There was a point in history when smaartphones and even regular cellphones were as much utility devices as they were status symbols. Vertu might be trying to bring back that age with its new Constellation smartphone that defines what luxurious really means.
From a hardware vantage, the Vertu Constellation is hardly anything to brag about. After all, in an age of quad-core processors, it only runs on a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. It does have a 13 megapixel rear camera that is capable of shooting 1080p videos, 32 GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity options. And it's 4.3-inch display only has support for a 720p resolution. It does run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean so it is, at least, somewhat up-to-date.
The rest of the Constellation's selling points will leave no doubt as to its elite status. It's front is protected by a 5.1-inch sheet of sapphire crystal, bestowing upon it a durability that can only be compromised by a diamond. The case is also made of grade 5 titanium, making it twice as strong as stainless steel. And unlike Samsung, Vertu will not settle for a faux leather cover. Instead, the smarhphone is wrapped in real calf leather, made available in five flavorful colors of Black, Cappuccino, Orange, Mocha, and Raspberry.
The Constellation will come with Vertu's elite services such as Life, which offers access to private clubs and invite-only events, and Certainty, which offers several encryption and security features. And with a price tag of 4,900 euros, roughly $6,630, you'd no doubt want to protect the Vertu Constellation from rough handling, prying eyes, and unauthorized hands.