Vertu's Genius New Smartphone

October 23, 2013 | by Simona Rabinovitch | Pursuits

Vertu's Constellation smartphone
Priced at $5,950, Vertu's Constellation may be the world's fanciest smartphone. 

From a 5.1-inch piece of sapphire crystal covering its screen to specially-composed ringtones performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Vertu's new Constellation ($5,950) is the ultimate in smartphone luxury.

Launching this month, the modern smartphone combines the highest possible quality levels of engineering, craftsmanship, technology, and design. Weighing in at more than 100 carats, its sapphire crystal face is resistant to scratching (from anything other than diamond) and protects the screen throughout the life of the phone.

The casing, meanwhile, is handmade in England from engineered, "grade 5" titanium. Although this material is two and a half times stronger than stainless steel, it's half the weight, so the phone is surprisingly light. Of course, the Constellation is swathed in a single piece of Alpine calf leather, available in your choice of five colors: cappuccino, black, orange, mocha, or raspberry.

Technically, Vertu Constellation is both cutting-edge and user-friendly, with a 13MP rear-facing camera with full HD video, a front-facing Skype compliant 1.3MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 32GB of internal memory. As the world’s foremost luxury mobile phone manufacturer, Vertu smartphones also come with a personalized selection of privileges, including access to members' clubs, shopping experiences, and invitation-only events.  

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