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Bentley Uses Craftsmanship Skills to Create $17,000 Smartphone

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/14/2014 Erick Ayapana

Bentley has just unveiled what could be the best and most expensive accessory to go along with your Mulsanne or Continental. Released today is the new Bentley smartphone that carries a price tag of $17,100, just a tad cheaper than a new 2015 Volkswagen Golf.

Bentley partnered with Vertu, which specializes in luxury smartphones. The collaboration is expected to last five years. Vertu For Bentley Smartphone Quilted Leather© Provided by MotorTrend Vertu For Bentley Smartphone Quilted Leather

So why does the Bentley smartphone command such as high price? For starters, there’s the craftsmanship, which all takes place at Vertu’s headquarters in Church Crookham, England. The body is constructed of lightweight and strong titanium that features diamond-pattern knurling on the side. Sapphire crystal is used for the scratch-proof screen, while diamond-pattern leather encases much of the smartphone’s body.

The hardware is substantial as well. Along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.3-GHz quad-core processor (Android operating system), the phone features 64 gigabytes of internal memory and wireless charging capability. The audio system was developed in partnership with Bang & Olufsen, while Hasselblad assisted with the 13-megapixel main camera. The phone, which comes preloaded with a number of Vertu and Bentley apps, will be limited to a production run of just 2000 units.

Source: Bentley

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