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Here's the Vertu New Signature Touch. It's not a phone for the likes of me and you.

This 5.2-inch Android is wrapped in leather, titanium and solid sapphire, it comes with a concierge service that puts an assistant at your beck and call and it has a price tag that starts at £6,500 (which converts to about $10,000 and AU$14,100).

This luxury mobile goes on sale globally from mid-October.

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With its angular front made from aggressive-looking titanium, it's hardly a subtle design.

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It's far removed from the "less is more" approach to design taken by most smartphone manufacturers.

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A range of leathers are available for your phone -- and they come from a range of animals. If you don't want this black calf leather, you can opt for lizard or even alligator skin to adorn your phone.

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These gullwing doors on the back hide the microSD and SIM card slots and are reminiscent of the doors you'll find on certain luxury cars.

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It's certainly a lot cooler than poking a SIM card removal tool into a little hole.

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On the underside of the doors you'll find the signature of the engineer who hand-built the phone.

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Inside, it's running Android 5.1 Lollipop software and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with 4GB of RAM.

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On the back is a 21-megapixel camera that can shoot video in 4K.

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It's not a phone you should hide inside a case.

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The leather wraps around the bottom edge to meet the screen at the front.

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Just twist this little key to release the doors on the back.

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Vertu boasts that the phone is handmade in England to extremely high standards. I should hope so too, given the price.

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