Vertu has announced its second Android smartphone, the Constellation, following the successful launch of the Ti earlier this year. While the TI used Google’s OS for the first time, its design was traditional Vertu, however the new Constellation is visually very different, and has more in common with the smartphone in your pocket than previous Vertu devices.
This new approach is symbolic of changing attitudes at the company, as the Constellation is aimed at a younger audience, who perhaps aren’t ready for all the stylistic flourishes of the Ti. Younger doesn’t mean poorer though, as the Constellation has been priced at 4900 euros, or about £4000. Expensive, certainly, but less than the £7000-plus Ti.
For this you get a smartphone hand built in the UK, with a titanium body shell, an unscratchable sapphire crystal screen, and a swathe of leather across the rear panel. This is none of your fake leather either, and it has been sourced from a tannery in the Alps with more than 150 years experience.
On the technical side, the Constellation has a 4.3-inch, 720p display, and the operating system is Android 4.2. A dual-core, 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor is hidden inside, and a 13-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording sits on the back of the phone. Vertu includes its Life and Certainty services, with the former providing exclusive access to restricted VIP events around the world, and the latter taking care of both personal and digital security.
The phone will go on sale next week through its boutique stores, and we’re quite taken with the orange version.