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Vertu’s new Bentley smartphone probably costs more than your car

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On our list of things we can’t afford, both Vertu smartphones and Bentley cars rank pretty highly.

As if to torment us further, the two luxury firms have teamed up to create a new phone – the Vertu Signature for Bentley – that’s unsurprisingly wallet-shattering.

The handset is actually the second entry into Vertu’s Bentley range, the previous iteration having been announced back in October.

This latest handset is based on Vertu’s most expensive Signature range however, albeit with Bentley trimmings.

That means you’ll get a Bentley logo, carbon fibre accents, and Beluga Black calf leather – that’s the same kind found in the Bentley Mulsanne Speed.

As such, you’ll be looking at a price of £14,500 for the device, which gets you about twenty iPhone 6 handsets.

But how does it actually perform as a smartphone? Vertu hasn’t revealed which processor is powering the Signature for Bentley, but it has detailed some of the other specs.

The phone comes packing a “high-resolution” 2-inch LCD display, 4GB of storage, and a 1,050mAh battery that’s good for approximately five hours and 30 minutes of talk time.

We know what you’re thinking; those specs sound abominable, and you’d be right.

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So aside from the phone’s fancy dead-cow rear, what makes this phone so ruddy pricy?

The big seller with these phones is access to the Vertu Concierge service, which gives you access to your own dedicated “lifestyle manager”.

Using the ruby Vertu Key on the side of the phone, you can access this “expert assistance” that’s “designed to meet your every need, 24/7”.

Don’t forget that £14,500 is just the starting price for the Vertu Signature by Bentley. Adding gold, titanium, platinum, diamond, or alligator skin all add hefty premiums onto the sticker.

If you’d rather buy a normal phone – and several holidays to boot – then check out our smartphone group test video:

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