Photo - (From left) Thomas Blanloeil; VERTU Wholesale Manager; Arnaud De Schuytter; VERTU General Manager of ASPAC; Richard Yong; VERTU Managing Director of SEAP; and Suraj Menon, VP Marketing-Valiram Group.
A luxury Android phone - Vertu Ti - has been unveiled in Malaysia for the first time as a result of a partnership between Malaysian retailer Valiram Group with British luxury phone manufacturer Vertu.
Vertu general manager Arnaud De Schuytter introduced the device during a media event in the Vertu boutique at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur shopping mall.
The device's robustness is due to a 3.7-inch sapphire screen and titanium case, and shares similar features as well as battery pack to Nokia's Lumia 920. Nokia originally established Vertu in the UK in 1998, though Vertu is now privately-owned.
In addition to a 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera, the model's operating system is Android 4.0 and is powered by a dual-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 processor with 1GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with expandable memory via microSD up to 32GB.
With a general retail price of about RM33,150 (US$10,900) for a base model, the Vertu Ti is handmade by a single craftsman from 184 parts.
The Valiram Group, established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1935, offers 150 brands of luxury items through more than a 100 stores throughout Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia and China.
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