This Week’s Chitter Chatter – the £4,000 Smartphone, New Phones from Blackberry & Nokia and Britain’s Smartest Road

constellation_039c_2691338aThink you’ve got a premium smartphone. Think again, because Vertu, the UK based luxury smartphone maker, has just released its latest model – the Constellation. And it will set you back £4,000.

What do you get for your money? Well, a sapphire crystal display, which is resistant to scratching from anything other than diamond, and grade 5 titanium casing, which is two and a half times stronger than stainless steel yet only half the weight. It’s also swathed in high quality calf leather. But it’s not just about build quality and finish – the Constellation also features a portfolio of melodic ringtones especially composed for Vertu and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

Talking of new phones, Blackberry has just launched their latest handset – the Z30. And it’s a pretty impressive handset to boot. Spec-wise, the Z30 has a 5-inch screen, similar in size to phones like the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One and it comes with Super AMOLED technology, offering 1280 x 720 pixels at 295ppi .The processor is dual-core with 2GB of RAM, and the battery has had a significant upgrade from the Z10. What’s more, it’s running the latest verion of BB10, which is slicker and faster than its predecessor. Make no mistake, the Z30 is right up there with the top smartphones available and is well worthy of your consideration.

One new smartphone that has yet broken the light of day (at least not officially) is the Nokia Lumia 1520. It’s Nokia’s first foray into the ‘phablet’ market – the 1520 has a 6-inch Full HD display, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and boasts a chunky 32 GB of built-in memory and 2GB of RAM As you’d expect from a Nokia, it also sports an impressive camera – in this case a 20-megapixel rear PureView with Carl Zeiss lens. We’re expecting the 1520 to be revealed in an offical even on October 22.

And finally, ever wanted to browse the internet when driving along the the A14 between Felixstowe and Cambridge? No? Well soon you’ll be able to as the A14 is set to become Britain’s first ‘smart road.’ The road will be able transmit data on traffic movement and messages could then be sent to the mobile phones of passing drivers about upcoming traffic – handy. However, slightly scarily, the technology could even pave the way for the Government to automatically control car speeds. Let’s hope not, eh.