For UK-based Vertu, a smartphone is not really a smartphone. Quite literally. But, it’s a fashion accessory. It’s all about the excesses and the exuberance. It’s all about the bling. Not to mention, a Vertu smartphone ought to be ridiculously expensive as well. If you thought the iPhone or the Pixel were expensive, well, they don’t even belong to the same universe as Vertu’s 2017 Constellation. The Constellation, for the record, starts at $6,000 which roughly translates to almost a whopping Rs 4 lakh. You can do the math now.
The Constellation, like Vertu’s previous offerings doesn’t really care about being slim, or being paper thin. The phone is almost 10mm in thickness and weighs close to 240 grams. That’s a lot of smartphone, if you were to compare it with incumbent flagship phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG’s new G6. If that wasn’t enough the Constellation also has some of the chunkiest bezels in the world. Now, most reviewers would write off the Constellation solely on these parameters. Vertu doesn’t care of course. For Vertu, the Constellation is way beyond paper specs and paper dimensions.
Speaking of which, the Constellation comes with a 5.5-inch Quad-HD AMOLED screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor clubbed with 4 gigs of RAM under the hood. It comes with 128GB of internal memory which is further expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs an almost non-modified version of Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and supports USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.
The Constellation further sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. On the front it comes with a 4-megapixel camera.
The phone is backed by a 3,220mAh battery and comes with a pair of front-firing stereo speakers fine -tuned by Dolby audio.
Clearly, these are just about the bare minimum specs that you could ask for from a 2017 flagship, and yet, the Constellation costs a whopping Rs 4 lakh.
Vertu has employed as many as seven different build materials to make the Constellation. The front, for one, is carved out of 140-carat sapphire. The sapphire cover over the screen makes the Constellation one of the hardest phones to break or scratch. There’s also machined aluminum with a careful sand-blasted finish, as also calf leather. There’s a dedicated ruby button on-board that launches Vertu’s dedicated Concierge service, which as the name suggests, lets you book tickets to a fancy restaurant nearby (among other things) not via some AI but with the help of actual people.
The Constellation is also being touted as a supremely secure smartphone. The phone offers measures like user data encryption, secure communications via Silent Circle and cryptographic secure boot. Most importantly, Vertu also promises regular software updates for the Constellation which should technically entail in Nougat hitting the phone soon enough.