Nokia confirmed that they were selling Vertu, the luxury phone brand name to a private equity group last year in June. This was thanks to the restructuring of the firm in order to waylay closure. Vertu has in the past used Symbian as the OS, however this is something that will now change with the new ownership of the company.
Nokia luxury brand, Vertu, to focus on Android?
Mobile Review editor Eldar Murtazin said that there are two obvious choices, these being Windows Phone and Android and it appears that Vertu chose to go with the latter, Android. In a Tweet it was said that “Vertu is going to launch Android smartphones and reopen market with Nokia 8800 legacy.” He then continued to say that the device will come with a price tag of around 3,000 Euros or $4,060 and it will actually be the most affordable device in the Vertu range of handsets running Android.
It is thought that the company will not leave Android alone, so you should not bank on there being a Nexus from Vertu. The hardware is exclusive and the interface should be flashy and will be placed over Android, in order to maintain appearances. When it comes to the reference of the Nokia 8800, this happened to be the range of luxury devices that Nokia released many years ago, however it perhaps won’t be the platform that Vertu will be building their Android devices on, thanks to the fact that there is no touch screen.
The device is thought to be stylish and it will be small and if it does follow on in the shadow of the 8800 series then is should have leather and precious metals, perhaps with sapphire keys and sapphire crystal display. All of these were trademarks of other Vertu devices in the past.
When the Vertu handset will come onto the market is unknown, however there was talk of this being around February. If so then it could be revealed at the MWC, but as yet there is no confirmation of this. So, do you wish Nokia did Android phones as well?