Vertu http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/features en-GB Vertu Constellation: how to build a £4200 smartphone http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A £4200 smartphone with mid-level specs, to be exact. But build quality&#039;s the important thing for the ultra-rich, says Vertu&#039;s head of design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="2543" height="1907" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation-01.jpg?1380917932" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Vertu Constellation costs £4200. For a smartphone.</p> <p>And all that money gets you… a mid-level Android blower. A 4.3in 720p screen, a 1.7GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 13MP camera. You don't even get LTE connectivity.</p> <p>You may well scoff. We did. But then, Stuff readers and penurious journalists aren't really the target market for the Constellation – we don't own an oilfield, for starters.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Money can&#039;t buy (specs) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to Vertu head of design Hutch Hutchinson, the Constellation's spec sheet is a deliberate choice on the luxury phone brand's part. "The 720p screen at 4.3in takes us to 400-odd ppi, which is more than an iPhone and more than the human eye's possible resolution," he notes. "The unfortunate truth is the bigger screen content you run, the more power you consume.</p> <p>"It's a little like the arms race around processors and cores. We've upped the GPU in this processor over the previous one, because we've got a higher screen resolution – but most of the time we throttle it back down. There's absolutely no user case other than scrubbing through video that needs that speed of processing on this phone."</p> <p>And the lack of 4G? "It's not there yet from an operator perspective," he says. Vertu's aimed at the globetrotting ultra-rich, so they're looking for consistency across different territories. "We spend a lot of time on antenna development," says Hutchinson. "Four bands 2G, five bands 3G, and all the antennas tuned on a global basis rather than being honed for each person's spectrum. Because one thing we do know about our customers is that they travel. A lot."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-01.jpg?1380917932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Crystal clear </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>What Vertu's customers are paying for is premium materials, rather than internals. Round the front the Constellation sports a sapphire crystal screen, wrapped up in titanium and leather. "The amount of time and trouble it takes to create that is disproportionate," says Hutchinson. "It's an immense amount of time and trouble compared to working with a bit of aluminium and plastic and glass."</p> <p>That screen, for example, is technically monocrystalline aluminium oxide – it takes two weeks to grow a piece about 40cm long, which is then ground down using diamond saws and polishing tools. Why diamond? Because that's the only thing that'll scratch it.</p> <p>The frame's made of grade 5 titanium, treated using a nitriding process to be three times as hard as the regular stuff. Vertu's developed a special process for welding the parts together in an inert atmosphere (liquid titanium would explode in an oxygen-rich environment) – to ensure that the bond's as strong as solid titanium.</p> <p>Finally, the back of the phone's wrapped in leather from a 150-year-old German tannery. "This is the thickest leather we've ever done," Hutchinson says. "We then spent a long time developing their leathers to be as strong as automotive-grade leathers while not losing that tactile feel. There's a suite of about 20 different leather tests that go on before we put it on our handset." Including motor oil, solvents and ketchup, fact fans.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/hg-lfTQEd8s" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-04.jpg?1380917932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Living in a material world </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>By focusing on the materials, Vertu reckons it's producing a luxury item that's closer to a watch or a car than a phone – and that the 1 per cent of the 1 per cent are prepared to pay a premium for its kit.</p> <p>"As a designer, there's two categories of objects in your life," says Hutchinson. "There are things which I refer to as "darlings" – and for those you will pay the earth, because you love them – and then there's "friends" – they're things you like, you'll buy a slightly nicer one, but when it comes to, say, the kitchen table, I'm never going to pay ten times as much for that."</p> <p>Phones, he reckons, are "darlings." "A phone is the closest thing to you in your life, probably – it contains just about every aspect of your personality from your secret e-mails to your pictures to your music collection. Everything's in there, and yet there's this tendency for it to become a very anonymous object. Whereas everything else that's treasured in our lives – our clothes, our shoes, our cars, we spend a lot of attention saying, 'This says something about me.'"</p> <p>Of course, that four grand isn't just going on the phone itself – you also get access to Vertu's services, which range from access to members' clubs to VIP boxes at events to a security service that'll track you and send in the troops if you deviate from your scheduled route. Everything the well-prepared oligarch needs, then.</p> <p>In the hand, the Constellation's certainly pleasant to hold, with that leather-wrapped minimalist design looking substantially less gaudy than previous blinged-up Vertu models. Though, despite the financial meltdown encouraging more discreet displays of wealth, it still has a ruby for the Vertu Services button.