Vertu’s new Constellation is its best looking yet, still quite expensive

ConstellationHeard of Vertu? You should have, as it’s a British company that has cornered the market in luxury smartphones, which it hand makes at its factory in Hampshire. This week it has launched its second Android smartphone, the Constellation. It’s quite a departure for the firm, as previous Vertu phones have looked very different from any other device on the market, but this time it’s a far more contemporary design.

Underneath a piece of sapphire glass – which can’t be scratched unless you’re using a diamond – on the front is a 4.3-inch display with a 720p resolution. Wrapped around the bottom and the rear is a single piece of leather, which has been produced by a 150-year-old tannery in the Alps. The body of the Constellation is made from titanium.

The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and Vertu has included a couple of special extras. Forget Samsung or LG’s special apps, as Vertu’s Life will grant you access to exclusive or sold out events around the world, while Vertu Certainty will organise real life bodyguards in addition to providing secure email and messaging on the phone.

Other technical specifications include a 1.7GHz, dual-core Snapdragon processor, a 13-megapixel camera, 32GB of internal storage space, NFC, GPS, Wi-Fi and a 1.3-megapixel video call lens.

The Constellation is all set to go on sale in Vertu’s boutique stores and selected retailers before the end of the month, when it will cost about £4000. Pricey, yes, but luxury always is.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars