Vertu is a company that just keeps popping up, releasing new and ludicriously expensive 'luxury' phones whenever they can convince companies to license their identity.
The latest smartphone from Vertu, in partnership with Bentley, is absolutely awful. The exterior is equipped with "two-tone Beluga and Hotspur Bentley leather" and features like "knurled side keys, a unique pillow rail and sound bar and a 3D Bentley logo", resulting in a truly ugly body.
It's pretty much exactly the same smartphone the company launched in September 2015 from a hardware perspective. This means you're getting a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 810 SoC, 64 GB of internal NAND, and a 3,160 mAh battery, which doesn't sound too bad for a current-gen high-end smartphone.
Unfortunately, you can forget paying a typical $500-600 for the Signature Touch for Bentley. Instead, you'll have to fork out at least $9,000, which is absolutely ridiculous for even the best smartphones. Why anyone would pay this mind-boggling price for a hideous Bentley-branded phone is completely beyond me.
Oh, and it gets better than that. For the $9,000+ price tag, Vertu hasn't bothered updating the Signature Touch to Android 6.0 (it runs Android 5.1). You'll also be stuck using either AT&T or T-Mobile, as the company couldn't afford to spend a few dollars on a CDMA radio for wider support.
There's no word on when the new Signature Touch for Bentley will hit the market, and that's probably a good thing. No one should buy it.