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Vertu Constellation: A $6,000 phone for the filthy rich (pictures)

With its leather, titanium, and sapphire body, the Vertu Constellation is a phone for the world's wealthiest.

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Andrew Lanxon

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The Vertu Constellation is an Android phone made from leather and titanium, and comes with a ridiculous $5,950 price tag.
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That leather is hand-selected from one of Europe's oldest tanneries.
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That's a 13-megapixel camera on the back.
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The 3.5mm headphone jack and Micro-USB port are pretty standard.
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The leather feels great and is held in place by small screws. I think it looks brilliant.
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The buttons are small but easy to press in an emergency.
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It's not the skinniest phone around by any means, but it'll sit comfortably in the pocket of your hand-cut suit jacket.
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The leather wraps around the bottom of the phone, too.
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It's available in red, light brown, dark brown, orange, and black. Try and get one to match the interior of your car.
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Time will tell how well that leather stands up to knocks and scuffs.
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There are speakers tucked into this metal plate.
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That little red button gives quick access to Vertu's included security services.
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The Constellation only uses a dual-core processor and the screen is 720p -- hardly top-end specs to match the price.
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It's running on Android 4.2.2, which isn't bang up-to-date, either.
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Vertu has given Android a few tweaks to try and help justify that price tag.
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Operation is the same as it is on any Android phone, though.
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There are some Vertu apps onboard, including a curated guide to luxury nearby locations.
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One of the security features is the ability to send out a silent alarm.
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It also has various data encryption services to keep all those corporate secrets safe.

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