Vertu wanted to make a Windows Phone 8 luxury handset. Android was simpler though
Feb15

Vertu wanted to make a Windows Phone 8 luxury handset. Android was simpler though

As you probably already know, Vertu recently announced its first Android smartphone. This is called Vertu Ti, runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and prices for it start at 7,900 Euro (about $10,500). What you may not know is that Vertu intended to make a Windows Phone 8 luxury device at first. The problem, according to ZDnet, was “the complexity of building for Windows Phone.” Thus, Vertu eventually decided to use Android. I find this a bit weird, and here’s why: the Vertu Ti (pictured below) has the model number RM-828V – that’s really close to the model numbers of Nokia’s Lumia 820: RM-824 and RM-826. So the phone’s inside hardware is likely manufactured by Nokia (which, of course, knows very well how to make Windows Phones). Most probably, Vertu had troubles not with the hardware side, but with software inegration – since it always wants to customize its smartphones’ interfaces, and Windows Phone doesn’t really allow that. So, in the end, the company’s first smartphone is what it is: a dual-core Android with a 3.7 inch display, and a really expensive case. Reportedly, at the moment there are about 300,000 people around the world who own a Vertu phone – mostly older, non-smartphone models (and each owner had to pay at least a few thousand bucks for their device). Vertu belonged to Nokia until last year, when the Finnish company sold 90% of its shares to...

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Luxurious Vertu Ti RM-828V with Android shows up, it’s a Nokia-made device
Jan30

Luxurious Vertu Ti RM-828V with Android shows up, it’s a Nokia-made device

Just yesterday, we told you that Vertu (Nokia’s ex luxury brand) was about to launch its first Android smartphones, but without providing too many details on this. Well, now we can take a look at what seems to be the very first Vertu handset to run Android: Vertu Ti. What’s really interesting is that this Vertu Ti has the model number RM-828V, which clearly resembles the model numbers of Nokia’s latest Lumia WP8 handsets: Lumia 920 (RM-820 and RM-822) and Lumia 820 (RM-824 and RM-826). So the hardware inside the Vertu Ti must be manufactured by Nokia. Thus, in a way, this is the first Nokia-made Android smartphone – inconceivable as it may sound. According to Blog of Mobile (in Japanese), the Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, and features a WVGA display, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon processor (just like the Lumia 920 and 820), NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and – disappointingly – a 1,250 mAh battery. It remains to be seen if the Ti RM-828V will be among the cheapest Android-based Vertu devices – if yes, it’s going to cost about 3,000 Euros. All in all, I didn’t expect to see a Nokia-made Android device, ever. And yet, here it is – albeit dressed in an expensive case, and devoid of Nokia...

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Vertu’s cheapest Android smartphone to cost €3,000. New Nokia 8800 Legacy in the making?
Jan29

Vertu’s cheapest Android smartphone to cost €3,000. New Nokia 8800 Legacy in the making?

Nokia sold Vertu last year, and now the luxury phone maker belongs to EQT (well, actually 90% of its shares belong to EQT, as Nokia still holds %10). The new owner has promised to “drive the development of the luxury mobile phone category through significant investments”. And it looks like they’re almost ready to introduce new devices. As reported in late 2012, Vertu’s new handsets will run Android. Now, Russian insider Eldar Murtazin says the cheapest Vertu Android smartphone will cost €3,000 (about $4,030). The first Vertu-braded Android smartphone could be introduced at the end of February. There are no details on its design, and neither on what features it will bring. Moreover, we don’t know if it’s going to run Android Jelly Bean, or an older version of the OS (luxury phones don’t usually offer the latest software). Eldar Murtazin is also saying that Vertu plans to launch a new Nokia 8800 Legacy. It remains t be seen what OS the 8800 Legacy will run (I really don’t think Nokia would allow Android on it anyway). It’s also not clear if the 8800 Legacy will be a slider – like the older 8800 models, including the 8800 Carbon Arte. Update: this new Vertu Nokia handset will not be called 8800 Legacy after all. But it is a device that should continue what the 8800 series had...

