Vertu Signature Touch luxury smartphone review

You could already read the first look at this device, the review updated the impressions of a month of using the device, added examples of videos and pictures from it, talked about the operating time and other little things.

Positioning

The transition to Android for Vertu was somewhat painful, the first Vertu Ti model had to be launched in a series in a very short time, which could not but affect many minor flaws, an outdated version of Android and technical characteristics of the product. In 2013, already in Constellation, the company tried to make up for lost time, but the backlog from the market still remained - from the market of mass devices and flagships. Bridging this gap has been a key challenge for Vertu - DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream for the first time in Signature Touch, we can say that this issue has been partially resolved. In fact, we have before us a replacement for Vertu Ti, which was a male device, its design clearly showed this.

Currently, Vertu's lineup is divided into three lines - Signature (classic push-button devices), Signature Touch (touch models), and Constellation (also touch devices on Android). In the next few years, the emergence of new models outside of these lines, although possible, is unlikely. We are accustomed to Vertu showing one device in each line during the year, so we can expect the updated Constellation 2014/2015 to appear in the fall, while the Signature Touch will be updated only in the summer of 2015. Considering that these are luxury devices, you should not expect a variety of models - it is not needed here. For example, Vertu Ti does not disappear from the market at all, it will be sold as long as there is demand, but it is present, although it cannot be called crazy.

It is curious that in modern Vertu there is a clear gender division. Constellation is a women's model, although it suits men to some extent and in some colors, but with a number of reservations. Model Ti with exactly the same reservations could be used by women, although it is male. The released Signature Touch is unequivocally masculine, they even talk about it in the official press release of Vertu - that is, a clear pair for Constellation. This machine is for him, and the Constellation is for her. It is possible that due to this positioning, the price of this model starts from 7,900 euros and goes up to 16,500 euros. We saw about the same for Ti, the price level is identical.

It's interesting how Vertu was able to give their brand extra shine without getting involved in dubious enterprises. In the world of luxury, the Vertu brand already has a status, and therefore, by definition, no other brands can be on the phone case. The Vertu brand will give any other brand a weight that is not needed at all. But there is also a task to strengthen our own brand, there are many ways to do this, one of which is cooperation with other strong brands in the field of technology.

Several stories have been created especially for the Vertu Signature Touch. The first is cooperation with Bang & Olufsen in the field of sound, that is, for consumers of devices from Vertu, B&O sound is not far at all, it is associated with high-quality sound. Let me remind you that many premium cars are equipped with acoustics from B&O, which makes the use of this brand for Vertu very interesting.

The second story is actually brilliant - the Signature Touch has a Hasselblad-certified camera. This professional camera manufacturer is known for having a camera on the moon, many of the "affordable" models are expensive conversions of Sony's stock cameras, and full-frame cameras are very, very expensive and are used in professional studio shooting. That is, the brand is perceived as a kind of luxury in photography.

When I say a camera is Hasselblad certified, that's exactly what it is. This is not a camera created by Hasselblad, but rather a virtual certificate. That is, in fact, a direct hit on the audience, which will know that they have in their hands the only camera phone from Hasselblad, although, in fact, such a statement would be incorrect. Technically, the same matrix from Sony, which we saw in the Constellation, stands here.

Vertu Signature Touch

The story behind the Signature Touch model for the target audience will play its part. These are understandable premium brands that have become an integral part of Vertu's offer. As a cherry, we can say that the Concierge service is returning along with Signature Touch, and with a personal, dedicated manager. Only one person will work with you. To the full extent, this is a luxury offer that has no analogues. Also for the first time, Vertu comes out on the latest version of Android, has good technical characteristics, which makes this device quite applicable in everyday life. The model turned out to be iconic to some extent, although in terms of design it is very close to the Constellation, since it is difficult to come up with something new around the big screen.

At the moment, we can say that the Signature Touch is one of the most interesting offers on the luxury handset market, and it will also become the most widespread. There are all the prerequisites for this, although it is not necessary to talk about the prevalence and wide availability of devices in this price group. This is not a product that is sold in tens of thousands, but not piece sales, although the craftsmen create each device by hand.

It is curious that when using this model, I came across puzzled looks from people who no longer recognized Vertu. The brand has lost its popularity, new models do not receive much advertising support, as a result, the target audience does not identify them at first sight. And these are people who already had previous models from Vertu, which makes the situation even more ridiculous. Here you can interpret this observation in two ways - on the one hand, this is a fat minus for those who are looking for a luxury solution, the price of which is known to others, with the new Signature Touch it will just be an awareness of an expensive device. On the other hand, there is a huge room for improvement and development for the company. In any case, there is simply no direct alternative to this device, it outperforms any device both in terms of materials and the charge of the image component.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the changed quality of the leather - it has become smoother, somewhat tougher than in Constellation - it turned out that the German manufacture was replaced by the Italian one. Leather is more expensive, but more practical, it does not rub off as much as on the Constellation, there are practically no traces of hands. My impression is that leather inserts are more appropriate and practical in the Signature Touch. Another thing is that at first acquaintance, the soft dressing of the skin on the Constellation will make a greater impression, but it is less practical. For several weeks of using the phone, when it was lying on the dashboard of the car, was with coins and keys, no scratches appeared on the skin. Moreover, in the dark version, even spilled liquids or rain did not affect its quality in any way, exactly the same as on the first day. No wonder they changed the supplier, the new one turned out to be an order of magnitude more practical.

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Here's what the press release says about color availability: "Signature Touch is available in five colors and eight finishes: Jet Leather (black calfskin), Claret Leather (burgundy calfskin), Sea Spray Lizard (lizard skin) sea ​​green), Damson Lizard (plum lizard skin) and Pure Navy Lizard (navy blue lizard skin). Cases in three different styles will also be available.”

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The size of the phone is 145x69x10.65 mm, the weight is 192 grams. In the hand lies well, there are no problems. In size, it is quite consistent with the Constellation, that is, they are almost identical (although it weighs 179 grams, but you don’t feel this difference).

