Irked that your £200 Android smartphone keeps getting scratched by diamonds? Spending £6700 won't help
Got £6700 wedged behind the sofa or hidden in an offshore bank account? Need a new phone? British company Vertu has the answer: the Vertu Ti Android smartphone.
The Vertu Ti is made by hand in Hampshire by one 'craftsman' and has a screen made of sapphires and a case made of titanium. Its manufacturers claim it is "five times stronger than other smartphones".
Vertu was previously owned by Nokia and made luxury phones for its unpopular Symbian operating system. Now out from under Nokia's wing, the company is focussing on high-end Android handsets.
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Vertu Ti has a 3.7inch screen, a 1.7Ghz processor and 64GB of storage space. There are also two cameras, an 8MP one on the back and a 1.3MP one on the front.
The specs rank the Vertu Ti alongside most middle-of-the-road Android phones. The difference? This one costs more than a two week luxury family holiday to Florida for a family of four. The phone is also available coated in alligator skin, for that added bit of class.
The Vertu Ti is put through 'rigorous' testing, so those who splash their cash on a handset can rest assured that it can be pelted with pointy house keys and remain unscathed. The case can withstand 50kg of force, so a fat child sitting on it should have little effect.
Despite the price, however, it won't withstand a common problem faced by the rich and frivolous; diamond scratches. The screen isn't resistant to marks from diamonds, so it is advised not to put the Vertu Ti in a bag with your collection of diamond jewellery. Also, unlike some recent smartphones, it isn't waterproof, so dropping it in a bath of champagne is unwise.
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