Luxury phone maker Vertu released a new phone yesterday. The new device called Constellation (not to be mistaken for the 2011 model) actually sports high-end specs which we believe might be a way to justify whatever price tag the company decides to slam on it.
The Vertu Constellation is a 5.5-inch phone with a QHD AMOLED display which Vertu says is protected by a 140 carat sixth-generation sapphire crystal. There is 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and the option to further expand it via SD card.
The rear camera is a 12MP sensor with 1.55um pixel size that can record in 4K. However, there is no information on the front camera. The Vertu Constellation has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and also sports dual SIM slots which is a first for a Vertu phone
The device however disappoints in its choice of OS and processor. The Constellation ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a Snapdragon 820 processor. There is no mention of a Nougat update and we would have liked the device a bit more if it came with a Snapdragon 821 processor instead.
Vertu however makes up for the shortcomings by throwing in a NFC chip and dual-front facing speakers with “exceptional acoustic performance achieved with Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound processing”. You also get a 3220mAh battery with support for wireless charging.
The Vertu Constellation is hand-crafted in England. It features a combination of anodized aluminium and leather “sourced from a specialist family-run tannery in Italy”. The signature 24-hour concierge service is available on the Constellation and can be accessed via the inset ruby button positioned above the SIM tray.
Vertu says the Constellation will be available in boutiques by mid-February but has failed to announce a price. Though we know it will cost a lot more than the Huawei Mate 9 Porsche Design and the Gionee M2017. One of the perks of buying the Vertu Constellation is that you get access to iPass which is the world’s largest WiFi network.