For those unfamiliar with the name Vertu, they are a British manufacturer of luxury, handmade mobile phones established in 1998 by the Finnish manufacturer of Nokia. They were subsequently sold to a private equity group but Nokia retained a 10% share in Vertu. Late last year, Vertu’s ownership was transferred to a Hong Kong-based consortium called Godin Holdings. However, Vertu continues to manufacture its devices in England. The last time Vertu released a new device was back in January of this year when the company released a smartphone in partnership with luxury car manufacturer Bentley. Well, after months of inactivity, Vertu is back with a new smartphone, the Vertu Aster Chevron, a luxury smartphone of course.
As for the specs of Vertu’s latest offering, the Aster Chevron comes with a 4.7-inch Full HD display which is protected by sapphire crystal glass. Under the hood, the device packs the rather old Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz backed by 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. As for optics, the Aster Chevron sports a 13MP rear camera that is assisted by dual LED flash while the front sports a 2.1MP camera. What’s interesting about the 13MP camera sensor on the back of the device is that it carries the Hasselblad branding. The device comes with a rather small 2275mAh battery that supports Qi wireless charging and also features stereo speakers. On the software side of things, the smartphone comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. For connectivity options, the Aster Chevron supports 4G-LTE, NFC and other usual connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, the device does not support US LTE networks.
The Aster Chevron is covered in a “highly resilient Italian fabric” and it is complemented with satin-finished Grade 5 Titanium sides which will make this device extremely durable. The device will be available in three colors, namely Black, Blue and Pink. As for the price tag, the device will cost you $4,200 which is cheaper than the previous Aster models but still very expensive for regular smartphone users. If you don’t mind the relatively old Snapdragon 801 processor, the premium design and the really high price tag of the latest Aster Chevron, you can pick order one from Vertu’s website.