Vertu Constellation: Our first take

All the posh and exclusivity you’d anticipate from a Vertu telephone, however with out the overly dramatic visible punch or the loopy price ticket.

In case you’ve appeared on with envious eyes on the Vertu New Signature Touch with its outrageous “gull wing” fashion door function on the again, and determined it simply wasn’t adequately subtle; then the brand new Vertu Constellation stands out as the good compromise between type, luxurious, and subtlety. For those who’re nonetheless undecided, maybe the lower cost of the Constellation will ultimately sway you. We’ve had the prospect to attempt the telephone out, and like all Vertu telephones, it left fairly an impression. Right here’s what we thought.

The final time we heard the Constellation name, it was again in 2013, and the telephone to which it was hooked up had the identical mission: Give individuals who both didn’t need or couldn’t justify the price of the corporate’s flagship telephone an opportunity to hitch the household. The brand new 2017 Constellation will value lower than the New Signature Contact, however we got here away from utilizing the telephone, considering we might choose it over one anyway.

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Its subtlety shines by means of the longer you look at the small print. The pillow — that’s the part the place the speaker is hidden above the display — is slim and unobtrusive, but nonetheless an exquisite facet of the design. The entrance of the Constellation is dominated by an expanse of sixth era sapphire glass, which covers a 5.5-inch, 2,560 x 1,440-pixel decision display. Sapphire glass has a barely totally different look as compared with Gorilla Glass. A extremely polished, deeper sheen brings out the perfect on this show. It’s the primary time Vertu has gone past 1,920 x 1,080 pixels on its screens, and it’s a welcome addition.

No gull wing door insanity or builder’s signature

The Constellation is splendidly snug to carry. A machined trench sliced down the aluminum aspect panels ensures it nestles in your palm and avoids the sharp, angled edge that runs alongside the highest aspect. It’s interspersed with the facility and quantity keys, plus Vertu’s trademark ruby button to activate Concierge. That is Vertu’s 24/7 private assistant service, and it’s an enormous a part of the telephone’s attraction. It joins Vertu Life — the place unique gives and providers can be found to Vertu house owners — plus safe calls via Silent Circle, anti-theft providers, and different advantages.

It’s superbly made, feels robust as an ox, and we love the extra delicate design and styling.

Look at the edges intently and also you’ll discover a standard SIM tray reduce into it. This can be a actual departure for Vertu, which up to now has hidden the SIM behind a spring-loaded door, making it a speaking level. A part of the reason being the choice to make use of a twin-SIM system on the Constellation. The twin-SIM slot will increase its versatility, including one other connectivity function to the 34 worldwide bandwidths for true international community help, however removes one of many issues we all the time adored about Vertu. Just a little little bit of distinctive insanity you didn’t discover on another telephone. It additionally means the Constellation doesn’t have someplace to cover the signature of the one that constructed the telephone, in contrast to most different Vertu units.

Nevertheless, the shortage of a loopy SIM door makes the telephone much less fussy, which follows with the remainder of the design. There are three colours at launch: a pinkish berry, a blue-gray octane, and an earthy walnut. All the colours are delivered to life utilizing leather-based sourced from an Italian tannery. Easier strains, robust colours, flatter panels, and fewer visible thrives imply it’s much less dramatic than the New Signature Contact, however the telephone is all the higher for it. It might be argued the disappearance of the SIM door and the signature of the builder does away with a number of the character that’s so essential in a Vertu telephone, although.

Tech lags behind

Selecting a Vertu telephone has not often been a choice based mostly on the system’s technical prowess, however there are a number of welcome new additions on the Constellation. The upper decision display is one, together with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 (not the most recent Qualcomm chip, however nonetheless a great performer), 4GB of RAM, 128GB of inner reminiscence and for the primary time, a fingerprint sensor on the entrance. This, together with NFC, means Android Pay is supported. The sensor labored nicely in our fast exams. It’s a disgrace Android is put in, which is properly behind the newest software program model, however the safety patch was listed as January 2017.

We will’t decide the digital camera but. It takes footage at 12 megapixels, and has a big pixel measurement for higher low-mild efficiency. The software program, which is Vertu’s personal, was quick to react and the app has a useful shortcut. Press the sleep/wake key twice, and it opens immediately even when the telephone is locked.

Vertu will put the Constellation on sale in mid-February, however the worth continues to be to be introduced. Whereas it’ll be cheaper than the New Signature Contact, we’d anticipate a finances of no less than $6,000 shall be required. Sure, all the identical previous arguments apply. Sure, you will get extra know-how for much less, however you gained’t get even near the diploma of luxurious and air of exclusivity offered by a Vertu telephone.

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It’s superbly made, feels robust as an ox, and we love the extra delicate design and styling. It’s a Vertu telephone for every single day, however that stated, we’re slightly involved a few of the Vertu character has been misplaced with the Constellation, and that it gained’t really feel fairly so particular to make use of. The New Signature Contact provides you the complete Vertu expertise, whereas the Constellation eases you into the corporate’s unique, luxurious tech world rather more gently.


  • Superbly styled
  • Bullet-proof construct high quality
  • Excessive-decision display
  • Concierge service included


  • Previous model of Android
  • Behind the tech curve
  • Particular Vertu touches lacking

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