Nokia will revitalise its Vertu range of super high-end handsets with a range powered by Windows Phone Mango, one of the smartphone sector’s most influential analysts has claimed.
Aimed at Russian oligarchs and Premier League footballers, Vertu mobile phones are handmade and typically feature precious metals and plenty of bling. Vertu phone owners also benefit from a concierge service via a hot key on their handset that puts them through to a team of ‘fixers’ who’ll book accommodation, restaurants and whathaveyou on their clients’ behalf.
However, until now all the phones have run Nokia’s creaky Symbian platform, meaning that, for all Vertu smarties’ razzle dazzle, they were often only a fraction as impressive under the hood.
That could be about to change, though. If an unsubstantiated tweet from Mobile Review editor Eldar Murtazin is to be believed, that is.
According to Murtazin, who it must be said has a sound record in breaking Nokia news, forthcoming Vertu models will swap Symbian for Microsoft’s Windows modish tile based user interface.
The move could certainly give superannuated Vertu kits a new lease of life. And not just by bringing them in line with mass-market smartphones for speed and features.
They also promise to shake up the phones in the looks department, allowing them to move away from trad-dad candy bar form factors to the front-facing buttonless devices that are apparently on the way with the latest Mango version of the Windows Phone platform.