When it comes to the epitome of high-class, premium quality, diamond studded, vanity and ego-boosting technology and a price tag that could make your brain fizzle, one name has always come to my mind – Vertu.
Their latest offering for their elitist clientele is the Aster Diamonds Red Alligator, Android powered, uber-expensive smartphone. As you can tell from the lengthy name, the very aesthetically appealing Red Alligator phone is indeed covered partially (rear portion) with Red dyed Alligator leather that’s been specially selected from a European tannery. As the former part of its name also suggests, the device is further touched up with 55 White Diamonds (0.15cts) fitted into a polished stainless steel case. Polished grade-five titanium is also part of the device luxurious make up (upper rear plate).
In the specs department the Red Alligator is quite a powerhouse. Running Android KikKat (4.4) on a new Snapdragon quad-core processor, with 64GB of memory, a 13 megapixel shooter with a 2.1MP front facing camera as well, Dolby Plus speakers and a full HD (1080p) 4.7” display, the Aster Diamonds Red Alligator is no slouch. Of course every Vertu also comes with its own set of privileges, like their renowned Concierge service and other special VIP facilities that one would need to subscribe to after an initial introductory period.
And all of this luxury comes with a price tag of $12,500 (US). That’s a few thousands cheaper than their Bentley special edition handset, about a $1000 more than the Signature Touch collection, and about $2500 more expensive than their Constellation Gemstone Edition. Far be it from me to judge a gorgeous looking phone that has all the elements of exquisite craftsmanship with luxurious materials, but, if an alligator has to die just for someone to have the ability to stroke their ego… there’s something morally wrong with that. Don’t you think?