I Can’t Get Over How Insane This $40,000 Web3 Smartphone Is

I Can’t Get Over How Insane This ,000 Web3 Smartphone Is

Talk about bad timing. the the economy is unstable and food prices are shooting up – but luxury phone maker Vertu has decided this is the right time to launch a new line of smartphones that top $40,000.

Some might question Vertu’s decision to start selling such expensive phones. After all, it’s not a good idea to market a phone that’s more expensive than many Americans’ annual income when many people can’t afford a home. But Vertu seems confident in the capabilities of its phones because it’s tied to Web 3.0, a fuzzy but nebulous concept that involves ideas like decentralization and blockchain technologies.

The Metavertu smartphone.
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How exactly does the Vertu phone allow you to interact with Web 3.0? It’s hard to tell from slim company press release. The manufacturer claims that the device will feature a “5-dimensional integrated ecosystem, which aims to integrate chips, smart terminals, blockchain, operating systems and high-end services in a single phone”, and wants WEB2.0 users “they walk on the WEB3.0 smoothly and seamlessly. Such a WEB3 phone is the perfect starting point for users’ digital sovereignty and blockchain infrastructure that can really help users create their own value.”

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As a mere smartphone, the new Vertu models have solid specifications. All models include a ceramic frame and sapphire crystal display. The phones are powered by a Qualcomm SnapDragon 8 Gen 1 CPU. They also feature a 6.67-inch 2400×1080 AMOLED display, a triple-lens camera array, and a 4,600mAh battery.

If $3,600 is all you have to spend, the lower-tier model includes a carbon-fiber finish, 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, and of course the $3,600 price tag. However, big consumers who have $41,000 on hand can turn to the high-end Metavertu configuration, which has 18GB of RAM and 1TB of storage and comes in “Himalayan crocodile leather,” 18-karat gold and diamonds. Metavertu users can supposedly convert photos and videos to NFTs with a single click. These NFTs are digitally authenticated and securely stored on the device. Fortunately, if you’re new to Web 3.0, your device includes a voice assistant programmed to answer Web3-related questions.

The Metavertu generally runs the stock Android operating system while accessing the everyday web we know and love. However, you can also switch to a Web 3.0 mode running on a custom operating system. Web 3.0 mode allows you to create a digital wallet with private keys and access to decentralized applications. Vertu claims in a blog post that Web 3.0 mode “solves the security problem of digital assets, which is a big problem in the world of cryptocurrencies.”

Vertu has had a rocky story as a phone manufacturer. It was established by the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia in 1998. The company went bankrupt in 2017, but resurfaced a year later to introduce the Aster P smartphone.

Reactions to Vertu’s flashy past phones have been decidedly mixed. cabling one time memorably described Vertu models as “flavorless garbage”.

cheaper options

The good news? You shouldn’t feel bad at all if you don’t have the money to spend on Vertu’s new high-end phone. Possibly the most technologically advanced iPhone 14 plus sounds like just $899. For that price, you get the ecosystem and reliability of Apple apps. Even the new ones Samsung Galaxy ZFlip 4which comes with a nifty folding screen, can be had for around $1,000.

Someone holding the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
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If you want to kick things up a notch with Apple, the most expensive iPhone currently available is the iPhone 14 ProMax, with a whopping terabyte of storage (twice as much as the top-end Vertu), for a relative bargain price of $1,599. But if you prefer to stand out from the crowd, you can also choose one of the most expensive Samsung phones currently sold, the Galaxy Z Fold 4which tops out at around $1600, also with a terabyte of storage.

Still not convinced that the Vertu is a bit pricey? Instead of a Metavertu, you could buy about 100 units of the very capable iPhone SE, which retails for around $400 each. Or you can keep the phone you already have and buy a 2022 BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe for about the same price as the Vertu.

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