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This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

This is why Vertu died: smartphones can’t be luxury items

When parents say that having a smartphone is a luxury, they probably don’t mean it the way Vertu does. While definitely not as big as Samsung or Apple, Vertu is famous, or infamous, for its ridiculously expensive, crystal-studded rendition of what has become an everyday tool. That, however, will now become history as Vertu itself becomes history, with the company being liquidated and employees laid off, to partly pay for its ridiculously high accounting deficit.

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Vertu presents its latest in absurdly expensive phones

Vertu presents its latest in absurdly expensive phones

If you're the type of person who likes a phone that makes a statement, you can't really go wrong with the new Vertu Constellation. The Constellation is the latest in the line of ultra-expensive smartphones from British manufacturer Vertu, and luxury is definitely the name of the game. With anodized aluminum, a soft leather back, and even inset rubies, you'd be hard pressed to find a phone more expensive than this.

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Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

Luxury smartphone maker Vertu debuts three models starting at $4,200

If you've never heard of Vertu, it's a luxury smartphone maker that puts extra focus on the use of premium and expensive materials. For example, some of their previous devices include phones wrapped in handcrafted leather or woodcraft, and not one but two phones designed in partnership with Bentley. Even if you have heard of the company, it's unlikely you could afford any of their products.

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Vertu Aster Yosegi smartphone has a wood embellished chassis

Vertu Aster Yosegi smartphone has a wood embellished chassis

When it comes to smartphones that are often limited on functionality, but big on opulence and looks Vertu is one of the brands that jumps to mind. Vertu has unveiled it latest smartphone and it is called the Aster Yosegi. The big design feature of this smartphone isn't precious metals and gems, it's wood.

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New Vertu Signature Touch puts specs on par with luxury

New Vertu Signature Touch puts specs on par with luxury

Gone are the days when "luxury smartphones" meant paying both arms and both legs but getting last year's specs inside. It seems that this niche market has caught up with the trend at long last. Vertu has announced a revamp of last year's Signature Touch model and this time it might well be worth the price, both in terms of design and performance. Touting 2015 flagship specs wrapped inside premium materials, the New Signature Touch is something that could make affluent geeks swoon with pleasure.

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Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu outs Signature for Bentley feature phone

Vertu is at it again, producing a mobile device for the elite few that can afford it. This time, however, it is doing things a bit differently. For one, it has again partnered with Bentley to design a phone that matches one of the latter's automobile lines. Second, unlike most of its phones, this isn't so smart. The Signature for Bentley, though classy and luxurious in its design and materials, is pretty much a basic mobile phone, with a focus on voice calls and audio in terms of functionality.

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Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Vertu for Bentley: a luxury phone that feels like a luxury car

Barely two weeks after outing the Aster, Vertu is here again with another luxury smartphone for the affluent.. This time, however, it isn't doing it alone. Partnering with fellow British company Bentley, the Vertu for Bentley gives luxury car lovers a fitting mobile device to go with their Bentley car, which they presumably have. But aside from sporting trademark Bentley designs in addition to Vertu's own signature, the smartphone at least does have decent hardware that won't leave owners shortchanged for the price.

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Vertu Aster gives the UK yet another luxurious option

Vertu Aster gives the UK yet another luxurious option

Calling it the quintessentially English smartphone, Vertu has launched the Aster, boasting of the meticulous care of a single craftsman, the finest materials, and an appropriately extravagant price tag. But unlike many luxury smartphones of days past, the Vertu Aster's beauty surprisingly isn't just skin deep.

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Vertu Signature Touch packs solid specs and sky-high price

Vertu Signature Touch packs solid specs and sky-high price

When it comes to Vertu, we've aways been more critical of the average specifications than of the sky-high prices, and the new handmade Signature Touch Android smartphone seems to finally address that. Pairing the company's over-engineered titanium and leather construction with a 4.7-inch 1080p display, Android 4.4 KitKat on a Snapdragon 2.3GHz quadcore, and a 13-megapixel camera, the Signature Touch is for once a Vertu that can compete on hardware, too.

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Vertu SP-1V Bluetooth speaker clears the FCC

Vertu SP-1V Bluetooth speaker clears the FCC

Vertu, maker of all manner of high-end mobile devices, have just had their Bluetooth speaker pass the FCC. The SP-1V, as it’s currently known, is a sharply designed Bluetooth aptX capable travel speaker. While we’re not familiar with pricing yet, getting the FCC’s blessing is likely the final stage before production can begin.

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Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

Metawatch smartwatches aim for luxury with Vertu designer

The group known as Metawatch is now working with a man who formerly created designs for formerly Nokia-owned Vertu brand. This brand was notorious for creating massively-expensive devices made for those wishing to be extremely unique in their styling. Now the designer, Frank Nuovo, is bringing his same high-end tendencies to the little-known watch brand.

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Vertu Constellation smartphone uses sapphire crystal front and Android 4.2

Vertu Constellation smartphone uses sapphire crystal front and Android 4.2

Vertu is a luxury smartphone maker that has been around for a while. Some of the company's devices in the past have been more focused on premium materials and luxury than features when it came to the smartphone itself. Vertu has announced a new Constellation smartphone that offers plenty of luxury and still has modern smartphone functionality, even if the hardware isn't exactly top-of-the-line.

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