Vertu, a luxury smartphone manufacturer previously owned by Nokia, launched an $11,000 USD Android-powered device today, dubbed “Vertu Ti.”
The Vertu Ti boasts a 3.7-inch sapphire crystal screen and runs Android 4.0 paired with a custom Vertu UI. The smartphone also features a grade 5 titanium casing, as well as a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 64 GB internal memory, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and “Bang & Olufsen tuned” sound.
So, just think something like the HTC Incredible from a few years ago. Oh, and along with coming in four different shades of black, the new Vertu line sports the following fancy slogan: “Handmade in England. Powered by Android.” But, it doesn’t come with 4G.
There are only 326,000 Vertu smartphone owners in the world since launching 10 years ago, according to the BBC, and China is supposedly the largest market for such a high-end device. Despite the mediocre numbers, Vertu CEO Perry Oosting said the company went with Android instead of Windows when it left Nokia last October because of global reach.
“I think the Windows phone will have success but it is still a relatively small market share. At the moment it doesn’t have the global reach of Android — which is about 60 per cent of the market,” Oosting told the BBC.
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