Android Vertu is still making terrible luxury smartphones

Scorpus

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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.

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Kibaruk

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When someone writes news (Even in tech sites), they should "try" to restrain themselves from making a comment of their own on every paragraph (Unless of course... it's a review, which this is not).

Who knows, maybe someone does love the unique look on that phone and has more money than sense, that's not for someone to judge upon :p

I'll grant you the lack of CDMA radio sucks but, somebody that will spend 10k on a phone for just the looks or status probably doesn't care about it or not being in Android 6.0.
 

Scshadow

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When someone writes news (Even in tech sites), they should "try" to restrain themselves from making a comment of their own on every paragraph (Unless of course... it's a review, which this is not).
This, really... I don't think anyone could disagree with the author's viewpoint but the article reads like an over zealous amateur journalist wrote it.
 
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Adhmuz

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What a piece of crap, looks like one, will probably stop working before it should. Who ever style this and then took a step back and went "Oh, Yes, That looks sharp. Put this into production!" should be brought out back and pelted to death by these god awful looking things. Just, wtf...
 
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teddy

When someone writes news (Even in tech sites), they should "try" to restrain themselves from making a comment of their own on every paragraph (Unless of course... it's a review, which this is not).

Who knows, maybe someone does love the unique look on that phone and has more money than sense, that's not for someone to judge upon :p

I'll grant you the lack of CDMA radio sucks but, somebody that will spend 10k on a phone for just the looks or status probably doesn't care about it or not being in Android 6.0.
I dont like android 6+ anyway :/ they brought windows user access control from windows, to android. need to allow everything to access stuff now. maybe more safe, but a lot more annoying too.
 
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teddy

I like the specs on it :) so, I would buy if I had the money. most phones either have bigger screens or slower hardware. and its on sd, so rom ppl should love it.
 

trgz

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I look at that and, whilst ugly, I am curiously reminded of the many expensive watches that blokes insist on wearing - is it because they (the watches) are actually rather ugly too and we've just not cottoned on to it?
(a non watch-wearer since '01)