Isn't Vertu that nutball bunch that tried to sell us overpriced and underspecced phones back in 2005? Wow, you remember! Yes, Vertu has, does and always will go by the logic that ‘if you can spend a large pile of money on a luxury watch, then why not on a mobile phone?’ They also work on the tendency of the ultra-rich to throw cash at brands that they figure will get them more looks at one of their fancy cocktail parties. Thus, Vertu for Bentley.
I’m intrigued. Tell me about it. We’ll tell you, but make sure your inferior little smartphone isn’t listening. The V-for-B is swathed in quilted calf leather, which also happens to be in a shade called New Market Tan that Bentley offers as an interior option on its cars. And because this is meant to go with your Bentley, there’s a winged ‘B’ on the front. Apart from that, you get B&O and Dolby Digital Plus-tuned speakers, a Hasselblad-tuned 13MP camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 4.7in 1080p display covered in sapphire crystal, 64GB of internal storage and Android 4.4 running the show. We see you rich folk sighing in relief at not having to cart around two phones.
Alright, I’ll just give my HTC One M8 to my butler then. You might want to give it to him as a gratuity present, because Vertu wants to be your new butler! Just like the Signature Touch and Aster, Vertu continues to offer full access to its add-on services. Vertu Concierge can arrange pretty much anything for you, all you have to do is call and tell the operator what you want. Vertu Life gives you access to curated events and experiences. Vertu Certainty is a full suite of security services which we assume people with Vertus probably really need. There’s also a Vertu for Bentley app which delivers exclusive Bentley content directly to your phone, thus essentially making it a sneaky attempt to sell you a very expensive car.
Alright, I’m ready. You can tell me how much it costs now. Fine, you asked for it. The Vertu for Bentley rings in at the princely sum of ₹12,50,000, also known as ‘the combined mobile phone budget of the entire Stuff team for ten years’. But if you’re the kind that only dresses in tailored suits and drives around in a car that costs more than most people’s homes, that’s pocket change for you. Go on, you know you want one.