Luxury Phone Manufacturer, Vertu to Launch First Android Phone

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Nokia's former luxury phone subsidiary Vertu is working on its first Android based smartphone which is due to be announced in London next week.

Vertu has always focused on Symbian based devices and aimed at the luxury end of the market where fancy smartphone features were less important than the phone concierge supplied with every handset and the luxury materials used in their construction.

Citing a Japanese blog, the Android Authority website showed pictures of the company's first Android smartphone, which will based on the latest Android OS will come with a modest screensize and processor.

Reports of a price tag in the region of EUR3,000 was later denied by the company itself.

They did confirm a press event on the 12th Feb to show off the new phone though.

Nokia sold a majority stake in Vertu, to the private equity group, EQT VI last June, although Nokia still owns a 10% stake in the company.

Vertu is headquartered in the UK and employs approximately 1,000 people worldwide.

On the web: Android Authority

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