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Vertu Ti Android smartphone goes on sale for $10,500

02/12, 7:14am

Includes sapphire glass front, titanium shell, concierge button

Vertu, the luxury handset maker formerly owned by Nokia, has released it's first Android-powered handset. The Vertu Ti, leaked at the start of the month, will cost potential customers 7,900 euros ($10,500), despite the company's head of design claiming that "Vertu will never be at the bleeding edge of technology."

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First Vertu Android smartphone leaked early

02/01, 7:22am

Vertu Ti surfaces ahead of February 12 launch

Former Nokia-owned luxury handset maker Vertu has had its first Android-powered handset leaked early. Now British-owned, the company has also dropped the Symbian OS that previously powered Vertu handsets with the more ubiquitous Android OS. The leaked model is said to be called the Vertu Ti, which incredibly, is expected to retail for anywhere upwards of $4000 or more, despite modest specifications.

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Nokia may offload Vertu to equity group Permira for 200m

04/29, 10:00pm

Nokia eager to shed luxury badge

Nokia's plans to shed its Vertu brand have reportedly come closer after a leak [free reg. required]. Uncredited tips to the FT had one of Nokia's Finnish neighbors, private equity firm Permira, reportedly in talks to buy the luxury phone badge for about 200 million ($264.9 million). A competing equity group, EQT, had discussed the idea at one point but would have stalled.

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Nokia may drop Vertu luxury phones altogether

12/07, 10:30pm

Company said to be selling off Vertu division

Nokia is reportedly attempting to step away from the luxury market, which it had engaged for more than a decade through the Vertu brand. The Finnish phone maker is said to be seeking a buyer for the Vertu division, as the company continues to shift its corporate strategy to focus on smartphones and devices for budget-conscious consumers.

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Vertu catches up with touchscreen Constellation

10/21, 4:40pm

Vertu ships Constellation with AMOLED display

Luxury handset maker Vertu has just introduced its latest and most advanced smartphone with the Constellation. For one, it gets a modern AMOLED touchscreen sized at 3.5 inches and, as is typical of the brand, is coated in a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. On the rear, users will find black alligator skin.

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Nokia confirms exit from Japanese phone business

07/06, 4:35pm

Nokia to close last Vertu store in Japan in July

Nokia has confirmed earlier rumors that it would abandon the Japanese phone market, the AP reported on Wednesday. By the end of July, the company will close its last store selling ultra high-end Vertu-branded cell phones. The company operated four such stores in Japan.

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Nokia may quit Japan phone market in August

07/01, 3:35pm

Nokia said exiting Japan with Vertu departure

Nokia's last footprint in the Japanese phone market will disappear by the end of August, local media said Friday [sub. required]. The company had already stopped direct carrier deals for phones in 2008, but Nikkei now understood Nokia would exit entirely. The withdrawal would include closing the stores for its upscale Vertu badge in Tokyo's Ginza and Shibuya districts.

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Tag Heuer unveils leather-bound, upscale Link Android phone

06/28, 1:35pm

Tag Heuer outs ultra-luxury rugged Link phone

Tag Heuer is no stranger to making ultra-luxury handsets, and is now back with another mega-dollar offering. The Android-powered Link smartphone differs from other similar exclusive devices as it's more rugged. The maker says the device is impervious to water, shock, and dust, and has a 3.5-inch Gorilla Glass screen to guard against scratches.

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Vertu Constellation Quest bringing QWERTY to luxury phones

10/11, 6:15pm

Vertu teases Constellation Quest QWERTY phone

Vertu, maker of ultra expensive and exclusive handsets such as the $7,200 Ayxta, has just introduced its first-ever device with a hardware QWERTY keyboard. The Constellation Quest will have expensive design details such as what appear to be sapphire crystal-accented keys, white gold accents and a leather back panel.

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Vertu launches ultra expensive Constellation Ayxta phone

09/25, 1:20pm

Vertu outs $7,000 Ayxta handset

Maker of ultra exclusive handsets, Vertu, has recently added a new handset model to its Constellation lineup, the Ayxta. The flip phone features Vertu's Concierge service, with a shortcut button that connects users to an agent who will assist callers with any requests or questions they have. There is also Vertu Select, or an online service that provides travelers with "lifestyle information," which includes a listing of the trendiest bars, restaurants, exhibitions, shopping, clubs and more in a given city, anywhere in the world.

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LG prepping Black Label iPhone challenger, more

07/02, 11:10am

LG Black Label vs iPhone

LG is developing a new designer phone that would specifically target the iPhone, the company's wireless chief Ahn Seung-kwon told Korea's Yonhap today. Only providing a teaser, he says the future device would ship in the fall and come within Black Label series that has so far been reserved for LG's best non-smartphones, such as the Arena and Viewty.

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Motorola Calgary first to use Android?

04/29, 10:55am

Moto Calgary using Android

Motorola's upcoming Calgary touchscreen phone will be the first phone from the company to use Google's Android interface, a historically reliable source says. The BGR tipster provides few details of what the phone would involve but appears to sync with Motorola's own statements that it plans to focus on social networking, as the Calgary will have a slide-out QWERTY keyboard in addition to its full touch input. The handset is expected to show on Verizon, but it's unknown if it would be ready in spring as rumored or else pushed back to later in the year.

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