Vertu Launches Constellation Smartphone: QHD AMOLED Display, Snapdragon 820, & Dual-SIM Slot

by Habeeb Onawole 3

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.

Vertu Constellation

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.

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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.