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Let's dwell on the case materials for a bit. The main material is titanium (Grade5), which was the same on previous models. Sapphire crystal covers the screen, there is a ruby ​​button, ceramic inserts - in a word, everything is as usual with Vertu.

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On the left side is a paired volume rocker, right there is a 3.5 mm jack for headphones or a headset. On the right side there is a dedicated key for launching applications from Vertu, as well as an on/off button. I really liked that they abandoned the SIM card slot in the retractable tray, there is a hinged cover on the back surface, under it there is a microSIM card slot (an adapter for nanoSIM is included). To change the SIM-card, you do not have to make any effort, everything is very easy and simple.

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MicroUSB connector on the end, which is quite convenient. Of the unusual things, it is worth noting the built-in Qi standard wireless charging, it will be possible to purchase such a desktop charger separately.

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There are no complaints about the build quality of the model, everything is at the Vertu level - that is, excellent. There is a front camera with a resolution of 2.1 megapixels, as well as a light sensor. There are no mechanical keys under the screen.

Display

Vertu is proud to be the first device to feature a 4.7-inch Full HD screen with a density of 473 dpi. This is a pretty good matrix, it displays colors with high quality, has a margin of brightness, in the sun the screen, just like in the Constellation, fades and becomes less readable. In general, we can say that this device is quite comfortable for everyday use, but you should not expect it to surpass the 5-inch flagships from other manufacturers. Above average, but by no means the best matrix possible.

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Battery

The phone has a 2275 mAh lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh in the Constellation). According to the manufacturer, it can work up to 15 hours of talk time (3G), up to 380 hours of standby time. The total charging time of the device is about 2.5 hours

It's a pity, but the operating time becomes a weak point for the device, it works 6-8 hours with active use, which is typical for models on the same chipset that were released about a year and a half ago. Weak software optimization, rather high heating during operation and inefficient heat dissipation - all together creates the prerequisites for charging the device twice a day. With a minimum number of conversations with a total duration of up to 20 minutes, and the absence of other activities, the phone can survive until the evening. But this is an almost unbelievable scenario for its use, rather people will talk, and actively, which means constantly charging it. Considering that the case is non-separable, and the number of charge / discharge cycles is limited, we can assume that after 3-4 months the device's operating time will be reduced by another 10-15 percent. Which makes the overall picture even sadder. From the point of view of operating time, this device completely loses to mass models, and this is a very serious minus. I don't know what to add here.

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Камера

Модуль камеры точно такой же, как в Constellation, – 13-мегапиксельная камера от Sony (Exmor), но есть сертификация от Hasselblad. Технически это ничего не дает, считайте это маркетинговым ходом. С качеством фото и видео вы можете ознакомиться ниже – оно уступает флагманам других компаний, но в целом, чуть выше среднего.

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Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is a quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz. RAM 2 GB. Built-in memory 64 GB. The lack of memory cards can be considered a minus, on the other hand, this is a standard approach for this segment.

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The performance of this solution is excellent, there are no complaints. The interface is fast and responsive. In terms of being able to run any application, you won't experience any problems.

Communications

Vertu is very proud that the device has ten LTE antennas and will be able to work anywhere in the world (China with its 4G variant is an exception). Here is a list of communication options for this device:

  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA Bands I, II, IV, V, VIII
  • LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,17,20 & 25
  • DC-HSPA+ Release 10, Cat28, 84Mbps upload to device, Cat6 5.76Mbps upload to network
  • LTE FDD Cat4,150Mbps upload to device, 50Mbps upload to network
  • Dual-band WLAN 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac including WAPI for PRC
  • MicroAB USB system connector with USB On-The-Go support
  • 3.5mm audio output. (no OMTP support)
  • Bluetooth® v4.0 + LE
  • CSR aptX® high quality encoded audio support
  • NFC with embedded security support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (tethering mode and portable hotspot mode)

Software Features - Android 4.4

This handset is the first in the Vertu range to run the latest and greatest version of Android. Vertu decided not to be smart and write its own shell - the device has a number of screensavers in the corporate style, wallpapers, as well as melodies created by the London Symphony Orchestra. In my opinion, the sound of Vertu has become the hallmark of this brand, the melody is easy to recognize anywhere, and when someone puts it in MP3 version on a regular phone, it is also easily distinguishable. Beautiful melodies that fascinate, and a lot can be forgiven for this phone.

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Иконки меню также переработаны, но все приложения стандартные, они не изменены каким-то образом. Из фирменных приложений можно отметить подписку для покупателей телефона на ряд сервисов или программ. Так, вы получаете годовую версию антивируса Касперского для мобильных телефонов.

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In the Certainty section, which is launched by the ruby ​​\u200b\u200bkey, you can find an offer from PSG - wanted people, protection, and so on. The same company provided a number of services for the phone, in particular, its search or an alarm button. Apparently, in exchange for advertising, which is a lot for the company here, which looks unusual and somewhat annoying.

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From the pleasant little things - a subscription to Global Wi-Fi, this service allows you to use the Internet access around the world for free. There is an annual subscription to Silent Circle, a conversation encryption program that will not protect against intelligence agencies, but it may well protect against competitors.

Vertu Signature Touch

In the Life section, you can find exclusive offers - concerts, sports, exhibitions - all this takes place around the world, and prices are indicated in pounds, as these offers are prepared by the same British company that supports the Concierge service. Prices, to put it mildly, are high, besides, for a number of Vienna events they are higher than the same price in Vienna (it so happened that I was able to check this in practice, not yet suspecting that such an offer is in this device).

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Vertu Support is a standard application that will help you solve all problems with your phone.

The music player supports Dolby Plus technology, which is also a plus for the device, although there is no exclusivity here, many other devices can boast of similar technologies.

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Vertu Signature Touch luxury smartphone review

You could already read the first look at this device, the review updated the impressions of a month of using the device, added examples of videos and pictures from it, talked about the operating time and other little things.

