That slightly odd looking device above is called the Constellation Ti, and it’s the first Android handset from luxury smartphone brand Vertu. It hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s already been appearing in benchmark tests and regulator databases in Singapore and Macau. Several pictures of the device — showing off all four variants — have also been published online by one Russian retailer.
The Constellation Ti is expected to get its unveiled at Mobile World Congress next month, and like all other Vertu handsets, it’s likely to cost tens of thousands of dollars.
For those unfamiliar with Vertu, it’s a brand that used to be owned by Nokia until the Finnish firm sold 90% of it to private equity firm EQT back June 2012. Its devices aren’t all that common — you’ve probably never seen one in the flesh — but that’s because they come with slightly ridiculous price tags that only appeal to the rich and famous.
Vertu handsets have previously sold for as much as $300,000, and have been known to offer sapphire keys, luxury leathers, and crystal displays. And the Constellation Ti will be no different. It will reportedly come in four flavors, including “Titanium Black PVD Black Leather,” “Titanium Black Alligator,” “Red Gold Mixed Metal,” and “Titanium Black Leather.”
Its specifications, however, aren’t anywhere near as impressive. According to GLBenchmark results, the device will offer an 800×480 display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8260A processor, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and a 1,250 mAh battery. You can also expect WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 connectivity, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.
While the Constellation Ti may cost more than your house, then, your Galaxy S III will make it look silly in a quick performance showdown.
According to a description of the device on the Bluetooth SIG’s product page, the “VERTU Ti possesses the classic Vertu design DNA and characteristics – strong, unique & distinctive. The design and craftsmanship positions VERTU Ti alongside other iconic products in the luxury market.”
The Constellation Ti is expected to get its grand unveiling at MWC next month, so we’ll bring you the official information as soon as we have it. In the meantime, you may want to consider selling everything you have — including your wife and kids — if you’re thinking about bagging one of these.