if you are like me who have the impression of luxury phone having shabby specs deeply imprinted in your mind, then the new Vertu Aster might just erase that deep-rooted impression. no seriously. we are not joking. we have that impression for the longest time and though we obviously can’t afford one with the ridiculous income from this blog, the last that we seen, the Signature Touch just managed to almost impressed us. with the Aster, it looks quite promising for wealthy folks who demands the best on the inside as well. on spec-sheet, the luxury device kicks off with a 5.1-inch 117-carat sapphire crystal screen protecting a 4.7-inch 1080p display that packs a cool 473 ppi.
packed inside this sapphire and titanium package is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC with 2.3GHz quad-core processor (oddly, no mention of the RAM), 64GB internal storage, and a 2,275 mAh battery. as for imaging, it has a Hasselblad-certified 13MP main camera with sapphire crystal lens with anti-reflection coating, while the front is a 2.1MP item. lets see what else have we got there… it has Dolby Digital Plus virtual surround sound, output through specially tuned front stereo speakers and it also have the usual features expected of today’s smartphone like Bluetooth 4.0 technology, NFC, Qi wireless charging, and quad-band GSM, 3G and LTE 4G radios. each handset will be handmade and finished by a single craftsman like it always has and your device is totally customizable, also like it always do, with personalization like engraving or monograming, and of course, you get to dress with the exterior with a choice selection of exquisite materials.
so how much for such exquisite gadget? well, prices at ‘just’ £4,200 (US$6,680), available through stores in the UK from October 2nd, 2014. global markets will be seeing it shortly after. by virtue of a handset it is without doubt pricey, but do note that with the Aster, it will include six months complimentary Classic Concierge service “from a team of lifestyle managers available 24/7,” accessible via voice, email or Live Chat from anywhere in the world. additionally, Vertu LIFE will also offer your personalized selection of exclusive privileges and unrestricted access to elite events such as complimentary entry to the most exclusive Private Members’ Clubs, spas and gyms around the world, invitation-only events and closed-door shopping experiences.
and it is also a secured communication device too, well, kind of, which includes encrypted communications through voice calls, text and video, but only for 12 months. there is also a six-month service of unlimited access to secure WiFi around the world via 13 million secure WiFi hotspots available in 123 countries and finally, there is a 12-month mobile security package to keep your device free from virus, as well as provide anti-theft protection provided by Kaspersky.