Positioning

The transition to Android for Vertu was somewhat painful, the first Vertu Ti model had to be launched in a series in a very short time, which could not but affect many minor flaws, an outdated version of Android and technical characteristics of the product.In 2013, already in Constellation, the company tried to catch up, but the backlog from the market still remained - from the market of mass devices and flagships. Bridging this gap has been a key challenge for Vertu - DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream for the first time in Signature Touch, we can say that this issue has been partially resolved. In fact, we have before us a replacement for Vertu Ti, which was a male device, its design clearly showed this.

Currently, Vertu's lineup is divided into three lines - Signature (classic push-button devices), Signature Touch (touch models), and Constellation (also touch devices on Android). In the next few years, the emergence of new models outside of these lines, although possible, is unlikely. We are accustomed to Vertu showing one device in each line during the year, so we can expect the updated Constellation 2014/2015 to appear in the fall, while the Signature Touch will be updated only in the summer of 2015. Considering that these are luxury devices, you should not expect a variety of models - it is not needed here. For example, Vertu Ti does not disappear from the market at all, it will be sold as long as there is demand, but it is present, although it cannot be called crazy.

It is curious that in modern Vertu there is a clear gender division. Constellation is a women's model, although it suits men to some extent and in some colors, but with a number of reservations. Model Ti with exactly the same reservations could be used by women, although it is male. The released Signature Touch is unequivocally masculine, they even talk about it in the official press release of Vertu - that is, a clear pair for Constellation. This machine is for him, and the Constellation is for her. It is possible that due to this positioning, the price of this model starts from 7,900 euros and goes up to 16,500 euros. We saw about the same for Ti, the price level is identical.

It's interesting how Vertu was able to give their brand extra shine without getting involved in dubious enterprises. In the world of luxury, the Vertu brand already has a status, and therefore, by definition, no other brands can be on the phone case. The Vertu brand will give any other brand a weight that is not needed at all. But there is also a task to strengthen our own brand, there are many ways to do this, one of which is cooperation with other strong brands in the field of technology.

Several stories have been created especially for the Vertu Signature Touch. The first is cooperation with Bang & Olufsen in the field of sound, that is, for consumers of devices from Vertu, B&O sound is not far at all, it is associated with high-quality sound. Let me remind you that many premium cars are equipped with acoustics from B&O, which makes the use of this brand for Vertu very interesting.

The second story is actually brilliant - the Signature Touch has a Hasselblad-certified camera. This professional camera manufacturer is known for having a camera on the moon, many of the "affordable" models are expensive conversions of Sony's stock cameras, and full-frame cameras are very, very expensive and are used in professional studio shooting. That is, the brand is perceived as a kind of luxury in photography.

When I say that a camera is Hasselblad certified, that's exactly what it is. This is not a camera created by Hasselblad, but rather a virtual certificate. That is, in fact, a direct hit on the audience, which will know that they are holding the only camera phone from Hasselblad, although, in fact, such a statement would be incorrect. Technically, the same matrix from Sony, which we saw in the Constellation, stands here.

Vertu Signature Touch

The story behind the Signature Touch model for the target audience will play its part. These are understandable premium brands that have become an integral part of Vertu's offer. As a cherry, we can say that the Concierge service is returning along with Signature Touch, and with a personal, dedicated manager. Only one person will work with you. To the fullest extent, this is a luxury offer that has no analogues. Also for the first time, Vertu comes out on the latest version of Android, has good technical characteristics, which makes this device quite applicable in everyday life. The model turned out to be iconic to some extent, although in terms of design it is very close to the Constellation, since it is difficult to come up with something new around the big screen.

At the moment, we can say that the Signature Touch is one of the most interesting offers on the luxury handset market, and it will also become the most widespread. There are all the prerequisites for this, although it is not necessary to talk about the prevalence and wide availability of devices in this price group. This is not a product that is sold in tens of thousands, but not piece sales, although the craftsmen create each device by hand.

It is curious that when using this model, I came across puzzled looks from people who no longer recognized Vertu. The brand has lost its popularity, new models do not receive much advertising support, as a result, the target audience does not identify them at first sight. And these are people who already had previous models from Vertu, which makes the situation even more ridiculous. Here you can interpret this observation in two ways - on the one hand, this is a fat minus for those who are looking for a luxury solution, the price of which is known to others, with the new Signature Touch it will just be an awareness of an expensive device. On the other hand, there is a huge room for improvement and development for the company. In any case, there is simply no direct alternative to this device, it outperforms any device both in terms of materials and the charge of the image component.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the changed quality of the leather - it has become smoother, somewhat tougher than in Constellation - it turned out that the German manufacture was replaced by the Italian one. Leather is more expensive, but more practical, it does not rub off as much as on the Constellation, there are practically no traces of hands. My impression is that leather inserts are more appropriate and practical in the Signature Touch. Another thing is that at first acquaintance, the soft dressing of the skin on the Constellation will make a greater impression, but it is less practical. For several weeks of using the phone, when it was lying on the dashboard of the car, was with coins and keys, no scratches appeared on the skin. Moreover, in the dark version, even spilled liquids or rain did not affect its quality in any way, exactly the same as on the first day. No wonder they changed the supplier, the new one turned out to be an order of magnitude more practical.

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Here's what the press release says about color availability: "Signature Touch is available in five colors and eight finishes: Jet Leather (black calfskin), Claret Leather (burgundy calfskin), Sea Spray Lizard (lizard skin) navy blue), Damson Lizard (plum lizard skin), and Pure Navy Lizard (navy blue lizard skin). Cases in three different styles will also be available.”

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The size of the phone is 145x69x10.65 mm, the weight is 192 grams. In the hand lies well, there are no problems. In size, it is quite consistent with the Constellation, that is, they are almost identical (although it weighs 179 grams, but you don’t feel this difference).

