Sales of Nokia’s super-deluxe Vertu range of handsets have slowed dramatically, an analyst claims, in the latest blow for the beleaguered phone-maker.
According to a tweet from Eldar Murtazin of Mobile Review, who has frequently broken exclusive news of matters down at Espoo, weakening demand for the line of handmade, blingtacular kits has already prompted a major Russian retailer to reassess its position as one of Vertu's most prominent supporters in the land of absurdly moneyed oligarchs.
Murtazin stated: “Vertu under the fire [sic]. Biggest russian retailer Euroset who managed some Vertu boutique going to stop this business. Sales aren't good.”
News of developments comes after earlier this year Murtazin forecast that Nokia could attempt to breathe fresh life into the line new handsets running Windows Phone 7.5, aka Mango.
However, with nary a sign since that this strategy is being pursued, the future does indeed look decidedly uncertain for a range that, by bringing us everything from an on board concierge service to precious metal shells, epitomised the best and worst of pre-credit crunch smartphone excess.
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