Vertu's new Android smartphone is handmade in England, costs $10,000


Vertu, once the high-end branch of the Nokia empire, has released a new super-expensive handset, the Ti. As usual for a Vertu, the materials list reads more like a luxury watch advertisement than a cellphone; the Ti is encased in titanium, has a sapphire crystal display, and is handmade in England. Unlike the Vertus of old, the Ti runs Android, but although it comes with the addition of the company's 24-hour concierge service, it's still the 16-month old Android 4.0. The Ti also has dated specs: for around $10,000 (and that's just the starting price), you'll get a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

The company's head of design Hutch Hutchinson defends the price-to-specs ratio saying "Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology... it has to be about relevant technology and craftmanship — it's not a disposable product." Today's release was enough to bring outspoken ex-Nokia Vice President Anssi Vanjoki out of his Twitter hiatus: he tweeted about the handset saying "nothing will ever feel the same." If Vanjoki's words are enough to persuade you to ditch your "disposable" phone, the Ti is on sale now.

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