Some people might say that smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note II are expensive at about $700+ outright. Those people should probably stay as far away from Vertu as possible, because the newly announced Vertu Ti has just hit the web and it carries a sticker price of $10,000.

We’ve known about the Vertu brand for a number of years, but up until now, they’ve mostly recently redesigned or rebadged versions of Nokia smartphones. What makes the Vertu Ti so noteworthy, aside from its astronomical price tag, is that it ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead. That’s a pretty sharp departure from the world of Symbian and Nokia if you ask me. Just don’t expect a groundbreaking feature set, because that’s never what we’ve gotten from Vertu either.

With the Vertu Ti, you get a 3.7-inch WVGA display, dual core 1.7GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 8MP camera, 1.3Mp front facing camera, and Bang & Olufsen inspired audio with “powerful stereo drivers [that] are acoustically integrated into the chassis to maximise frequency response and level.” And yes, that signature Vertu concierge service is in there too for the first year. Yes, it’s meticulously well-built and it’s certainly different than the standard slate, but wouldn’t you rather spend that money on, oh I don’t know, a compact car instead?

Via GR

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