Vertu's new Aster phones swap leather for Italian fabric

Prices start from a cool US$4200

It's amazing how Vertu has lasted this long making under-specced phones for ridiculous prices. Its latest trio of devices, the Aster collection, are decorated in chevron-patterned Italian fabric but with specs you would have found in the Samsung Galaxy S5.

What can you expect this time around? A Snapdragon 801 processor, Android 5.1 Lollipop and three choices of colours: blue, black and pink. The reason behind the choice of fabric instead of the standard fine leather is due to requests, presumably from the set who don't like using leather.

Besides being vegan-friendly, the sides of the Aster Vertu range are made of titanium with a satin finish, the screens are made of sapphire crystal, with a 13MP Hasselblad camera and custom ringtones composed (and performed) by the London Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately the front camera is only 2.1MP so we're wondering if the rich people who we presume buy Vertu phones don't like selfies.

Also expect Qi wireless charging, 64GB of storage, NFC support, a gyroscope and accelerometer and the standard concierge service that comes with owning a ridiculously expensive phone, which includes 24-hr phone support, access to private clubs and subscriptions to Kaspersky antivirus and Silent Circle encryption services.

Prices start from US$4200 (S$5660), which for a Vertu is considered on the cheaper side.

[Source: The Verge]