Vertu, the glitzy luxury phone brand that began as the brainchild of Nokia, has launched METAVERTU, the “world’s first Web3 phone.”
The device, which reportedly integrates smart terminals, crypto mining nodes, separate operating systems for NFTs and blockchain, high-end service, and every other buzzword you can think of into a single phone, has prices ranging from a simple $3,300 version to a Himalayan alligator skin version encrusted with 18k gold and diamonds at $41,500.
For the record, an iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22+ cost around $1,000 each.
“We define METAVERTU as a phone, a power bank, a 10T hard drive, a dual system machine, a light node, an NFT pass holder, a privacy guardian.” the company said.
The Vertu brand began as an exercise in thinking about what if a phone was a luxury status symbol in the same way as a handbag, sunglasses or a car. That only took the brand so far as it bounced from parent company to parent company, eventually making its way into voluntary liquidation under the Turkish Cyprus-based company Baferton Ltd. The company now appears to have been revived under Chengdu VERTU Business. Management Co. Ltd.
The new METAVERTU brand takes the nature of the original Vertu product and takes it one step further: to simulate an environment where the wearer feels aware of an unrecognizable but high fashion world just around the corner.
As stated in the company Press release:
register I can only assume they are referring to the Apple iPhone and this video:
The phone’s appeal, beyond conspicuous opulence, could be for those who want to trade and mine cryptocurrencies, particularly Ethereum, while turning houseplant snaps or party selfies into NFT “art.”
With a single click, you can switch between Web2.0 and Web3.0 capabilities, Vertu said.
As for what’s inside, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8Gen1 4nm 5G chip and an A5 “privacy chip.”
There’s a version with 18GB RAM + 1TB ROM + 10T IPFS storage, so no one needs to prematurely delete the videos you took on your weekend private jet trip to the Maldives.
The phone has a 64MP sensor with optical image stabilization, a secondary ultra-wide camera that works at 50MP, and a third 8MP periscope. Of course, there is also a selfie camera, 16MP.
The 6.67-inch waterfall 72.5° curved AMOLED screen has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 and refreshes at 144 Hz. The whole measures 161.9 x 73.2 x 9.85 mm. Comparatively, the iPhone 14 measures 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8mm.
The 4,600mAh battery takes just 20 minutes to charge up to 90 percent with 55W wired charging and there’s 15W wireless charging for top-ups.
When it comes to information security, the company promises end-to-end encrypted communication using VTalk so you can “leave your secrets here.”
Users also get VPASS, a service for crypto-related notifications, or like Vertu putsa “multi-chain real-time data analytics and automated execution tool service for web3 users, enabling them to identify new opportunities in the market, take action, make informed business decisions, and achieve freedom one step ahead.”
There is also “comprehensive asset protection” for crypto wallets, but exactly how it works remains a mystery. We have asked the company for details about its security and a summary of the history of the business. ®