Vertu is known for crafting smartphones that cost thousands upon thousands (upon thousands) of dollars, and its latest Signature Touch is no different.
The new Signature Touch is Vertu’s newest Android phone and is the follow-up to the phone of the same name that was released a little over a year ago. The new Signature Touch offers some solid improvements over its predecessor, including a 5.2-inch 1920x1080 display that’s larger than the 4.7-inch 1920x1080 screen found on last year’s model. Vertu’s new Signature Touch also includes the same scratch-resistant sapphire display found on the 2014 handset.
The new Signature Touch also has an upgraded rear camera of the 21-megapixel variety, and around front it’s got the same 2.1-megapixel shooter as its predecessor. Inside of the new-look Signature Touch is an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a microSD slot that supports cards up to 2TB in size, 4G LTE, NFC, Qi wireless charging, Quick Charge 2.0, and a 3160mAh battery.
Of course, what’s on the outside of this phone is just as important as what’s inside. As with other Vertu phones, the new Signature Touch is available in several different versions, including many leather-clad options. There’s Jet Calf (at the top of this post), Garnet Calf, Grape Lizard, Pure Jet Lizard, Jet Alligator, Pure Navy Alligator (above), Clous De Paris Alligator, and Pure Jet Red Gold.
Finally, the software that’s powering the new Signature Touch is Android 5.1 with several special Vertu services. Dedicated Concierge will get you a personal assistant for 18 months that can get you reservations, tickets, and entry into exclusive events whenever you’d like. Vertu Life will allow you to access invite-only events and clubs, and Vertu Certainty is a suite of security features like encrypted communications and a lost phone service.
So how much will Vertu’s latest luxury phone cost? Pricing starts at £6,500 ($9,925 USD) and goes up to £13,700 ($20,900 USD). That’s definitely not cheap, but because this is a Vertu device, you kind of expect them to be expensive. The good news is that for folks that do buy Vertu phones as a sort of luxury status symbol, the new Signature Touch actually has a solid set of specs, something that not all past phones could boast.