A $10,000 cell phone? Yes, and that’s cheap by super-luxe standards

Posted at 7:36 PM, Feb 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-15 19:36:48-05

In the market for a luxury smart phone?  Then, Vertu may have the perfect phone for you, at least if you can afford the nearly $10,000 price tag!

Powered by Android, each Vertu TI phone is handcrafted in England, with top notch design features, from leather and titanium (hence the TI in the model name) on the outside, to 64 gigs of memory on the inside.

The 3.7 inch screen is one piece of sapphire crystal, which is four times stronger than any other phone on the mobile market, according to Vertu spokeswoman Casey Armstrong.

“The audio quality is symphonic sound and it has been tuned with Bang & Olufson,” said Armstrong.

The phone comes equipped with two 8 megapixel cameras on the front and back.  The front camera is Skype-approved.

A ruby key (yes, the ruby is real!) on the side of the phone enters you into the Vertu Lifestyle Services that include 24-hour concierge service. “It is like having a personal assistant inside your phone,” explained Armstrong, adding, “You can ask them to do anything you want, really, as long as it is legal.”

Just when you thought $9,600 was a little steep to pay for a cell phone,  Vertu showed us another model of the same phone but accented in rose gold.

The price tag?  $19,900.

You can find the Vertu phone at the boutique store in the Upper East Side.

If you want a little luxury but cannot afford to pay tens of thousands, you can find similar phones, with sapphire crystal screens and even Titanium casing made by Motorola and Gresso.