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Vertu returns with the US$5,000 Aster P luxury smartphone

Vertu Aster P back cover, Vertu is back from bankruptcy October 2018 (Source: Android Central)
Vertu Aster P back cover (Source: Android Central)
The brand once owned by Nokia is back with the Vertu Aster P, a luxury handset that is all about status. Available in China for a bit over US$5,000, this handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and does not even have a dual camera setup on the back, but nobody buys Verty handsets for their specs, right?

While Vertu claims that its devices target high net-worth individuals who value exclusivity and standing out above anything else, these handsets are often described as bling. Wired went as far as calling Vertu phones "tasteless trash" and, in the end, the truth might lay somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, the fact that the luxury brand once owned by Nokia is back from bankruptcy with a new expensive phone with modest technical specs is something worth checking out.

The new Vertu Aster P is already available for purchase in China and, just as expected, it does not come cheap. With prices starting at the equivalent of US$5,167, this luxury phone sports a titanium frame and a resilient 4.9-inch AMOLED display covered by a 133-carat sapphire crystal panel. However, its innards fail to impress: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 6 GB of memory, 128 GB internal storage, a 20 MP selfie shooter and a 12 MP main camera, as well as a 3,200 mAh battery — specs that place this phone in the mid-range sector.

The Vertu Aster P runs a customized Android 8.1 Oreo firmware and its ruby concierge button provides 24/7 access to a personal butler. Vertu Aster P owners will also get access to exclusive invite-only events. 

At last, if the Ink Black and White variants are not your thing, you can go for the Dazzling Gold Vertu P which retails for the equivalent of more than US$14,000. Obviously, this is because we are talking about a gold-plated model and not one that simply has a layer of gold paint thrown on its case. Three more variants — blue, orange, and brown — should hit the market at a later time, but don't expect them to be cheaper.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-19 (Update: 2018-10-22)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.