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Let's dwell on the case materials for a bit. The main material is titanium (Grade5), which was the same on previous models. Sapphire crystal covers the screen, there is a ruby ​​button, ceramic inserts - in a word, everything is as usual with Vertu.

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On the left side is a paired volume rocker, right there is a 3.5 mm jack for headphones or a headset. On the right side there is a dedicated key for launching applications from Vertu, as well as an on/off button. I really liked that they abandoned the SIM card slot in the retractable tray, there is a hinged cover on the back surface, under it there is a microSIM card slot (an adapter for nanoSIM is included). To change the SIM-card, you do not have to make any effort, everything is very easy and simple.

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The microUSB connector is on the end, which is quite convenient. Of the unusual things, it is worth noting the built-in Qi standard wireless charging, it will be possible to purchase such a desktop charger separately.

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There are no complaints about the build quality of the model, everything is at the Vertu level - that is, excellent. There is a front camera with a resolution of 2.1 megapixels, as well as a light sensor. There are no mechanical keys under the screen.

Display

Vertu is proud to be the first device to feature a 4.7-inch Full HD screen with a density of 473 dpi. This is a pretty good matrix, it displays colors with high quality, has a margin of brightness, in the sun the screen, just like in the Constellation, fades and becomes less readable. In general, we can say that this device is quite comfortable for everyday use, but you should not expect it to surpass the 5-inch flagships from other manufacturers. Above average, but by no means the best matrix possible.

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Battery

The phone has a 2275 mAh lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh in the Constellation). According to the manufacturer, it can work up to 15 hours of talk time (3G), up to 380 hours of standby time. The total charging time of the device is about 2.5 hours

It's a pity, but the operating time becomes a weak point for the device, it works 6-8 hours with active use, which is typical for models on the same chipset that were released about a year and a half ago. Weak software optimization, rather high heating during operation and inefficient heat dissipation - all together creates the prerequisites for charging the device twice a day. With a minimum number of conversations with a total duration of up to 20 minutes, and the absence of other activities, the phone can survive until the evening. But this is an almost unbelievable scenario for its use, rather people will talk, and actively, which means constantly charging it. Considering that the case is non-separable, and the number of charge / discharge cycles is limited, we can assume that after 3-4 months the device's operating time will be reduced by another 10-15 percent. Which makes the overall picture even sadder. From the point of view of operating time, this device completely loses to mass models, and this is a very serious minus. I don't know what to add here.

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Камера

Модуль камеры точно такой же, как в Constellation, – 13-мегапиксельная камера от Sony (Exmor), но есть сертификация от Hasselblad. Технически это ничего не дает, считайте это маркетинговым ходом. С качеством фото и видео вы можете ознакомиться ниже – оно уступает флагманам других компаний, но в целом, чуть выше среднего.

Vertu Signature Touch

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Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is a quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz. RAM 2 GB. Built-in memory 64 GB. The lack of memory cards can be considered a minus, on the other hand, this is a standard approach for this segment.

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The performance of this solution is excellent, there are no complaints. The interface is fast and responsive. In terms of being able to run any application, you won't experience any problems.

Communications

Vertu is very proud that the device has ten LTE antennas and will be able to work anywhere in the world (China with its 4G variant is an exception). Here is a list of communication options for this device:

  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA Bands I, II, IV, V, VIII
  • LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,17,20 & 25
  • DC-HSPA+ Release 10, Cat28, 84Mbps upload to device, Cat6 5.76Mbps upload to network
  • LTE FDD Cat4,150Mbps upload to device, 50Mbps upload to network
  • Dual-band WLAN 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac including WAPI for PRC
  • MicroAB USB system connector with USB On-The-Go support
  • 3.5mm audio output. (no OMTP support)
  • Bluetooth® v4.0 + LE
  • CSR aptX® high quality encoded audio support
  • NFC with embedded security support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (tethering mode and portable hotspot mode)

Software Features - Android 4.4

This handset is the first in the Vertu range to run the latest and greatest version of Android. Vertu decided not to be smart and write its own shell - the device has a number of screensavers in the corporate style, wallpapers, as well as melodies created by the London Symphony Orchestra. In my opinion, the sound of Vertu has become the hallmark of this brand, the melody is easy to recognize anywhere, and when someone puts it in MP3 version on a regular phone, it is also easily distinguishable. Beautiful melodies that fascinate, and a lot can be forgiven for this phone.

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Иконки меню также переработаны, но все приложения стандартные, они не изменены каким-то образом. Из фирменных приложений можно отметить подписку для покупателей телефона на ряд сервисов или программ. Так, вы получаете годовую версию антивируса Касперского для мобильных телефонов.

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In the Certainty section, which is launched by the ruby ​​\u200b\u200bkey, you can find an offer from PSG - wanted people, protection, and so on. The same company provided a number of services for the phone, in particular, its search or an alarm button. Apparently, in exchange for advertising, which is a lot for the company here, which looks unusual and somewhat annoying.

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From the pleasant little things - a subscription to Global Wi-Fi, this service allows you to use the Internet access around the world for free. There is an annual subscription to Silent Circle, a conversation encryption program that will not protect against intelligence agencies, but it may well protect against competitors.

Vertu Signature Touch

In the Life section, you can find exclusive offers - concerts, sports, exhibitions - all this takes place around the world, and prices are indicated in pounds, as these offers are prepared by the same British company that supports the Concierge service. Prices, to put it mildly, are high, besides, for a number of Vienna events they are higher than the same price in Vienna (it so happened that I was able to check this in practice, not yet suspecting that such an offer is in this device).

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Vertu Support is a standard application that will help you solve all problems with your phone.

The music player supports Dolby Plus technology, which is also a plus for the device, although there is no exclusivity here, many other devices can boast of similar technologies.

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Vertu Signature Touch luxury smartphone review

You could already read the first look at this device, the review updated the impressions of a month of using the device, added examples of videos and pictures from it, talked about the operating time and other little things.

