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Nokia’s Former Luxury Division Switches to Android, Releases $10,000 Phone With Mediocre Specs


A couple of times every year, we get a manufacturer that takes an old version of Android and shoehorns it into a device compiled of the fanciest materials, made for people with the highest of tastes and the deepest of pockets. Continuing on the tradition is Vertu, who has released the new $10,000 Ti line of Android devices. Vertu was the luxury division of Nokia until recently, when it was sold off and now has defected to Android. 

The Ti runs Android 4.0 and comes packing a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Certainly not this year’s specs, but Vertu hopes that the hand-made phone, made out of grade 5 Titanium and having a sapphire crystal screen, will convince you to open your wallets nonetheless. If you have a lot of money to burn and the need to compensate for something, check out their website.

Via: BGR

  • Grumpy Cat says NO!!!

  • I really don’t understand the business of these so called luxury phones? Shouldn’t a $10,000 phone comes with the most cutting edge spec, like using some kind of display tech that has such a low yield that no other manufacturers would use, or use battery tech that lasts super long times but couldn’t be mass produced?

  • niuguy

    Looks like it was designed by Verizon’s marketing team.

    • michael arazan

      Probably made for the Verizon execs saving tons of cash by not making updates. Oh wait, Verizon executives are idiots and probably use iphones.

  • Well, if you are dumb enough to pay $10K for a cell phone, you are probably dumb enough not to know the internals are crap compared to its $600-700 counterparts. I’m just sayin’…

    • wh1te_mag1c

      If someone’s paying $10k for a phone, they’re probably not concerned with what it can actually do (or its specs).

  • a) youth.in.asia

    They are the same people behind “most expensive app” in the app store and play store

  • dollabill

    Nice just in time for my upgrade. Would hate to lose unlimited though, bill would be to expensive…..;)

  • Bigwavedave25

    Wait, I thought the head Nokia guy despised Android [and its fragmentation]? Sticking with it for the fancy stuff though…

  • Raven

    Yes, this phone is rather ugly and antiquated, but I do love that it is made out of Titanium. I rather have a thing for Ti and currently own several Ti watches, rings, and bracelets. I would certainly love to add a well made and decently priced Android device to that collection.

  • yep

    honestly, even it were $350 I’d still take the Nexus 4 over this

  • paul_cus

    Nice to see Vertu hasn’t changed their model of ugly overpriced phones.

  • Ibrick


    If it’s popular with the devs.

  • thecharrr

    My current phone has even worse specs and it runs fine.


    The specs are too vague to say if they’re mediocre. Nevertheless, it’s an ugly phone that costs entirely too much.

  • Kenny Larson

    Dumb. But then again they probably say it’s about the “experience” and to say that you can. Well excuuuuusssee me for my unrefined tastes.

  • Colin Lewis

    I just don’t get it, why do they release these handcrafted phones with old versions of android? is it to hard to put 4.1 on there? I just don’t get it.

    • 4n1m4L

      Half of the allure of the iP**ne is that its built somewhat like jewelry. I agree that more people would like it if the open source software was the latest rev. But these phone Kellex speaks of are mostly for the physical

  • J Davis

    Suggestion.. Get a note 2. You will save a few bucks and the size alone will help you compensate for something…

  • R