Luxury mobile phone-maker Vertu has teamed up with motoring counterpart Bentley to create a handset that costs the same as a small hatchback car. But what do you get for your money? Lets find out…
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Luxury mobile phone manufacturer Vertu has revealed its latest glittering slab of overt decadence, and this one comes adorned with the prestigious wings of extravagant automobile maker Bentley - and a price tag of around £10,000.
…yeah. We'll let that sink in for a sec.
For the price of a small - non-Bentley - car, the Vertu for Bentley gives you lavish titanium casing with quilted calf leather trim crafted by one of "Europe's finest tanneries using traditional methods". But of course.
The titanium back plate is evocative of Bentley's instrument panel, and as well as the car manufacturer's logo glistening on the front, it's also loaded with exclusive Bentley apps - even the screws are modelled on the air vents in Bentley cars.
On the back is a 13 megapixel (MP) camera, which has been certified by renowned camera manufacturer Hasselblad, and the phone's sound quality has been tuned by experts at high-end sound system company Bang & Olufsen.
That means music should sound exquisite when played on the Vertu for Bentley - something you'll likely appreciate should you splash the cash on one, since all the ring and alert tones have been created by famous composers and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Of course, you also get Vertu's 24-hour concierge service, which gives you access to a personal 'lifestyle manager', access to private clubs, exclusive access to fashion and cultural events and more.
When it comes to raw specs, the Vertu for Bentley is decent - as it damn well should be. It sports a 4.7in full HD screen protected by sapphire crystal, making it extremely damage-resistant. It also has a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 64GB of internal storage, and a 2.1MP front-facing camera for the world's most opulent selfies.
And now the bad news - only 2,000 of them are being made, so if you want one, you'd better move quickly. Because, yes, the new Vertu may be the priciest smartphone we've ever seen, but look at it like this - it's probably the cheapest way to get a Bentley.