Vertu Ti: The $10K Smartphone for Tech Snobs

Vertu, a company founded by Nokia, but now owned by EQT VI, is famous for manufacturing steeply priced, under performing smartphones. Read on to find out if Vertu Ti, their latest device, also fits this description.When Nokia founded Vertu, they came up with a very pathetic argument. Basically, what they said is that if some people can afford spending tens of thousands of dollars on wristwatches, then why not do the same with smartphones? The only difference between those watches and Vertu’s phones being that the former are really worth it, since they are built from extraordinary materials and they employ an exquisite precision. The latter packed mediocre features and some bling-bling in the form of precious metal cases and the like.


I’ll be frank with you. Vertu Ti is not the exception you’ve been waiting for! This particular phone will be available in several versions, the cheapest one starting at $9,600. In most countries, that’s the price of a rather recent second-hand car, but if some people want to spend that kind of money on a smartphone, I guess they’re free to do it.

Vertu Ti is powered by a dual-core 1.7 Ghz CPU (most flagships feature quad-cores under their hoods nowadays), 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera and NFC-support. The 3.7-inch sapphire crystal screen, one of the most expensive parts of this phone, is said to be 4 times sturdier than the average smartphone’s screen. On the other hand, average smartphones don’t come with Gorilla Glass displays, so I’d like to learn how Vertu Ti’s screen compares to that. The people at Vertu must have been sleeping in the past two years, as those specs scream 2011.

As mentioned before, the Vertu Ti comes in several versions, and they’re priced as follows: Titanium Black Leather costs $9,600, Titanium Pure Black is available for $11,500, Titanium Black Alligator is $12,800, and Black PVD Titanium Red Gold Mixed Metals costs $19,900. As much as I despise iPhones, I would encourage people to buy Apple’s devices rather than these.

The bottom line is as follows: you don’t know what to do with your money and you want to buy a ridiculous device whose price couldn’t be justified in a million years? Get a Vertu Ti! It might come handy if you want to drive nails and you don’t have a hammer! Or maybe the signature of the craftsman found on the back of the titanium cover makes this so valuable. The 184 parts handcrafted in England are certainly not the cause of this.

If you liked this post, please check the Vertu Ascent Ti Ferrari Collection and H1, the hydromechanical wristwatch by HYT.