Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Bentley And Vertu Join Forces For £10,700 Smartphone

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Vertu Unveils New Smartphone For Bentley Owners And Enthusiasts.

Bentley and Vertu have unveiled an luxury Android smartphone.

Just like the car, the phone too is pretty luxurious.

The Vertu for Bentley smartphone features a quilted calf leather finish combined with Bentley's shade of Newmarket Tan and diamond pattern stitching.

So, what all does it have that oozes luxury? For starters, there's the titanium construction that comes with tactile diamond knurling detailing on the side rails.

The back of the phone gets an engine-turned pattern which opens to show the engraved signature of the person in charge of building the phone - the mark of the maker so to say.

About the software, this one runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat and is powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.3 Ghz.

It has 64GB of internal memory and is equipped with a 1080p 4.7-inch touchscreen display benefiting from sapphire crystal coating.

Then there is the 13MP back camera with twin focus and dual LED flash while at the front it packs a 2.1MP camera.

It comes with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 2,275 mAh which should provide enough juice for up to 15 hours and 30 minutes of talk time or 380 hours in standby.

Only 200 units of this phone will be made and it is steeply priced at £10,700.

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Did you know...

Bentley Motors Limited is a British luxury automaker, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the German Volkswagen AG.

Its principal activity is the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of luxury automobiles sold under the Bentley marque.

Based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley on 18 January 1919 in Cricklewood near London and was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1931.

Bentley Motors Limited is the direct successor of Rolls-Royce Motors, which Volkswagen AG purchased in 1998.

The purchase included the vehicle designs, model nameplates, production and administrative facilities, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grille shape trademarks, but not the rights to the use of the Rolls-Royce name or logo, which are owned by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were later licensed to BMW AG.

Bentley vehicles are sold via franchised dealers worldwide, and as of November 2012, China was the largest individual market for Bentley automobiles.

Most Bentley cars are assembled at the company's plant in Crewe, with a small number of Continental Flying Spurs assembled at the Transparent Factory in Dresden, Germany.

Automobile bodies for the Continental model line are produced in Zwickau, Germany. Bentley cars are largely hand-built.

Bentley cars won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930 and 2003.

The current Bentley production models are the Continental Flying Spur, Continental GT and Mulsanne.

Notable former Bentley production models include the Bentley 4½ Litre, Bentley Speed Six, Bentley Turbo R and Bentley Arnage.

Vertu is a British manufacturer and retailer of luxury mobile phones established by Finnish mobile-phone manufacturer Nokia as a wholly owned subsidiary in 1998.

In October 2012 Nokia sold Vertu to private equity group EQT VI for an unspecified amount, (rumoured to be £120 million), but will retain a 10% share.

By the end of 2013, 350,000 phones had been sold, and phones were on sale in 500 retail outlets, including 70 run by the company.

The phones are most popular in Russia, Asia and the Middle East.

According to The Economist the concept was to market phones explicitly as fashion accessories, with the idea "if you can spend $20,000 on a watch, why not on a mobile phone?".

Vertu phones, or "'mobile communications instruments" are made in its factories in Church Crookham, Hampshire, England.

Handsets are sold through an emphasis on craftsmanship, style and service, rather than mobile phone functions.

In 2006, the most expensive model it had ever made was the Signature Cobra, at £213,000 (~$310,000); the most expensive 2006 regular model was the Signature Diamond at £55,000 (~$83,000).

In 2006, prices started at £3,500 for the Constellation model.

The business is based in the United Kingdom with offices in New York City, Dubai, Moscow, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Paris and Singapore.

Vertu's CEO is Massimiliano Pogliani.

The business has 1000 employees.