Say hello to a brand new Android device from luxury phone maker, Vertu, called The Constellation. The Constellation, also known as the rumored Constellation V, is the company’s second take on making Android phones and it looks like this time round, Vertu has taken a new design approach to make its devices more appealing to the mass market. By removing all the usual shiny and expensive pieces on the exterior, including the ceramic pillow earpiece, Vertu hopes that its new “less is more” approach of a more neutral outlook will attract more buyers.
“It tested extremely well [in study groups] in China and Russia. In terms of design and appearance, it is being luxury but not too bling, too wild, too pushy, so I’m very happy and very confident.” – Vertu’s CEO Massimiliano Pogliani.
But don’t be deceived by its new plain outlook, the new Constellation, is designed with the largest piece of tough sapphire glass on a Vertu device. It also features a grade 5 titanium body wrapped around by the finest leather that has been “carefully selected for its exquisite feel and natural grain from one of Europe’s oldest tanneries”, and is available in a wide range of colors including dark brown, orange, black, light brown and cherry.
The new Constellation is a lot more affordable compared to the company’s first Android phone, the Ti, retailing at €4,900, about RM21,500. For comparison’s sake, the Vertu Ti starts at RM34,500. Unfortunately though, the new Constellation will not entitle buyers to the full Vertu Concierge service found on the Ti.
As for the specs, it has a 4.3” 720p display and beneath that is a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and an Adreno 320 MSM8260A Pro GPU. Other specs include Android 4.2, 13MP rear camera, 1.3MP front shooter, 1,800mAh battery, NFC, and 32GB of internal storage.