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Vertu Metavertu is a new "Web3" smartphone that can be configured to cost over US$41,000

The new Metavertu. (Source: Vertu)
The new Metavertu. (Source: Vertu)
The luxury-focused smartphone brand Vertu has adopted Web3 with the new Metavertu handset. It sports a number of 'normal' flagship-grade features such as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1-powered device and a large FHD+ AMOLED display, yet purports to augment them with features such as a "secure chip" for the user's blockchain activities, not to mention a choice of premium finishes that include an alligator leather rear panel that pushes the Metavertu's USD asking price into five figures.

Vertu is back and is banking on there being some crypto millionaires who want their smartphone to reflect their high-end on-chain lifestyle. To that end, the Metavertu is rated to "switch from web2 to web3" with one click within its system.

The UK-based super-high-end mobile device brand even asserts that it has "10T IPFS" storage, a "metaspace encrypted space" and the A5 "Privacy Chip" necessary to secure the NFTs the smartphone can apparently create from any photo taken with its camera in one step.

The Metavertu also integrates its own "Value" wallet and "Vtalk" end-to-end encrypted IM service to keep all the user's "secrets" safe. Then again, the operating system that actually supports all of these features is not made entirely clear.

On that note, the actual smartphone attributes on which a lot of this is based have, oddly enough, a lot in common with those of the OEM ZTE, down to the main 64MP "humanity camera" with a 35mm lens, 55W charging for its 4,600mAh battery and 6.7-inch waterfall display - then again, it does not quite extend to a UDC selfie camera; there is a centrally-oriented punch-hole instead.

Then again, Vertu makes its new device much more of its own with the choice of rear panel options. They are finished in a signature brand style and range from "Basic Carbon Fiber" to "Himalaya Alligator Leather".

They are listed the cheapest and most expensive options respectively - although that still manages to run from US$3,600 to $41,500 - probably because the Metavertu's top-end 18GB RAM/1TB internal storage SKU is also finished with 18K gold and diamonds.

Presuming a prospective buyer manages to make a good enough token sale, the Vertu Metavertu is available via the brand's own webstore from now.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-10-25 (Update: 2022-10-26)