Vertu’s Ayxta foldable 5G supported phone is “luxury”, but expensive

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It could be yours for five times the price of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2.

The target demographic of Vertu has never been the regular person, and this time is no different. Ayxta Fold 5G is a badly concealed Royole FlexPai 2 with a leather back, and the luxury of owning it costs no less than $7,100.

Any moment you think that Vertu has actually thrown into the towel, the organisation manages to make another superlative announcement. This time, however, the sluggish economic growth and the global scarcity of semiconductors are reshaping market behaviour.

Vertu’s latest premium phone is of a foldable kind, with the company’s usual style changes and OS changes, all at a price that would make most buyers run away. Essentially, it is Royole FlexPai 2, the sequel to the first foldable phone that has hit the industry, and also an upgrade over the original in terms of how the app interfaces with the hardware. But in the land of Vertu, it’s the Ayxta Fold 5G, a luxury handset with surprisingly little in the way of luxurious craftsmanship or unusual materials.

The monitor is a modest 7.8-inch, 1920 x1440 OLED screen, marginally lower than what you’ll see in Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2 or Huawei’s Mate X2. The internals are definitely mid-range, with Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform combined with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. The camera package features a 64-megapixel primary photographer, a 32-megapixel selfie camera, an ultra-wide 16-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel 3x optical zoom sensor.

All these components are powered by a 4.450 mAh battery, much like the original Royole FlexPai 2. You’re still curious at this stage what exactly Vertu did to make this phone more than just a rebrand. The response is fairly simple—-adds calfskin leather on the back cover, and instals its own Android skin.

If you’d ever be interested in this handset, the price is an eye-watering $7,100, which is actually reduced from the usual $15,500 price. But if you’re like this crypto enthusiast who can afford to integrate a mining rig into your sports car’s trunk, this phone could potentially be the best fashion statement you can buy. That is, if you may import it from China, since at the time of writing there is no word on foreign supply.

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