Positioning

The transition to Android for Vertu was somewhat painful, the first Vertu Ti model had to be launched in a series in a very short time, which could not but affect many minor flaws, an outdated version of Android and technical characteristics of the product.In 2013, already in Constellation, the company tried to make up for lost time, but the backlog from the market still remained - from the market of mass devices and flagships. Bridging this gap has been a key challenge for Vertu - DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream for the first time in Signature Touch, we can say that this issue has been partially resolved. In fact, we have before us a replacement for Vertu Ti, which was a male device, its design clearly showed this.

Currently, Vertu's lineup is divided into three lines - Signature (classic push-button devices), Signature Touch (touch models), and Constellation (also touch devices on Android). In the next few years, the emergence of new models outside of these lines, although possible, is unlikely. We are accustomed to Vertu showing one device in each line during the year, so we can expect the updated Constellation 2014/2015 to appear in the fall, while the Signature Touch will be updated only in the summer of 2015. Considering that these are luxury devices, you should not expect a variety of models - it is not needed here. For example, Vertu Ti does not disappear from the market at all, it will be sold as long as there is demand, but it is present, although it cannot be called crazy.

It is curious that in modern Vertu there is a clear gender division. Constellation is a women's model, although it suits men to some extent and in some colors, but with a number of reservations. Model Ti with exactly the same reservations could be used by women, although it is male. The released Signature Touch is unequivocally masculine, they even talk about it in the official press release of Vertu - that is, a clear pair for Constellation. This machine is for him, and the Constellation is for her. It is possible that due to this positioning, the price of this model starts from 7,900 euros and goes up to 16,500 euros. We saw about the same for Ti, the price level is identical.

It's interesting how Vertu was able to give their brand extra shine without getting involved in dubious enterprises. In the world of luxury, the Vertu brand already has a status, and therefore, by definition, no other brands can be on the phone case. The Vertu brand will give any other brand a weight that is not needed at all. But there is also a task to strengthen our own brand, there are many ways to do this, one of which is cooperation with other strong brands in the field of technology.

Several stories have been created especially for the Vertu Signature Touch. The first is cooperation with Bang & Olufsen in the field of sound, that is, for consumers of devices from Vertu, B&O sound is not far at all, it is associated with high-quality sound. Let me remind you that many premium cars are equipped with acoustics from B&O, which makes the use of this brand for Vertu very interesting.

The second story is actually brilliant - the Signature Touch has a Hasselblad-certified camera. This professional camera manufacturer is known for having a camera on the moon, many of the "affordable" models are expensive conversions of Sony's stock cameras, and full-frame cameras are very, very expensive and are used in professional studio shooting. That is, the brand is perceived as a kind of luxury in photography.

When I say a camera is Hasselblad certified, that's exactly what it is. This is not a camera created by Hasselblad, but rather a virtual certificate. That is, in fact, a direct hit on the audience, which will know that they have in their hands the only camera phone from Hasselblad, although, in fact, such a statement would be incorrect. Technically, the same matrix from Sony, which we saw in the Constellation, stands here.

Vertu Signature Touch

The story behind the Signature Touch model for the target audience will play its part. These are understandable premium brands that have become an integral part of Vertu's offer. As a cherry, we can say that the Concierge service is returning along with Signature Touch, and with a personal, dedicated manager. Only one person will work with you. To the full extent, this is a luxury offer that has no analogues. Also for the first time, Vertu comes out on the latest version of Android, has good technical characteristics, which makes this device quite applicable in everyday life. The model turned out to be iconic to some extent, although in terms of design it is very close to the Constellation, since it is difficult to come up with something new around the big screen.

At the moment, we can say that the Signature Touch is one of the most interesting offers on the luxury handset market, and it will also become the most widespread. There are all the prerequisites for this, although it is not necessary to talk about the prevalence and wide availability of devices in this price group. This is not a product that is sold in tens of thousands, but not piece sales, although the craftsmen create each device by hand.

It is curious that when using this model, I came across puzzled looks from people who no longer recognized Vertu. The brand has lost its popularity, new models do not receive much advertising support, as a result, the target audience does not identify them at first sight. And these are people who already had previous models from Vertu, which makes the situation even more ridiculous. Here you can interpret this observation in two ways - on the one hand, this is a fat minus for those who are looking for a luxury solution, the price of which is known to others, with the new Signature Touch it will just be an awareness of an expensive device. On the other hand, there is a huge room for improvement and development for the company. In any case, there is simply no direct alternative to this device, it outperforms any device both in terms of materials and the charge of the image component.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the changed quality of the leather - it has become smoother, somewhat tougher than in Constellation - it turned out that the German manufacture was replaced by the Italian one. Leather is more expensive, but more practical, it does not rub off as much as on the Constellation, there are practically no traces of hands. My impression is that leather inserts are more appropriate and practical in the Signature Touch. Another thing is that at first acquaintance, the soft dressing of the skin on the Constellation will make a greater impression, but it is less practical. For several weeks of using the phone, when it was lying on the dashboard of the car, was with coins and keys, no scratches appeared on the skin. Moreover, in the dark version, even spilled liquids or rain did not affect its quality in any way, exactly the same as on the first day. No wonder they changed the supplier, the new one turned out to be an order of magnitude more practical.

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Here's what the press release says about color availability: "Signature Touch is available in five colors and eight finishes: Jet Leather (black calfskin), Claret Leather (burgundy calfskin), Sea Spray Lizard (lizard skin) navy blue), Damson Lizard (plum lizard skin), and Pure Navy Lizard (navy blue lizard skin). Cases in three different styles will also be available.”

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The size of the phone is 145x69x10.65 mm, the weight is 192 grams. In the hand lies well, there are no problems. In size, it is quite consistent with the Constellation, that is, they are almost identical (although it weighs 179 grams, but you don’t feel this difference).

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Let's dwell on the body materials for a bit. The main material is titanium (Grade5), which was the same on previous models. Sapphire crystal covers the screen, there is a ruby ​​button, ceramic inserts - in a word, everything is as usual with Vertu.

