6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Vertu Signature Touch is hand-made from titanium, sapphire and various real leathers

About Video Transcript

First Look: Vertu Signature Touch is hand-made from titanium, sapphire and various real leathers

2:20 /

Vertu's phone encrypts your calls, comes with a concierge service, is packed full of the best tech around and gets you into the most exclusive clubs.

[MUSIC] This is the Vertu Signature Touch. It's an Android phone that looks unlike any other, and also comes with a price tag unlike any other. This phone starts at 6,750 pounds, or at around $11,350. There's no denying that's a shocking price tag, but you do get a hell of a lot of phone for your money. Let's start with the design. Forget about the plastic Galaxy S5. This thing has a body made from titanium. It's wrapped in leather, although you can also have it wrapped in alligator or lizard skin if you want to spend even more money, and the screen is covered in 118 carat sapphire glass. Can your phone screen be measured in carats? No, it cannot. It certainly has a striking aesthetic. It's an aggressive, complex design that certainly won't be to everyone's tastes. Particularly, if you're more fond of the minimalism of the iPhone. It feels great to hold, though. And is at the very least, eye-catching. The speakers are provided by high end audio specialist Bang & Olufsen, while the camera has been certified by Hasselblad, makers of some of the best cameras in the world. You may have noticed the red button on the side. That's not just there for show. Pressing it will put you in immediate contact with Vertu's concierge service, who will do basically anything you ask, whether it's arranging a chauffeur to the airport, or more likely, flying a fleet of private jets. The phone is also able to encrypt your calls and texts. So prying eyes and ears can't spy on whatever shady deals have made you rich enough to buy the phone in the first place. Inside the phone is, of course, running the latest Android Kitkat software, it's powered by a supercharged quad core processor, and it has a full HD display. Now I'm not going to say whether a phone that costs about 13 times the price of a Galaxy S5 is a good buy or not. That really depends on how much you value hand-crafted hyper-luxurious design, exclusive services, and knowing that your phone costs more than most people's cars. If nothing else, I'd recommend looking at one yourself, for curiosity's sake, at one of 13 boutiques in Beverly Hills, Bond Street in London, or in Moscow. But I would suggest putting a shirt on, if you want any chance of being allowed through the door. I'm Andrew Hoyle for CNET, and this is the Vertu Signature Touch. [MUSIC]

New releases

The real reason you should buy an e-book reader
1:20 April 2, 2015
CNET's own Luke Westaway reveals why he loves his Kindle more than his headphones, his games console -- and even his smartphone.
Play video
We found this old episode of the show in an archive (Tomorrow Daily 154)
21:01 April 1, 2015
Deep in our basement here at CNET, we discovered a dusty VHS copy of one of the earliest episodes of the show, where we talk about...
Play video
2016 Scion iM: even automakers get hand-me-downs
1:15 April 1, 2015
The teenaged Scion brand inherits a small wagon from its parent company Toyota's global lineup.
Play video
2016 Scion iA: Built by Mazda, branded by Scion
1:23 April 1, 2015
Scion's first ever sedan has a sporty secret. It's actually a Mazda2.
Play video
Jaguar's 2016 XF gets a much needed update
1:29 April 1, 2015
Just when the current XF was starting to feel outdated, the Jag gets a high-tech redesign
Play video
What's free on Xbox and PlayStation: April 2015
2:27 April 1, 2015
Check out the free games of April 2015 available on PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live's Games with Gold services.
Play video
Whirlpool's Gold Series gas oven looks great but cooks slowly
2:04 April 1, 2015
Priced at a premium $1,749 the Whirlpool WEG730H0DS Gold Series gas range has expensive looks, is crafted from sturdy stainless steel,...
Play video
Lincoln Continental Concept shows the future of American Luxury in New York
1:47 April 1, 2015
Lincoln's new Continental Concept is looking lovely on the show floor of the New York International Auto Show. Let's take a closer...
Play video