Vertu Ti officially announced with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, $9,600 price tagAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Good news this morning for anyone with an extra $10,000 to spend on a new smartphone, as luxury phone brand Vertu has officially introduced its new Android-powered handset. Dubbed the Vertu Ti, this Android 4.0 device is launching this month with a price tag that starts out at $9,600 for the Titanium Black Leather model. Anyone that feels a bit more spendy can step up to a Titanium Pure Black model for $11,500, a Titanium Black Alligator unit for $12,800 or a Titanium Black PVD Red Gold Mixed Metals variant that carries a price tag of $19,900.
So what will all that hard-earned cash get you? Well, Vertu says that each Ti is handmade in England and that the device is made of grade 5 titanium materials for a strong, low weight body. The Ti also comes with services like Vertu Life for personalized information and benefits, Vertu Concierge for assistance with things like obtaining gifts and access to events and Vertu Certainty for data protection and customer service, all of which can be accessed using the Ti's dedicated Vertu button. The raw specs found on the Vertu Ti are as follows:
- 3.7-inch 800x480 sapphire crystal display
- 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- 8-megapixel rear, 1.3-megapixel front cameras
- 64GB storage, microSD slot
- GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA bands I, II, IV, V, VIII DC-HSPA+ support
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
While those specs may not blow your hair back with power, that's not really what Vertu is going for with the Ti, with Vertu design head Hutch Hutchinson telling the BBC that the device is "about relevant technology and craftsmanship" because "it's not a disposable product." Many folks that buy Vertu devices are likely lured in by the feeling of exclusivity, as well. My only question: Will a buyer's $9,600 (or more) also earn them an update to Jelly Bean? Guess we'll just have to wait and see. A promo video for the Vertu Ti can be found below.