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On the left side is a paired volume rocker, right there is a 3.5 mm jack for headphones or a headset. On the right side there is a dedicated key for launching applications from Vertu, as well as an on/off button. I really liked that they abandoned the SIM card slot in the retractable tray, there is a hinged cover on the back surface, under it there is a microSIM card slot (an adapter for nanoSIM is included). To change the SIM-card, you do not have to make any effort, everything is very easy and simple.

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MicroUSB connector on the end, which is quite convenient. Of the unusual things, it is worth noting the built-in Qi standard wireless charging, it will be possible to purchase such a desktop charger separately.

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There are no complaints about the build quality of the model, everything is at the Vertu level - that is, excellent. There is a front camera with a resolution of 2.1 megapixels, as well as a light sensor. There are no mechanical keys under the screen.

Display

Vertu is proud to be the first device to feature a 4.7-inch Full HD screen with a density of 473 dpi. This is a pretty good matrix, it displays colors with high quality, has a margin of brightness, in the sun the screen, just like in the Constellation, fades and becomes less readable. In general, we can say that this device is quite comfortable for everyday use, but you should not expect it to surpass the 5-inch flagships from other manufacturers. Above average, but by no means the best matrix possible.

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Battery

The phone has a 2275 mAh lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh in the Constellation). According to the manufacturer, it can work up to 15 hours of talk time (3G), up to 380 hours of standby time. The total charging time of the device is about 2.5 hours

It's a pity, but the operating time becomes a weak point for the device, it works 6-8 hours with active use, which is typical for models on the same chipset that were released about a year and a half ago. Weak software optimization, rather high heating during operation and inefficient heat dissipation - all together creates the prerequisites for charging the device twice a day. With a minimum number of conversations with a total duration of up to 20 minutes, and the absence of other activities, the phone can survive until the evening. But this is an almost unbelievable scenario for its use, rather people will talk, and actively, which means constantly charging it. Considering that the case is non-separable, and the number of charge / discharge cycles is limited, we can assume that after 3-4 months the device's operating time will be reduced by another 10-15 percent. Which makes the overall picture even sadder. From the point of view of operating time, this device completely loses to mass models, and this is a very serious minus. I don't know what to add here.

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Камера

Модуль камеры точно такой же, как в Constellation, – 13-мегапиксельная камера от Sony (Exmor), но есть сертификация от Hasselblad. Технически это ничего не дает, считайте это маркетинговым ходом. С качеством фото и видео вы можете ознакомиться ниже – оно уступает флагманам других компаний, но в целом, чуть выше среднего.

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Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is a quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz. RAM 2 GB. Built-in memory 64 GB. The lack of memory cards can be considered a minus, on the other hand, this is a standard approach for this segment.

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The performance of this solution is excellent, there are no complaints. The interface is fast and responsive. In terms of being able to run any application, you won't experience any problems.

Communications

Vertu is very proud that the device has ten LTE antennas and will be able to work anywhere in the world (China with its 4G variant is an exception). Here is a list of communication options for this device:

  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA Bands I, II, IV, V, VIII
  • LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,17,20 & 25
  • DC-HSPA+ Release 10, Cat28, 84Mbps upload to device, Cat6 5.76Mbps upload to network
  • LTE FDD Cat4,150Mbps upload to device, 50Mbps upload to network
  • Dual-band WLAN 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac including WAPI for PRC
  • MicroAB USB system connector with USB On-The-Go support
  • 3.5mm audio output. (no OMTP support)
  • Bluetooth® v4.0 + LE
  • CSR aptX® high quality encoded audio support
  • NFC with embedded security support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (tethering mode and portable hotspot mode)

Software Features - Android 4.4

This handset is the first in the Vertu range to run the latest and greatest version of Android. Vertu decided not to be smart and write its own shell - the device has a number of screensavers in the corporate style, wallpapers, as well as melodies created by the London Symphony Orchestra. In my opinion, the sound of Vertu has become the hallmark of this brand, the melody is easy to recognize anywhere, and when someone puts it in MP3 version on a regular phone, it is also easily distinguishable. Beautiful melodies that fascinate, and a lot can be forgiven for this phone.

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Иконки меню также переработаны, но все приложения стандартные, они не изменены каким-то образом. Из фирменных приложений можно отметить подписку для покупателей телефона на ряд сервисов или программ. Так, вы получаете годовую версию антивируса Касперского для мобильных телефонов.

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In the Certainty section, which is launched by the ruby ​​\u200b\u200bkey, you can find an offer from PSG - wanted people, protection, and so on. The same company provided a number of services for the phone, in particular, its search or an alarm button. Apparently, in exchange for advertising, which is a lot for the company here, which looks unusual and somewhat annoying.

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From the pleasant little things - a subscription to Global Wi-Fi, this service allows you to use the Internet access around the world for free. There is an annual subscription to Silent Circle, a conversation encryption program that will not protect against intelligence agencies, but it may well protect against competitors.

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In the Life section, you can find exclusive offers - concerts, sports, exhibitions - all this takes place around the world, and prices are indicated in pounds, as these offers are prepared by the same British company that supports the Concierge service. Prices, to put it mildly, are high, besides, for a number of Vienna events they are higher than the same price in Vienna (it so happened that I was able to check this in practice, not yet suspecting that such an offer is in this device).

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Vertu Support is a standard application that will help you solve all problems with your phone.

The music player supports Dolby Plus technology, which is also a plus for the device, although there is no exclusivity here, many other devices can boast of similar technologies.

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Vertu Signature Touch luxury smartphone review

You could already read the first look at this device, the review updated the impressions of a month of using the device, added examples of videos and pictures from it, talked about the operating time and other little things.

Positioning

The transition to Android for Vertu was somewhat painful, the first Vertu Ti model had to be launched in a series in a very short time, which could not but affect many minor flaws, an outdated version of Android and technical characteristics of the product.In 2013, already in Constellation, the company tried to make up for lost time, but the backlog from the market still remained - from the market of mass devices and flagships. The key task for Vertu was to close this gap - DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream for the first time in Signature Touch, we can say that this issue has been partially resolved. In fact, we have before us a replacement for Vertu Ti, which was a male device, its design clearly showed this.

