The most expensive Symbian smartphone ever - Vertu Constellation launches

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You've heard of top of the line smartphones costing over £500, you've heard of the original Nokia Communicator coming in near £1000 back in the day, but today's launch of the Vertu Constellation sees a Symbian smartphone  in the "£4,000 to £10,000" region, according to the Telegraph. Or, as I like to put it, "if you have to ask the price then you can't afford it" territory.


The new Constellation, which features a ruby surround on its camera and a sapphire crystal screen, will sell from €4,400 in ‘Satin Brown’ to €10,900 in ‘Red Gold Mixed Metals’.

Although Symbian is stated as the OS, it's not clear as to which version (reportedly Symbian Anna, see below, in the comments), though prospective buyers won't care - it'll be more of a status mobile phone, always tied into a voice 'concierge' system to bring them whatever their heart desires. My guess is that, at heart, it has the guts of the C7.

Some features of interest:

  • 3.5" nHD AMOLED screen, made from 'Sapphire crystal'
  • 8 megapixel camera with EDOF and twin LED 'Heptagon' flash 
  • ringtones specially composed for the handset and performed by the LSO
  • City Brief software triggers off GPS to present relevant information for your current location
  • High-fidelity 11mm x 15mm loudspeaker

Other specs (quoted from the official Constellation page):

  • 118.2 x 54.5 x 12.2mm
  • Weight 164g to 199g, depending on materials chosen(!)
  • Up to 7 hours talk time (GSM)
  • Up to 4.5 hours talk time (WCDMA)
  • Up to 400/400 (GSM/WCDMA) hours standby time
  • Quadband WCDMA and GSM coverage worldwide (WCDMA I/I I/IV/V/VIII, EGSM 900, GSM 850/1800/1900 networks)
  • Bluetooth / microUSB / WLAN
  • PC and Mac synchronisation
  • Accelerometer / MMS/SMS / Multi Language Dictionary
  • FM Radio
  • Accurate, dual-time clock with calendar based availability
  • User memory: Fixed 32GB
  • Twitter and Facebook applications
  • Full HTML Web browser
  • Nokia Maps Satellite Navigation with pre-installed maps
  • Quickoffice for viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files
  • PDF viewer / Photo viewer with web share
  • Audio/Video player
  • Emergency Torchlight

Perry Oosting, the company’s president, said that “Vertu has applied its values of an authentic, tailored, luxury experience to our latest smartphone, creating a touch screen handset that is as functional as it is beautiful.”