Vertu’s Pure Jet Red Gold smartphone dials back the gaudiness

The luxury smartphone maker has expanded its SignatureTouch series with a more understated model

Vertu's smartphones are known for their exquisite, ostentatious finishes. They might not be as OTT as some of the gold-plated or diamond-encrusted mobiles coming out of Russia or the Middle East (or the questionably blinged-up blowers made by London's own Goldgenie), but subtle they are not.

There are signs that might be changing, however: there’s now a smartphone from Vertu that tones down on the gaudiness. Named Pure Jet Red Gold, this new mobile device expands on the Signature Touch series.

However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sit alongside Vertu’s luxurious range – the Pure Jet Red Gold is still aimed at the north end of the market, and combines the latest in technology with exquisite materials and high-end design.

In what Vertu calls a “classier and cleaner style”, this smartphone has been made with only gold highlights – no pebbledashing with precious stones here. No compromises were made on its construction though – it’s mostly made of grade-five titanium, with black PVD-coated titanium for the back.

In the details..

In addition, it’s fitted with what Vertu claims is “fine-mill leather” from the Alpine region (apparently calves are more exclusive up there).

As for its innards, it’s similarly equipped to its other siblings – you’ll find the same 4.7in 1080p display, a Snapdragon 801 chipset with a quad-core Krait 400 CPU, as well as 2GB of RAM. It also boasts a sapphire crystal screen, which should be durable even though it’s expensive.

If you’re after its price, it’ll set you back US$21,900 (around £14,250). Well, opulence never came cheap.

[Source and images: GSM Arena