We first got the heads-up back in October, and now it's actually happened.
Luxury phone maker Vertu, until recently owned by Nokia, is about to do what the Finns decided against (and what many still feel it should have done): it's releasing its first Android smartphone.
Japan's Blog of Mobile has outed some of the Vertu Ti's specs, plus a couple of images, and while it's certainly new ground for Vertu in terms of the OS under the surface, in two ways it's very much classic Vertu.
First of all, it's likely to be expensive – some are saying €3,000, though that's by no means confirmed. And second, it's a little behind the cutting edge, running as it does only Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich rather than the newer Jelly Bean.
As Unwired View points out, however, the rest of the Vertu Ti's credentials have a surprising degree of Nokia-ness to them.
The biggest hint comes from its Bluetooth certification, which reveals the model name RM-828V. Compare that to the latest high-end Nokia's, the Lumia 920 (RM-820 and RM-822) and Lumia 820 (RM-824 and RM-826), and there's little doubt that the hardware in question has its roots very much in Espoo's general direction.
Then there's the 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor (the same as the Lumia pair), while Blog of Mobile also reports it as having a 4.3in 800 x 480 display, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi and an alarmingly limited 1,250mAh battery.
Vertu itself has since confirmed it'll be making a major press announcement on February 12, so we assume we'll find out more about the Vertu Ti then, including clarification on the price and when it'll be available. Like I can actually afford one...