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Phone brand Bonkers returns with $41,000 blockchain phone • The Register

Vertu, the premium luxury phone brand that started as the brainchild of Nokia, METAVERTU, has launched the “world’s first Web3 phone”.

The device, which supposedly integrates smart terminals, crypto-mining nodes, separate operating systems for NFTs and blockchain, high-end service, and any other buzzwords you can think of into a single phone, comes with prices ranging from a no-frills version of $3,300 to a leather version. Himalayan crocodile in 18 karat gold and diamonds, $41,500.

Metavertu Himalayas crocodile leather 18k gold and diamonds

For the record, the iPhone 14 Pro and Galaxy S22+ cost around $1,000 each.

“We define METAVERTU as a phone, power bank, 10TB hard disk, dual system device, optical node, NFT pass-through holder, and privacy guardian,” The company said.

The Vertu brand started out as a thought exercise about whether a phone was as much a luxury status symbol as a bag, sunglasses or a car. This took the brand so far as it bounced back from parent company to parent company, eventually making its way to voluntary liquidation under Baferton Ltd. Based in Cyprus, the company now appears to have been revived under the management of Chengdu VERTU Business Management Co. Ltd.

The new METAVERTU brand takes into account the nature of the original Vertu product and takes it one step further – to simulate an environment in which the user feels acquainted with an unrecognizable but high-fashion world at the door.

As stated in the company press release:

Reg It can only be assumed that they are referring to Apple’s iPhone and this video:

Youtube video

The phone’s appeal, besides its apparent opulence, may be for those who want to trade and mine cryptocurrencies, especially Ethereum, while turning snapshots of houseplants or party selfies into NFT “art”.

With one click you can switch between Web2.0 and Web3.0 capabilities, Vertu said.

The company has released tutorials on how to do both Create Crypto Wallets And the Convert images to NFTsBut beware, the marketing budget seems to be exhausted due to the “impressive video”.

As for the stuff inside, it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8Gen1 4nm 5G chip and an A5 “privacy” chip.

There is a version with 18GB RAM + 1TB ROM + 10TB IPFS storage, so no one needs to delete the videos they took on a weekend private jet trip to the Maldives.

The phone has a 64-megapixel sensor with optical image stabilization, a 50-megapixel ultrawide secondary camera, and a third 8-megapixel camera. Of course there is also a 16-megapixel selfie camera.

The 6.67-inch, 72.5-degree AMOLED curved screen has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 and refreshes at 144Hz. Everything is 161.9 x 73.2 x 9.85 mm. By comparison, the iPhone 14 is 146.7 x 71.5 x 7.8 mm.

The 4600mAh battery takes just 20 minutes to charge up to 90 percent via 55W wired charging and there is 15W wireless charging for additional charges.

When it comes to IT, the company promises point-to-point encrypted communications with VTalk so one can “leave your secrets here”.

Users also get VPASS, a crypto-related notification service, or like Vertu put it“Real-time multi-chain data analysis and automated execution tool service for Web 3 users, enabling them to identify new market opportunities, take action, make informed trading decisions, and bring freedom one step further.”

There is also “comprehensive asset protection” for cryptocurrency wallets, but how this works remains a mystery. We asked the company for details about its security and business history. ®


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