Four uber-expensive smartphones to compete with the $10,000 Vertu Ti
| by Nikhil Subramaniam
How much are you willing to spend on a phone? Vertu thinks about $10,000 should be enough to get you a phone running your father’s Ice Cream Sandwich. That’s about 9,900 dollars more than what I am willing to shell out for the Vertu Ti.
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The Chairman has a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, a Freescale i.MX processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a fingerprint reader for keeping your data secure, 32GB internal memory and HD video playback. Of course it ran Gingerbread at the time of its launch in 2010 and its actual price varies from $12,800 to $50,000 depending on what luxuriant materials wrap the Chairman 2’s body.
The smartphone comes with a 3.7-inch display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, 4GB of internal storage and a measly 1,400 mAh battery to support the device throughout the day. This one also runs Gingerbread leading us to believe luxury phone makers have somehow colluded and decided to only use outdated software. And you will have to break your Fixed Deposit to the tune of $2,750 to get one of these.
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The makers say, it was inspired by a Formula 1 car and features polycarbonate and titanium accents, a shockproof chassis made out of rubber, a customisable 3D-interface and predictably runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Other low-end specs on the $3,700 handset include a 1GHz processor and a 3.5-inch display with a WVGA 800 x 480 resolution.
It certainly makes for poor reading, but we figure these phones are more of status or style symbols rather than high-end gagdets. It will surely be interesting to see if Vertu or the likes ever release a phone that justifies the price tag, not only with the materials used, but also with the hardware inside the phone. Until then, we think you should hold on to your gold-plated iPhone 5.
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