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The Vertu Constellation: a $6,000 Android phoneThe Vertu Constellation matches leather, titanium and sapphire glass with a sky high price tag.
Have you recently struck oil or just won big bucks on lottery. If so, then I have the phone for you. It's The Vertu of Constellation, an Android phone with a very impressive 4,000-pound price tag. The reason for that sky high price is almost entirely down to its design. On the back is real calf leather and that's not plastic painted to look like metal around the edge, that's titanium, one of the hardest and lightest metals in the world. Couple that with a sapphire screen and the fact that each one is handmade in Hampshire in Merry Old England and it's perhaps not surprising that the Constellation costs more than your average Samsung phone. That money certainly hasn't been lavished on its internal specifications. Inside is a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and is running the older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software. The 4.3-inch display has a 720p resolution and there's no 4G. Those numbers might not get the hardcore techno touch in the color but the Russian oligarchs probably on going to care. It is at least packing a 13-megapixel camera, putting it more in line with phones like the Galaxy S4. It's due to hit the UK in the next few days and the U.S. within a few weeks. U.S. price is about $6,300. Make sure to keep at CNET for all the latest news, I'm Andrew Hoyle and this is The Vertu Constellation.