</p> <p>While we can't say we'd drop £4200 on a phone – especially one with a dual-core processor – it's clear that it's not really aimed at us bleeding-edge tech fans. That sapphire crystal screen is a window onto a world of super-wealth that we'll never get to scratch our way through – unless we can get our hands on some diamonds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-03.jpg?1380917932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Vertu Constellation" alt="Vertu Constellation" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/vertu-constellation-raspberry.jpg?1380917932" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/constellation/vertu-constellation-how-build-4200-smartphone/feature#comments Constellation Smartphones Vertu Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:36 +0000 Stephen Graves 1427461 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Ti sports Android and £7,000 price tag http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> No longer owned by Nokia, the luxury phone brand outs its latest insanely expensive handset </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-ti_3.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-ti_0_2.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5702.jpg?1364407216" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vertu, the luxury mobile phone brand <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/news/phone/news-nugget/nokia-could-sell-off-luxury-vertu-brand-for-%E2%82%AC200-million">once owned by Nokia</a>, has announced its first Android smartphone. Called simply the Vertu Ti, it costs US$10,000 (about £7,000) – and yet for all that dosh you only get Android 4.0, which is now well over a year old.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/news-nugget/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-ti-sports-android-and-%C2%A37000-price-tag/news#comments Ti Vertu Tue, 12 Feb 2013 12:18:35 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 424191 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Constellation Ti ditches Symbian for Android http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Luxury smartphone maker finally offers an up-to-date OS to oligarchs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation-ti.jpg?1364407231" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_5742.jpg?1364407231" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ultra-luxury phone maker Vertu is only going to release a phone with a reasonably up-to-date version of Android on it. Sadly, it still costs more than your average second hand car.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/stuff/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-for-android </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/ti/vertu-constellation-ti-ditches-symbian-android/news#comments Ti Vertu Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:25:15 +0000 Ben Griffin 424125 at http://www.stuff.tv 5 of the best bling smartphones http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re an oligarch or a dictator, these &quot;luxury&quot; handsets are the perfect bits of tasteless tech for you – they&#039;ll go nicely with that golden pistol </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation_1_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertu-constellation_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/billionaire-toys-iphone-4S_0_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/tag-heuer-link-smartphone_0_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mobiado-grand-aston-martin_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/yves-behar-smartphone_0.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_2252.jpg?1370437916" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Vertu Constellation </strong>£3800</p> <p>Vertu's latest handset will please the fashion brigade with its alligator-skin back and 3.5in AMOLED screen protected by Sapphire Crystal. It also comes with a highly customised Symbian OS and 8MP camera. And the extras are insane – access to member's clubs, a sommelier on hand for wine emergencies and personal concierge service. Suddently Siri looks a bit shabby.</p> <p><strong>Billionaire Toys iPhone 4S </strong>£3800</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/phone/5-of-the-best/5-of-the-best-bling-smartphones </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu/5-best-bling-smartphones/news#comments Lists Vertu Sun, 23 Oct 2011 10:24:48 +0000 Sophie Charara 418350 at http://www.stuff.tv Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE http://www.stuff.tv/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE might look like a phone, but it prefers to be called a personal communication instrument </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="141" height="303" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/vertuascent_small_0.jpg?1364300873" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Vertu Ascent Motorsport LE is the most painstakingly developed and indulgently specified mobile on the market. Oh, and it’s not a telephone – it’s a personal communication instrument, no less.</p> <p>It costs a vast chunk of cash but holding the weighty handset feels reassuringly luxurious. As a phone, it functions competently enough but really it’s all about the carbon fibre, aeronautic engineering and, if we’re honest, the bling. </p> <p>Not to mention the 24-hour concierge service – need a cab in downtown Tehran? Just press a button and let your lackey do the rest.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,250.00 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The height of profligacy yet strangely alluring – you can be certain you’re way too rich </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/vertu-ascent-motorsport-le/review#comments Ascent Motorsport LE Smartphones Vertu Tue, 19 Sep 2006 05:00:00 +0000 Simon Osborne-Walker 1947 at http://www.stuff.tv