is ugly, has yesterday’s software and last year’s specs. But it’s all that and terribly expensive. And we don’t mean that in a Galaxy S4 $800 unlocked kind of way. Instead, the atrocity is going to run you a cool 10,000 bucks at the absolute cheapest.

That’s in the US, with Singapore pricing kicking off at S$13,000 for the “Titanium Black Leather” model. The “Titanium Pure Black” is going to be S$15,000, the “Titanium Black Alligator” S$2,000 extra and the top of the line “Black PVD Titanium Red Gold Mixed Metals” a total of S$27,000. Translated into US dollars, that ranges from $10,500 to $21,700. Ridiculous!

Vertu Ti

Hong Kong is due to get the Vertu Ti soon after Singapore, with the rest of the world left out from this first wave of releases. Bummer (not!).

If you happened to miss Ti’s unveiling and haven’t had a good laugh in a while, here’s a rundown of the fellow’s specs – 3.7-inch 800 x 480 pix res display, dual-core 1.7 GHz CPU, Android 4.0 ICS, 8 MP rear-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, microSD support and Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers. We kid you not.

But you know what the sad thing is? Some people are actually going to buy this. Maybe only 100 or so around the world, but still. Which is not sad, it’s downright preposterous. You know how many Xperia Zs you could get for the price of one Ti piece of junk? Enough to keep one for yourself and give one to each Android Authority team member. There, isn’t that a better idea?

  • MasterMuffin

    Dat last line :D Seriously tough, why don’t these rich people’s phones have better specs? I haven’t seen even one good phone with over 5000$ price tag. If it costs much, WHY CAN’T IT BE GOOD

    • Adrian Diaconescu

      Simple, because they don’t care about specs. They care about the exclusivity, the “handmade”, the leather, the diamonds. And if potential customers don’t care about that, why spend an extra hundred of bucks as an OEM to bump up the hardware or make the screen better?

      • MasterMuffin

        They could say that it’s the best of them all and add 5000$

    • If I am gonna lay down that much money for a phone it better be reliable, have it compatible with all major cell networks and be unlocked. It also needs a huge battery and top of the line processor and it better be innovative. I would also would want every spec maxed out, and keeping the screen in the 4.7 to 5 inch range.

  • Rob Triggs

    They probably could have shipped it with Froyo and some muppet would still buy one, just to brag that their phone costs more than the average car.

    Still this gave me a good laugh, but it’s truly sad to think that some mug will actually buy this.

  • 10 grand plus for what looks like a Vivaz baked into a peat briquette…

  • Timmy

    If they really want it to sell, they should put an Apple logo on it. “Nothing will ever feel the same…because you won’t have any more cash in your wallet.”

  • tkoix

    doesnt the phone come with some sort of 1 year “Vertu life” or what its called… with special “privileges” and invitations..

    Still a ridiculous phone, but im guessing there are some rich fools out there who would spend the money just for that.

  • enrique

    does it give a blow job too?

  • Perry Randle

    Lol I think I’ll just keep my Nexus4. Although it’s made with glass, in a case, I still feel like it’s more valuable than that peice of crap. Is the phone indestructible? Even still I will never pay to go down on features , internal specs, or operating system. I still remember the nightmares and frustration with my unreliable Huwaei ascend & my “couldn’t keep a charge ” droidx2. Now that Ive experienced the joy of snapdragon s4 and jellybean… Why would I pay more- for something that compromises my android experience? Plus it sounds like that thing weighs 10 pounds

  • to be fair people just want a quality looking handmade phone ? sure its just a phone , a rolex is just a watch yet a £3 casio does the same job ,tells the time ,its up to them if they wanna pay for a handmade product over machined