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A real marble brick of a smartphone: Mobiado Grand Touch Executive
Oct16

A real marble brick of a smartphone: Mobiado Grand Touch Executive

Remember the times when we used to refer to our mobile phones as bricks? I do. But our handsets started to get smaller, slimmer real fast, and the name just faded away. Well, if you have a bunch of money to spare, you may soon be able to hold a real marble brick of a smartphone in your hand. Courtesy of a luxury handset maker Mobiado. A couple of years ago Mobiado sent out a press release with a picture of a concept phone CPT001, made from a solid block of marble: We all smiled, shrugged, penned our short news pieces about the thing, and promptly forgot about it. Just another weird designer flight of fancy. Or so we thought. Well, it seems that Mobiado was serious about its marble phone. They’ve just sent out another press release, claiming that their first Grand Touch Executive mobile phone based on CPT001 concept and made from a “hybrid stone material”, is almost ready. Granted, Mobiado still can not show us a working phone. Only what looks like a stone chassis and a collection of parts. But now you got me really interested in this thing, guys. Even if I’ll only be able to see it in some closed stand at some millionaires fair. Now can you give me some real pics and more details about that sapphire touchscreen, golden screws and other stuff to drool...

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Aston Martin Aspire announced as a luxury Android phone
Sep17

Aston Martin Aspire announced as a luxury Android phone

British sports car maker Aston Martin now has its own Android handset – not long after it collaborated with Mobiado for launching the Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin (which is basically a redesigned Google Nexus S). Called Aston Martin Aspire, the handset has been unveiled in Hong Kong. It’s a luxury device that’s going to be available in five color versions: black, white, silver, gold, and rose gold. The first three versions cost around $1,290, while the last two are about $1,590 (because 24K gold is used for their cases). Although the Aston Martin Aspire looks (and is) expensive, its specs – according to ePrice – are of a mid-to-entry-level smartphone, including: a 3.2 inch HVGA display, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, 800MHz single-core processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, and MicroSD card support. Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread runs the show. The handset comes in a rather big retail box which includes, among others, a leather pouch, Aston Martin headphones, and two 1,500 mAh batteries. There’s no word on what company actually manufactures the Aston Martin Aspire (but it could be Acer, since it’s making Aspire laptops). Also, we don’t know if the handset is going to be released outside Hong...

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The world’s most luxurious iPhone collection launched by Swiss company Golden Dreams
Apr12

The world’s most luxurious iPhone collection launched by Swiss company Golden Dreams

Golden Dreams, a company based in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced “the world’s most luxurious iPhone collection,” which includes luxury iPhones dressed in leather, gold, or diamonds. These will certainly give Amosu, Gresso, GoldStriker and the others a run for their money. The new Golden Dreams collection includes three iPhone models: Desert Edition (using “carefully selected alligator leather”), Gold Edition (with “24ct-gold plating or with 120 grams of 18ct gold”), and Diamond Edition (which can contain up to 4,057 diamonds). Prices for the Desert Edition iPhones start at 1,990 Swiss francs (about $2,172). Gold Edition iPhones cost at least 2,150 Swiss francs ($2,346). As for the Diamond Edition ones, prices are only available upon request, and we can only imagine they’re exorbitant. Anyway, if you’re dying to have one of those, you can visit the Golden Dreams website for more details. Via Press...

