Vertu unveils a new Constellation handset
Vertu is not a new name in the industry, although they do not launch many handsets and most of us will never have one. However, the handsets of this English luxury phone maker that once was a part of Nokia are always special. The new Constellation is not much different when compared to other Vertu handsets, but aims to carry on the legacy of this exclusivist brand, trying to balance "iconic heritage elements with sleek modern design."
According to the official press release, the Vertu Constellation "combines superior performance technology, exceptional build quality, luxurious materials and Vertu's renowned platform of dedicated services." Its highlights include a 5.5-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a sixth generation sapphire crystal screen protection, a 12 MP camera with 1.55-micron pixels, but the other specs are not as impressive as one would expect. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, next to 4 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage with microSD support for additional space, all powered by a 3,220 mAh battery with wireless charging.
The new Vertu Constellation runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Vertu's UI on top and is the first Vertu phone to offer dual-SIM capabilities. Thanks to Vertu's partnership with Silent Circle, this phone can make encrypted calls. The handset is expected to become available for purchase in less than a month, and we expect it to cost around $6,000 USD (the last Vertu Constellation launched for around $5,700 USD). The pricing has not been unveiled yet by Vertu, so we will get back to the new Constellation once that happens.