Luxury Smartphones for Status Seekers Starting at $6,900

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-10-24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    By Todd R. Weiss
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    Vertu's New Aster Smartphone
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    Vertu's New Aster Smartphone

    Calling it its "quintessentially English smartphone model," Ventu recently launched the Aster phone, with its 5.1-inch solid sapphire screen, an HD display and a titanium case. Running on Android 4.4. KitKat, the phone includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU, 64GB of internal memory and a 13-megapixel Hasselblad camera. Prices begin at $6,900.
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    Smartphones Draped in Soft Leather
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    Smartphones Draped in Soft Leather

    Using fine, supple leathers in a wide range of colors, the hand-crafted Aster smartphone also includes quad-band GSM, 3G and LTE 4G capabilities so it can be used by its owner in any country around the world without having to swap out SIM cards. Also included is a 2.1MP Skype-compliant front camera and Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound.
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    Rich Details Mark the Aster Phone
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    Rich Details Mark the Aster Phone

    Not only are Aster phones packed with quality components, but they also come with six months of Vertu's "Classic Concierge" services, which allow users to receive 24/7 personalized help from a team of lifestyle managers. Also included is six months' complimentary access to unlimited global WiFi at more than 13 million hotspots.
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    Vertu for Bentley
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    Vertu for Bentley

    Bentley automobile owners now have the perfect smartphone complement for their hand-built vehicles with the latest Vertu for Bentley phones. Starting at $16,500 and limited to 2,000 examples, the phones even deliver exclusive Bentley-themed content to their users and are swathed in the classic Bentley shade of Newmarket Tan calfskin leather.
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    The Sum of Its Parts
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    The Sum of Its Parts

    The Vertu for Bentley handset includes sound from Bang & Olufsen, high-quality Hasselblad cameras front and rear, wireless charging and a titanium back plate that opens to reveal the engraved signature of the craftsman who built the phone.
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    Beauty in Leather and Metal
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    Beauty in Leather and Metal

    The lovely craftsmanship in the Vertu for Bentley series is evident in this side view of the smartphone as the leather and fine metal components meld together in a fluid, luxurious design.
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    Bentley Phone Case Included
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    Bentley Phone Case Included

    A signature leather slipcase, embossed with the classic Bentley logo, is also included with each Vertu for Bentley smartphone. The case is stitched to match the stitching details on the phones and comes in the same tan calfskin.
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    Signature Touch Smartphones
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    Signature Touch Smartphones

    Vertu's Signature Touch smartphones start at $10,800 and climb to about $22,000, featuring a 4.7-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3GHz quad-core CPU, and a range of five colors and eight leather and metal combinations, giving owners wide customization capabilities.
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    Original Vertu Touch Phones
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    Original Vertu Touch Phones

    The Vertu phenomenon began with the company's original Vertu Signature luxury phones more than a decade ago. The Signature models are still available in more than 25 variants using stainless steel, zirconium and other materials, starting at $16,150.
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    High-Quality Construction
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    High-Quality Construction

    The Signature Zirconium handset includes unique detail, such as the melding of fine leathers with its metal chassis and fasteners.
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    Savelli Insane Collection
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    Savelli Insane Collection

    In Geneva, Switzerland, Savelli recently created the Emerald Insane smartphone, which includes 18-carat white gold, 900 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling about 12.5 carats and a heart on top that is created using 75 baguette-cut emeralds totaling about 4.5 carats. The ultra-limited edition phone is priced at $250,000.
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    Elegant Details and Finishes
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    Elegant Details and Finishes

    The Savelli Emerald Insane smartphones, which run on Android, include buttons and end caps made from black ceramic, Ultra-Bombé unscratchable sapphire screens and are assembled entirely by hand.
 

If you think that your fancy new iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 smartphone makes a spectacular fashion statement about you, think again. Today's popular smartphones, costing upward of $700 without a contract, don't hold a candle to the fancy, over-the-top lifestyle phones that are sold by a small number of luxury goods makers who build their phones with adornments such as ostrich skin coverings, titanium bodies, and diamond- or emerald-encrusted cases. Oh, and these luxury phones range in price from about $6,900 to some $250,000. You can buy a lot of iPhone 6 smartphones with that kind of cash. These super-premium smartphones come from makers such as England's Vertu and Switzerland's Savelli and make it almost certain that your decadent device won't be seen in every shop window or in every pocket or purse. These manufacturers and others spare no expense in designing and building their phones, each one almost a work of art, from luxurious leathers, fine minerals and exotic metals. Follow this slide show to see some of the intricate details and features of these phones.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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