Luxury smartphone maker Vertu has released its brand new model, dubbed the Signature Touch. As with all Vertu phones the emphasis is on the premium market, so it’s no surprise to learn that it comes clad in a choice of colored calfskin, lizard or alligator leather cases. Inside, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, NFC capabilities and a 4.7-inch 1080p display, mean it can compete directly with the current breed of top-of-the-range models from Apple and Samsung. It also offers wireless Qi charging, so you won’t have to plug it in each night.
The Signature Touch has now become a Vertu that can compete on hardware, too.
Bang & Olufsen has weighed in with help on the speaker system and Hassalblad on the main camera, and there’s also a 2.1-megapixel front camera, 64GB of onboard storage, LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, and Bluetooth 4.0. Vertu has also opted for Qi wireless charging and NFC.
The design wraps everything up in a mixture of titanium, hand-finished leather in a choice of five of colors, and ceramic, while sapphire crystal is used to protect the display.
If you can afford it, you’ll find the Signature Touch is actually a great device for 4G travelers, too: it has support for a huge number of LTE bands – 1-5, 7, 8, 17, 20 & 25 – for different networks around the world. Vertu has also inked a worldwide iPass WiFi roaming deal for owners.
Vertu’s usual services, like the Concierge personal assistant, are also provided. Of course, this is a Vertu, and so the Signature Touch comes with a suitably outlandish price. Figure on spending £6,750 ($11,300) when the smartphone goes on sale this month.
– Each Vertu Signature Touch handset is custom made, by hand
– It has Bang and Olufsen speakers, and a 13MP Hassleblad camera
– Vertu Life app offers access to sporting events and private members’ clubs
– Owners also get a 24-hour Concierge available via voice, email and chat
– It is made of titanium and leather, and the screen is protected by crystal
– It has a 4.7-inch HD display, runs on Android KitKat 4.4 and goes on sale worldwide later this month