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Money to burn: $10,000+ Vertu Aster actually has decent specs

A new handset from the luxury smartphone brand Vertu has been spotted at the FFC. The Vertu Aster actually has acceptable hardware this time too.
September 25, 2014
Vertu Aster

Vertu prides itself on the luxurious nature of its smartphones, but we’re not so sure that they have always made the best design decisions. In what is almost certainly an attempt to prove us wrong, the company looks set to launch another flashy product soon – the Vertu Aster. The handset has recently passed through the US’s FFC and China’s TENAA certification boards, and has also shown up in a few images.

All of the company’s previous offerings have cost in excess of $10,000 USD, and there’s little reason to believe that the Vertu Aster handset will be any different. However, at least this time around Vertu has decided to attach some high-end specs to the ludicrous price tag.

The new smartphone comes equipped with a 4.7 inch 1080p display, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and 64GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot. You will also find LTE and NFC connectivity thrown in, as well as Android 4.4.2 with a customised user interface.

But that’s not all, the Aster also boasts some premium build materials, including a titanium alloy chassis and a questionable leather covering. The phone is listed with a variety of different colors, including black, blue, red, brown, orange and pink.

Aster UI

But $10,000 doesn’t just buy you a brand logo, that would be completely absurd. Customers will also receive 24/7 access to Vertu’s exclusive concierge service, membership to the private club, and a passport to exclusive cultural events. It’s not just a phone, it’s a lifestyle.

At the moment there’s no information on when the Vertu Aster will go on sale or its exact price tag, as it hasn’t yet been listed on the company’s official website. Regardless, it’s bound to be rather pricy. Tempted?