Switching to Android for Vertu was somewhat painful, the first Vertu Ti model had to be launched in a series in a very short time, which could not but affect many minor flaws, an outdated version of Android and technical characteristics of the product. In 2013, already in Constellation, the company tried to make up for lost time, but the backlog from the market still remained - from the market of mass devices and flagships. Bridging this gap has been a key challenge for Vertu – DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream DXN Miracle Moisturizer Cream for the first time in Signature Touch, we can say that this issue has been partially resolved. In fact, we have before us a replacement for Vertu Ti, which was a male device, its design clearly showed this.

Currently, Vertu's lineup is divided into three lines - Signature (classic push-button devices), Signature Touch (touch models), and Constellation (also touch devices on Android). In the next few years, the emergence of new models outside of these lines, although possible, is unlikely. We are accustomed to Vertu showing one device in each line during the year, so we can expect the updated Constellation 2014/2015 to appear in the fall, while the Signature Touch will be updated only in the summer of 2015. Considering that these are luxury devices, you should not expect a variety of models - it is not needed here. For example, Vertu Ti does not disappear from the market at all, it will be sold as long as there is demand, but it is present, although it cannot be called crazy.

It is curious that in modern Vertu there is a clear gender division. Constellation is a women's model, although it suits men to some extent and in some colors, but with a number of reservations. Model Ti with exactly the same reservations could be used by women, although it is male. The released Signature Touch is unequivocally masculine, they even talk about it in the official press release of Vertu - that is, a clear pair for Constellation. This machine is for him, and the Constellation is for her. It is possible that due to this positioning, the price of this model starts from 7,900 euros and goes up to 16,500 euros. We saw about the same for Ti, the price level is identical.

It's interesting how Vertu was able to give their brand extra shine without getting involved in dubious enterprises. In the world of luxury, the Vertu brand already has a status, and therefore, by definition, no other brands can be on the phone case. The Vertu brand will give any other brand a weight that is not needed at all. But there is also a task to strengthen our own brand, there are many ways to do this, one of which is cooperation with other strong brands in the field of technology.

Several stories have been created especially for the Vertu Signature Touch. The first is cooperation with Bang & Olufsen in the field of sound, that is, for consumers of devices from Vertu, B&O sound is not far at all, it is associated with high-quality sound. Let me remind you that many premium cars are equipped with acoustics from B&O, which makes the use of this brand for Vertu very interesting.

The second story is actually brilliant - the Signature Touch has a Hasselblad-certified camera. This professional camera manufacturer is known for having a camera on the moon, many of the "affordable" models are expensive conversions of Sony's stock cameras, and full-frame cameras are very, very expensive and are used in professional studio shooting. That is, the brand is perceived as a kind of luxury in photography.

When I say that a camera is Hasselblad certified, that's exactly what it is. This is not a camera created by Hasselblad, but rather a virtual certificate. That is, in fact, a direct hit on the audience, which will know that they are holding the only camera phone from Hasselblad, although, in fact, such a statement would be incorrect. Technically, the same matrix from Sony, which we saw in the Constellation, stands here.

The story behind the Signature Touch model for the target audience will play its part. These are understandable premium brands that have become an integral part of Vertu's offer. As a cherry, we can say that the Concierge service is returning along with Signature Touch, and with a personal, dedicated manager. Only one person will work with you. To the fullest extent, this is a luxury offer that has no analogues. Also for the first time, Vertu comes out on the latest version of Android, has good technical characteristics, which makes this device quite applicable in everyday life. The model turned out to be iconic to some extent, although in terms of design it is very close to the Constellation, since it is difficult to come up with something new around the big screen.

At the moment, we can say that the Signature Touch is one of the most interesting offers on the luxury handset market, and it will also become the most widespread. There are all the prerequisites for this, although it is not necessary to talk about the prevalence and wide availability of devices in this price group. This is not a product that is sold in tens of thousands, but not piece sales, although the craftsmen create each device by hand.

It is curious that when using this model, I came across puzzled looks from people who no longer recognized Vertu. The brand has lost its popularity, new models do not receive much advertising support, as a result, the target audience does not identify them at first sight. And these are people who already had previous models from Vertu, which makes the situation even more ridiculous. Here you can interpret this observation in two ways - on the one hand, this is a fat minus for those who are looking for a luxury solution, the price of which is known to others, with the new Signature Touch it will just be an awareness of an expensive device. On the other hand, there is a huge room for improvement and development for the company. In any case, there is simply no direct alternative to this device, it outperforms any device both in terms of materials and the charge of the image component.

Design, dimensions, controls

The first thing that catches your eye is the changed quality of the leather - it has become smoother, somewhat tougher than in Constellation - it turned out that the German manufacture was replaced by the Italian one. Leather is more expensive, but more practical, it does not rub off as much as on the Constellation, there are practically no traces of hands. My impression is that leather inserts are more appropriate and practical in the Signature Touch. Another thing is that at first acquaintance, the soft dressing of the skin on the Constellation will make a greater impression, but it is less practical. For several weeks of using the phone, when it was lying on the dashboard of the car, was with coins and keys, no scratches appeared on the skin. Moreover, in the dark version, even spilled liquids or rain did not affect its quality in any way, exactly the same as on the first day. No wonder they changed the supplier, the new one turned out to be an order of magnitude more practical.

Here's what the press release says about color availability: "Signature Touch is available in five colors and eight finishes: Jet Leather (black calfskin), Claret Leather (burgundy calfskin), Sea Spray Lizard (lizard skin) sea ​​green), Damson Lizard (plum lizard skin) and Pure Navy Lizard (navy blue lizard skin). Cases in three different styles will also be available.”