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Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin is a luxury Samsung Nexus S you probably don’t need
Mar06

Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin is a luxury Samsung Nexus S you probably don’t need

Mobiado has officially unveiled its second Android touchscreen phone, which was designed together with Aston Martin (following the two companies’ collaboration announced back in March 2011). The new handset is called Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin, and features the car maker’s logo on the back case. Like the previous Mobiado Grand Touch (introduced in August last year), the Grand Touch Aston Martin is just a Samsung Nexus S dressed in an expensive case. The device’s body is “precision CNC machined” from solid aircraft aluminum, or solid brass with rose / yellow gold – depending on the version. Ebony wood or mother of pearl (MOP) is inserted below the metallic surface. Other materials used include sapphire crystal and stainless steel. All Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin models are sold unlocked, and come with quad-band GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) and tri-band HSDPA (900 / 1700 / 2100 MHz) connectivity. As for their other features, these are the regular Nexus S ones, including a 4 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 5MP rear camera VGA front-facing camera, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and Android Gingerbread. Mobiado didn’t disclose the price of its Grand Touch Aston Martin, but it’s certainly not a low one. You can try to find out where to buy the new handset from here at Mobiado’s website. Via Press...

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Vertu Constellation T is the newest luxury touchscreen smartphone in town
Oct04

Vertu Constellation T is the newest luxury touchscreen smartphone in town

Vertu (wholly owned subsidiary of Nokia) is about to introduce its very first luxury touchscreen phone. Called Vertu Constellation T, the new handset is presented by the Bluetooth SIG as “the epitome of luxury elegance in a mobile smartphone.” Surprisingly – since most luxury phones are more about being luxurious than offering nice specs – the Constellation T packs a pretty solid set of features: 3.5 inch nHD (360 x 640) AMOLED display, penta-band 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 8MP EDOF camera with dual LED flash, and 32GB of internal memory. The handset runs an unspecified version of Symbian. Since Vertu hasn’t officially announced the Constellation T yet, we don’t know when it’s going to be released, and neither for what price. But just don’t hope that you’ll be able to get it for under $1,000, because it’s not going to...

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Mobiado Grand Touch with Android Gingerbread is the company’s first luxury touchscreen phone
Aug18

Mobiado Grand Touch with Android Gingerbread is the company’s first luxury touchscreen phone

Traditionally, Mobiado has launched only candybar phones – but not anymore. The Canadian company has announced its first touchscreen handsets: the Mobiado Grand Touch and the Mobiado Grand Touch GCB. The Grand Touch has a case “precision CNC machined from solid aircraft aluminum”, while the Grand Touch GCB is made out of brass, and plated with gold. Other than that (and the resulting different colors), the devices are identical. Their features include: 4 inch display with 800 x 480 pixels and curved glass surface Quad-band GSM connectivity (850/900/1800/1900) Tri-band HSDPA connectvity (900/1700/2100) Wi-Fi GPS Accelerometer 3.5m headset jack 5MP camera with LED flash 512MB of RAM 1GHz processor 16GB of on-board memory Mobiado doesn’t mention the handsets’ OS in the press release announcing them. However, the company has confirmed to us via e-mail that the devices run Android 2.3 Gingerbread. This certainly makes them quite appealing – well, that’s if you afford to spend a few thousand dollars on only one phone. You can check out the handsets at Mobiado’s website. Update: it seems that under the expensive hood which bears the Mobiado brand there’s actually a Google Nexus S. But… does Google really allow this? Via Press...

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Gresso iPhone 4 Time Machine costs $6,000, brings you six watches
Jun08

Gresso iPhone 4 Time Machine costs $6,000, brings you six watches

If you’re disappointed that Apple didn’t unveil a new iPhone at WWDC 2011 earlier this week, maybe Gresso’s new iPhone 4 will get your attention. Meet the iPhone 4 Time Machine, which should be available sometime later this year. The name has nothing to do with Apple’s homonymous backup utility, and neither with H.G. Wells’ time machine. Gresso named its luxury iPhone like that because it has 6 independent Swiss watches integrated into the back panel. The watches, which are diamond-coated, show the local time in six of the world’s most important cities: New York, London, Paris, Moscow, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. According top Gresso, the iPhone 4 Time Machine is “designed specifically for people living in the rhythm of world time” (whatever that means). The company failed to mention that those people also need to be rich – because the iPhone 4 Time Machine costs $6,000. Well, at least it’s cheaper than the Black Diamond iPhone. You can check out the new iPhone here at...

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