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Is Sirin Labs the Future of Luxury Mobile Phones?

High luxury phones have got to be a tough sell. While you can gaze in awe at an over-the-top Vertu phone, such the $310,000 Signature Cobra made back in 2006, and perhaps appreciate it as an art object, technology moves so fast that its analog dial-pad has already become hopelessly outdated. The Israeli startup Sirin Labs aims to bring something different to the table. With $72 million in funding backing it up, they aim to go in the direction of providing the most cutting edge ‘tomorrow’s technology’, right here, right now. This $15,000 mystery phone, dubbed ‘Solarin’, plans to launch in May so we’re getting anxious over here (Ed’s note – We wrote in to Sirin Labs for an update but the company has yet to respond, with either comments or any pictures).

So the obvious question is – what exactly is it? The construction seems to revolve around getting the best engineers and research teams together at Sirin Labs’ little facility in Tel Aviv. What seems to be a focus though is on Internet security, anti-virus software, and cyber-defence. Definitely, with the whole Panama papers deal, as well as countless other cyber-attacks on entertainment corporations and celebrity emails, that’s a key area to look into with plenty of market potential. Furthermore, in conjunction with the release of the phone, Sirin Labs will also be launching its first flagship store over in London.

Beyond that, at $15,000 you can bet that it isn’t going to look like any old run-of-mill iPhone. Their selling point is “quality, technology, and privacy”. To our not so tech-savvy minds, that calls up visions of cyberpunk fittings and holographic interfaces. Well, since they’re going to keep it a secret for now, we can let our imagination run wild can’t we?

Things in the world are certainly getting more uncertain every day, and as Edward Snowden’s leaks demonstrate, you never really know who’s watching. Perhaps for those who want a little certainty in this big mess, the couple thousands spent on the ‘Solarin’ will be a worthy investment, at least, psychologically.

You can check out Sirin Labs website over here.

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Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

Aster Diamonds Red Alligator by Vertu

Luxury phone manufacturer  has introduced a new model covered in alligator leather and white diamonds. The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator is available for €8,900 (around $10,550).

This new high-end model from the Vertu Aster collection comes with 55 white diamonds adorning its stainless steel case. The back of the case is covered in red alligator leather and features a polished titanium plate.

The smartphone’s 4.7-inch screen (1080p) is protected by a sapphire crystal glass. Each device is made by hand and is therefore said to be entirely unique.

The Aster Diamonds Red Alligator is an Android KitKat phone equipped with a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and 64GB of internal memory.

There are two cameras: one with 2.1MP and the other with 13MP, autofocus and double flash. The smartphone is 4G and NFC compatible.

For the same price, Vertu also offers the Aster Diamonds Black Alligator, which is decked out in 33 black diamonds and 22 white ones, along with black alligator leather on the back.

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Vertu and Bentley embark on smartphone collaboration

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Luxury phone manufacturer  announced it has signed a five-year contract with car maker Bentley.

The first “Vertu for Bentley” phone is expected to debut in October, kicking off a series of five different models to be launched over five years.

The new phones will be developed jointly by the Vertu and Bentley design teams. Users will have access to exclusive Bentley content through an integrated app that will come pre-installed on the devices.


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The partnership is expected to be backed by a joint marketing campaign, with Vertu working closely with Bentley during several international events.

Today, the Vertu brand is distributed in over 500 stores located across 66 countries. The manufacturer is known for its luxury phones such as the Signature Touch and the Constellation, which are sold for several thousand dollars and are often covered in gold or embedded with diamonds.


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The Vertu Constellation: a $6600 Android phone

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Once upon a time, the Vertu phone was the epitome of smartphone luxury, thanks to its 24/7 concierge hotline, which essentially made it an American Express black card that could make phone calls.

As such, just like the BlackBerry for businessmen, it quickly became the must-have gadget for socialites and sports stars alike. It might not have had the best camera or the richest display but where most handsets featured plastics, Vertu’s featured stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold and even carbon fibre.

But just like with BlackBerry, something called the iPhone came along and changed everything. Here was a phone that was desirable because it looked good and offered easy access to the internet and then to a multitude of apps, not because it was gold-plated, and Vertu, like its then-parent company, Nokia had to go back to the drawing board.

Today the company exists as an independent business and its latest handsets, like those that went before, put build quality above internal specifications, but Symbian has made way for Android, and the concierge service has got an update with a host of exclusive tailored and curated content and offers to invite-only and secret events from a number from a number of Vertu partners.