The size of the phone is 145x69x10.65 mm, the weight is 192 grams. In the hand lies well, there are no problems. In size, it is quite consistent with the Constellation, that is, they are almost identical (although it weighs 179 grams, but you don’t feel this difference).

Let's dwell on the body materials for a bit. The main material is titanium (Grade5), which was the same on previous models. Sapphire crystal covers the screen, there is a ruby ​​button, ceramic inserts - in a word, everything is as usual with Vertu.

On the left side is a paired volume rocker, right there is a 3.5 mm jack for headphones or a headset. On the right side there is a dedicated key for launching applications from Vertu, as well as an on/off button. I really liked that they abandoned the SIM card slot in the retractable tray, there is a hinged cover on the back surface, under it there is a microSIM card slot (an adapter for nanoSIM is included). To change the SIM-card, you do not have to make any effort, everything is very easy and simple.

MicroUSB connector on the end, which is quite convenient. Of the unusual things, it is worth noting the built-in Qi standard wireless charging, it will be possible to purchase such a desktop charger separately.

There are no complaints about the build quality of the model, everything is at the Vertu level - that is, excellent. There is a front camera with a resolution of 2.1 megapixels, as well as a light sensor. There are no mechanical keys under the screen.

Display

Vertu is proud to be the first device to feature a 4.7-inch Full HD screen with a density of 473 dpi. This is a pretty good matrix, it displays colors with high quality, has a margin of brightness, in the sun the screen, just like in the Constellation, fades and becomes less readable. In general, we can say that this device is quite comfortable for everyday use, but you should not expect it to surpass the 5-inch flagships from other manufacturers. Above average, but by no means the best matrix possible.

Battery

The phone has a 2275 mAh lithium-ion battery (1800 mAh in the Constellation). According to the manufacturer, it can work up to 15 hours of talk time (3G), up to 380 hours of standby time. The total charging time of the device is about 2.5 hours

It's a pity, but the operating time becomes a weak point for the device, it works 6-8 hours with active use, which is typical for models on the same chipset that were released about a year and a half ago. Weak software optimization, rather high heating during operation and inefficient heat dissipation - all together creates the prerequisites for charging the device twice a day. With a minimum number of conversations with a total duration of up to 20 minutes, and the absence of other activities, the phone can survive until the evening. But this is an almost unbelievable scenario for its use, rather people will talk, and actively, which means constantly charging it. Considering that the case is non-separable, and the number of charge / discharge cycles is limited, we can assume that after 3-4 months the device's operating time will be reduced by another 10-15 percent. Which makes the overall picture even sadder. From the point of view of operating time, this device completely loses to mass models, and this is a very serious minus. I don't know what to add here.

Camera

The camera module is exactly the same as the Constellation, a 13-megapixel camera from Sony (Exmor), but certified by Hasselblad. Technically, this does nothing, consider it a marketing ploy. You can see the quality of photos and videos below - it is inferior to the flagships of other companies, but in general, slightly above average.

Hardware platform, memory, performance

The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, which is a quad-core processor with a maximum clock speed of up to 2.3 GHz. RAM 2 GB. Built-in memory 64 GB. The lack of memory cards can be considered a minus, on the other hand, this is a standard approach for this segment.

The performance of this solution is excellent, there are no complaints. The interface is fast and responsive. In terms of being able to run any application, you won't experience any problems.

Communications

Vertu is very proud that the device has ten LTE antennas and will be able to work anywhere in the world (China with its 4G variant is an exception). Here is a list of communication options for this device:

  • Quadband GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA Bands I, II, IV, V, VIII
  • LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,17,20 & 25
  • DC-HSPA+ Release 10, Cat28, 84Mbps upload to device, Cat6 5.76Mbps upload to network
  • LTE FDD Cat4,150Mbps upload to device, 50Mbps upload to network
  • Dual-band WLAN 802.11 a,b,g,n,ac including WAPI for PRC
  • MicroAB USB System Connector with USB On-The-Go
  • 3.5mm audio output. (no OMTP support)
  • Bluetooth® v4.0 + LE
  • CSR aptX® high quality encoded audio support
  • NFC with embedded security support
  • Wi-Fi hotspot (tethering mode and portable hotspot mode)

Software features - Android 4.4

This handset is the first in the Vertu range to run the latest and greatest version of Android. Vertu decided not to be smart and write its own shell - the device has a number of screensavers in the corporate style, wallpapers, as well as melodies created by the London Symphony Orchestra. In my opinion, the sound of Vertu has become the hallmark of this brand, the melody is easy to recognize anywhere, and when someone puts it in MP3 version on a regular phone, it is also easily distinguishable. Beautiful melodies that fascinate, and a lot can be forgiven for this phone.

The menu icons have also been redesigned, but all applications are standard, they have not been changed in any way. From branded applications, one can note a subscription for phone buyers to a number of services or programs. So, you get an annual version of Kaspersky Anti-Virus for mobile phones.

In the Certainty section, which is launched by the ruby ​​\u200b\u200bkey, you can find an offer from PSG - wanted people, protection, and so on. The same company provided a number of services for the phone, in particular, its search or an alarm button. Apparently, in exchange for advertising, which is a lot for the company here, which looks unusual and somewhat annoying.

From the pleasant little things - a subscription to Global Wi-Fi, this service allows you to use the Internet access around the world for free. There is an annual subscription to Silent Circle, a conversation encryption program that will not protect against intelligence agencies, but it may well protect against competitors.

In the Life section, you can find exclusive offers - concerts, sports, exhibitions - all this takes place around the world, and prices are indicated in pounds, as these offers are prepared by the same British company that supports the Concierge service. Prices, to put it mildly, are high, besides, for a number of Vienna events they are higher than the same price in Vienna (it so happened that I was able to check this in practice, not yet suspecting that such an offer is in this device).

Vertu Support is a standard application that will help you solve all problems with your phone.

The music player supports Dolby Plus technology, which is also a plus for the device, although there is no exclusivity here, many other devices can boast of similar technologies.