The fact that Nokia-owned Vertu is able to sell enough cellphones with high four- and five-figure price tags to justify its existence to its parent company is amazing in its own right, but what’s even more amazing is that none of them have a touchscreen (in fact, it didn’t even have a smartphone at all until the Constellation Quest was announced late last year). Thanks to a just-filed Bluetooth certification, we now know that’s about to change with the Constellation T.
Unlike most Vertus, the Constellation T seems to have specs that can compete head-to-head with the more plebeian smartphones that most of us use: on top of a pentaband HSPA radio, it’s got an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, 32GB of onboard storage, and a 3.5-inch nHD AMOLED display likely picked out of the Nokia N8 parts bin. Odds are very good that it’s running either Symbian Anna or Belle with a heavily-customized Vertu skin, though we don’t have any shots of it turned on. Interestingly, a Bloomberg story on Vertu’s success from a few days ago pegs the company’s “first touchscreen device” for an October launch, so there’s little doubt that this is it. Tycoons, get out your checkbooks.