Launch of new Vertu Ti Android smartphone

Daily Echo: Hampshire-made £14,000 mobile phone launched Hampshire-made £14,000 mobile phone launched

A luxury, hand-made mobile phone designed in Hampshire will be launched today with an eye-watering five-figure price tag.

Vertu's Ti is a titanium-cased, sapphire crystal-screened Android smartphone that will set back the discerning punter up to £14,200.

It is the latest high-end phone by the British company, formerly part of Nokia until it was sold to private equity outfit EQT last year.

It hit the headlines in 2002 offering a £15,000 Nokia phone available in 18-carat gold, white gold and top-of-the-range platinum cases.

Perry Oosting, Vertu's president and chief executive, said: ''Vertu Ti is our most significant product for a decade.

''The Android OS (operating system) delivers a proven and intuitive environment for users while the design and craftsmanship of the handset is still uniquely Vertu.

''Vertu has pioneered and led the luxury mobile phone sector since we began in the late 90s and the great depth of our knowledge and experience can be seen in Vertu Ti.

''There is nothing else like it.''

Prices for the handset start at £6,800, for the Titanium Black Leather model, rising to £14,200 (16,500 euros) for a version in red gold.

Each one is hand-made and signed by a single craftsman at the company's factory in Church Crookham, near Fleet.

Its specifications put it alongside most other smartphones on the market, with an eight megapixel rear camera with flash, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 64MB of internal memory.

The company claims its 3.7in sapphire crystal screen is ''virtually scratch proof'' and tested to be four times stronger than other smartphones against impacts.

The company also claims its titanium case is around five times stronger than other smartphones.

Vertu has expanded on its concierge service that was available on previous handsets through a special button.

It would allow wealthy users to call their own personal operator and ask for anything from local information to a table at the most exclusive restaurant in town.

The ''Vertu key'' on the new handset includes this but adds a 24/7 service including Vertu Certainty, which ''helps protect the device, its data and, where necessary, the customer''.

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8:09am Tue 12 Feb 13

userds5050 says...

Does it work after you accidently drop it down the toilet though?
Does it work after you accidently drop it down the toilet though? userds5050

8:16am Tue 12 Feb 13

lemon cake says...

Wonder how much you will get on Envirofone.com? £17.65 probably
Wonder how much you will get on Envirofone.com? £17.65 probably lemon cake

8:33am Tue 12 Feb 13

Brusher Mills says...

The design looks out of date, mor elike a Nokia 3210. I can see this company heading for admin.
The design looks out of date, mor elike a Nokia 3210. I can see this company heading for admin. Brusher Mills

8:47am Tue 12 Feb 13

Big Mac says...

I had one of those about 6 years ago, lasted about 3 months and couldn't get anyone to insure it.

Ended up giving it to my butler and got an iphone instead.
I had one of those about 6 years ago, lasted about 3 months and couldn't get anyone to insure it. Ended up giving it to my butler and got an iphone instead. Big Mac

11:58am Tue 12 Feb 13

MB1970 says...

Unfortuantly the picture in this article is NOT of the Vertu Ti phone. It is of an old phone launched by Vertu pre 2008! I know as I work there! I suggest that the editor finds a correct press release photo of the New Vertu Ti (there are plenty on the internet now!) and not an old Ascent Ti. So to all you posting on this products design please take a real look at vertu.com.
Unfortuantly the picture in this article is NOT of the Vertu Ti phone. It is of an old phone launched by Vertu pre 2008! I know as I work there! I suggest that the editor finds a correct press release photo of the New Vertu Ti (there are plenty on the internet now!) and not an old Ascent Ti. So to all you posting on this products design please take a real look at vertu.com. MB1970

10:13pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Georgem says...

Brusher Mills wrote:
The design looks out of date, mor elike a Nokia 3210. I can see this company heading for admin.
No doubt this is based on your numerous years experience in high-end phone marketing.
[quote][p][bold]Brusher Mills[/bold] wrote: The design looks out of date, mor elike a Nokia 3210. I can see this company heading for admin.[/p][/quote]No doubt this is based on your numerous years experience in high-end phone marketing. Georgem

11:20pm Tue 12 Feb 13

sabre2th1 says...

lemon cake wrote:
Wonder how much you will get on Envirofone.com? £17.65 probably
I reckon it would still break if you just dropped it by accident.
[quote][p][bold]lemon cake[/bold] wrote: Wonder how much you will get on Envirofone.com? £17.65 probably[/p][/quote]I reckon it would still break if you just dropped it by accident. sabre2th1

11:28pm Tue 12 Feb 13

whydowe says...

what a waste of time, space and news time, actually its not news, its drivel
what a waste of time, space and news time, actually its not news, its drivel whydowe

12:04pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Micle1974 says...

Take a look at the phone they are talking about........... http://www.vertu.com
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That looks better than the nokia in the pic above!
Take a look at the phone they are talking about........... http://www.vertu.com /~/media/Vertu-Com-I mages/Home/slides/Ve rtu-Ti-Home-LeatherH andset.ashx That looks better than the nokia in the pic above! Micle1974

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