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Luxury Vertu Ti Smartphone Chooses Android Over Windows Phone

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Nokia’s former luxury phone maker Vertu has launched its first ever Android smartphone, the Vertu Ti, selecting the Google operating system over Windows Phone because it is more established.

Vertu was Nokia’s luxury brand, selling phones costing several thousand pounds each, until it was sold to Swedish private equity firm EQT IV last year in a transaction believed to be worth around £162.5 million to the Finnish phone maker.

While it was part of Nokia, Vertu handsets used the aging Symbian platform, but the company has not followed its former parent in adopting Windows Phone for its latest product.

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Vertu Ti 1Vertu was first established in 1998 by Nokia to design and manufacture some of the most expensive mobile phones in the world and the company prides itself on using precious metals, leathers and gemstones in its products. Its phones can only be purchased from 500 retailers around the world, including 70 of its own boutiques.

The Vertu Ti is hand-assembled from 184 parts at the company’s headquarters in Hampshire and is signed by the person who assembled it. At 180g, it’s heavier than many of its cheaper contemporaries, but its titanium frame and 3.7-inch sapphire screen is intended to be durable, which will give peace of mind to owners of a £6,700 smartphone.

For your money, you get the most powerful Vertu smartphone ever, powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a dual core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. It has an eight megapixel rear-facing camera and 1.3MP front facing camera, while luxury technology fans will be pleased to learn that the Vertu Ti offers “symphonic sound” – tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Vertu Irene Adler SherlockProud owners will also be able to use the ‘concierge’ button to contact a team of specialists who provide advice and information on things such as restaurant bookings, and buying gifts.

Vertu does not provide sales figures, but according to the BBC, sales have increased every year for the last decade, except for 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed. There are apparently 326,000 Vertu owners worldwide.

The company scored the perfect product placement last year, with the Vertu featuring as the cameraphone used by dominatrix Irene Adler (played by Laura Pulver, pictured) to compromise the Royal Family, and frustrate Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock.

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  1. Great news!. Microsoft is going the way of the Dodo bird very fast. Linux is taking over Phones, the Internet and Millions of Computers. Game makers are starting to flood in.

    I made the switch to Linux one year ago and I have zero regrets, I enjoy the freedom of using my computer how I want; and nobody forcing me to upgrade every year for hundreds of dollars.

    Goodbye Microsoft and good riddance.

    1. Ben, Ben, Ben…
      You ain’t the brightest cookie in the jar, are you?

      You don’t seem to realise that a few phones for the upper class isn’t a really a great loss, you miss the point that most desktop OS’s sold are still Windows, that every Android sale is money in MS pocket, that XBox is a massive market as is XBox live, that Office is still a standard the world over and Linux is still worth very little in the grand scheme of installs….Go to your local PC store and ask what is installed as standard!

      And then consider that MS have always been a loss leader that gets there eventually.

      Long live MS, the lesser of current corporate evils!

  2. I hope that device arrive with a excelent hardware. It will be bad to have an expensive smartphone and it doesn’t work well.