And the latest Vertu handset, the Constellation, is no exception. It can’t compete with other flagship Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy SIV in terms of performance — it boasts a 1.7Ghz dual-core processor and 32GB of internal storage– but the phone’s chassis is made not from plastics but from titanium which is stronger, lighter and more expensive than steel.

Then there’s the 4.3-inch 720p display which on its own isn’t exceptional, but what does make it much better is the fact that is covered by a sheet of sapphire glass. Even its case, available in a range of not so subtle colors is cut from the finest quality calfskin. The Constellation retails for €4,900 or $6630.

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu and Ferrari partner on a new smartphone

Vertu Ti Ferrari smartphone

Vertu has expanded its Ti line with a luxury smartphone whose design was inspired by the Ferrari F12 berlinetta. A limited edition of 2,013 smartphones will be produced and sold.

The new Vertu Ti Ferrari is the result of a close collaboration between the luxury phone maker and the luxury sportscar brand. Ferrari has supplied some of the red and black leather used in the seats of its sports cars for the leather accents along the smartphone’s casing. Vertu, in turn, has treated and conditioned the leather to ensure it will withstand the constant handling a smartphone is subject to.

The smartphone’s casing is made of diamond-like carbon (DLC), a lightweight material ten times stronger than stainless steel, which Ferrari uses to protect its motors from extreme heat and friction.

The back of the device is modeled after the aerodynamic lines of the F12 berlinetta, while the position of the supercar’s headlights is echoed in the position of the phone’s camera.

The Vertu Ti Ferrari’s feature set is not particularly impressive. Equipped with a 3.7-inch screen, an 8MP photo camera at the back and a 1.3MP front camera for video chats, the smartphone runs under Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is equipped with Bluetooth, wifi and 3G+ connectivity.

The start screen of the Vertu Ti Ferrari features the signature colors of the famous Italian car maker, and the Vertu for Ferrari App provides access to the latest Ferrari news from the brand’s social network pages and the automotive trade press.

The on-screen clock is modeled after the F12berlinetta’s tachometer, and the four available ringtones purr with the sound of the grand tourer’s V12 engine. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Vertu Ti comes to India

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Just three months after its European release, the exclusive handcrafted Vertu Ti smartphone is officially on sale in India.

Priced at an eye-watering Rs 649990, (€9000) the titanium-bodied Android phone is targeted at celebrities and VIPs and is therefore built more around features than performance — chief among these being its Vertu Key lifestyle services.

These services include a 24/7 concierge, exclusive editorial content, city guides and special, exclusive events and experiences, curated for the user based on his or her passions and preferences.

The phone is, at its base, an Android smartphone that runs Ice Cream Sandwich, a version of the operating system that is already nearly two years old and therefore isn’t optimized for the latest apps. Still, it does have one or two standard specifications to make other smartphone owners envious including its use of sapphire glass to protect its display, rather than Gorilla Glass.

The strongest substance currently available for glassmaking, it is virtually scratch-proof and is so tough it is used in the manufacture of body armor. However, it is still too expensive for mainstream smartphone manufacturers to use in large quantities.

The Vertu TI also offers 64GB of internal storage, meaning that it has been designed for the long term — there will always be space for apps and photos no matter how large they continue to get.


Vertu launches world’s costliest Android smartphone

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Vertu, the world’s leading provider of luxury mobile phones, has launched Vertu Ti, a new contemporary smartphone powered by Android. The Google Android operating system is 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which although isn’t the latest version, is upgradeable in the future.

The 8-megapixel camera can shoot 1080p video, plus there is a 1.3-megapixel video call lens above the screen, NFC, and 64GB of internal storage memory.

Based around a titanium case, Vertu Ti also uses leather accents as well as the largest sapphire crystal screen ever engineered at 3.7 inches.

The sapphire crystal renders the screen virtually scratch proof and it is tested to be four times stronger than other smart phones in terms of impact resistance

The handmade Vertu Ti starts at $9,600, with a more expensive rose gold-trimmed model that sells for a whopping $19,900.


First Vertu Android smartphone leaked early

First Vertu Android smartphone

The first pictures and specification details have emerged of the Ti, the first handset built by luxury smartphone maker Vertu, since Nokia sold the company in October.

The Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a WVGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor, is NFC compatible and supports Bluetooth 4.0.

What’s more, it is expected to retail for a ‘mere’ €3000 — making it one of the most expensive Android handsets on the market but by no means the most expensive Vertu handset ever dreamed up.

The company became famous for its exclusive handsets that incorporated expensive materials including carbon fibre, titanium, leather and even gold, and with its always-on concierge service, Vertu established the market for luxury smartphones.

However, since the brand’s heyday, other companies, most notably Ulysse Nardin Chairman, whose handsets combine the best elements of a smartphone with the best of a handcrafted Swiss chronograph, have pushed Vertu off its perch.

Although the company is no longer part of Nokia, the innards of the smartphone have been provided by the Finnish company, so technically speaking, the Vertu Ti is Nokia’s first Android phone.

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Nokia sells Vertu to EQT VI

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Mobile handset firm Nokia today said it will sell its luxury mobile brand Vertu to private equity firm EQT VI for an undisclosed amount.

Nokia’s plans to sell the subsidiary were first revealed last month and it was believed that UK-based Permira, who already own several luxury brands, were in pole position to acquire “the world’s most expensive phone brand.”
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Vertu Constellation Quest Ferrari

Vertu Constellation Quest Ferrari smartphone

Vertu has unveiled the Constellation Quest Ferrari, a luxury smartphone inspired by the Ferrari 458 Italia sports car.

The most striking feature of the product is the iconic Cavallino Rampante, intrinsically crafted from polished stainless steel and embedded in the titanium battery cover. The Ferrari logo is embossed in the leather on the front of the handset.

The luxury handset is meticulously crafted from the most luxurious of materials such as polished sapphire crystal, Ferrari calf leather and polished black ceramic.
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Vertu Signature Dragon cellphone

Vertu Signature Dragon cellphone

Vertu Signature Dragon cellphone

Nokia’s luxury brand Vertu is celebrating the Chinese new year with a luxury dragon-themed mobile phone based on its Signature collection.

Each quad-band dragon phone comes in stainless steel with emeralds, black steel with Rubies, or gold with diamonds.

The handsets cost about $20,800 ; buyers get a leather case, a charging base, and one year of Vertu Concierge service free.
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Vertu Constellation T Black leather

Vertu Constellation T launching this month

Vertu Constellation T Black leather

Nokia’s luxury phones brand Vertu is about to release its first phone to feature a touchscreen, the Constellation T.

Vertu Constellation T is made with exquisite materials, including sapphire, diamond and other precious metals and jewelry.

However, the main attraction for those who are familiar with the company’s products is the 3.5-inch qHD AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display.
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Vertu Ermenegildo Zegna China anniversary

Ermenegildo Zegna Celebrates 20 Years in China

Vertu Ermenegildo Zegna China anniversary

Year 2011 sees Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna celebrating its 20th Anniversary in China.

To commemorate this occasion Ermenegildo Zegna made a special limited edition collection of just twenty pieces to mark this important milestone.

The collection include watches, cufflinks, mobile phones and fabrics made in collaboration with Girard-Perregaux, Tateossian and Vertu.
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Vertu Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre 18-Karat Gold

Vertu Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre

Vertu Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre 18-Karat Gold

Vertu, the leading manufacturer of luxury mobile phones has launched a carbon fibre edition of its Constellation Quest handset.

Engineered using high performance materials combined with luxury finishes, Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre takes its inspiration from the world of motorsport and aeronautical design.

Constellation Quest Carbon Fibre features a matte black PVD body with detailing in polished stainless steel or polished 18 carat gold.
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Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT

The British cell phone manufacturer Vertu has once again partnered with Ferrari to release the Ascent Ferrari GT handset.

Inspired by the equally high-end Italian cars, the Vertu Ascent Ferrari GT has a body made made forged titanium with a matte black PVD finish.

The black and red hand-sewn leather ornaments use the exact same leather as the Ferrari interiors.
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Vertu Constellation Quest Collection

Vertu, the market leader in luxury mobile phones has unveiled its first smartphone, Constellation Quest.

The phone is like E63, E71 and E72 phone with a new twist, a QWERTY keyboard. But as it bears the Vertu name and logo it will be more luxurious :)

The new luxury handset is made of either matte or polished stainless steel or 18-karat gold with a leatherback and sapphire crystal or stainless steel keys.
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Vertu Opens first Beverly Hills Boutique

Leading luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu opened their latest U.S. boutique on Beverly Hills’ famous Rodeo Drive last week.

The Rodeo Drive location was strategically chosen for its reputation as one of the world’s most exclusive shopping destinations.

The LA Times reported that at the grand opening there were more than a few enthusiasts in attendance including music producer Quincy Jones and singer Seal.
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