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Vertu Constellation Adds aptX® Low Latency Support for Seamless Wireless Audio Streaming

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Press release date: December 13, 2013

Highest audio quality a necessity for luxury smartphone brand

Cambridge, UK and San Jose, California, USA – CSR plc (LSE: CSR; NASDAQ: CSRE) today announces that Vertu, the world’s foremost luxury mobile phone manufacturer, has chosen CSR’s aptX® Low Latency audio compression codec to ensure its latest smartphone, the Constellation, delivers high-quality Bluetooth® stereo audio, with a delay of under 40ms. This ensures seamless audio/video synchronisation for video and gaming as well as providing the high quality wireless listening experience that aptX users have come to expect.

The handset, now available at selected stores, allows users to stream audio over a Bluetooth connection to aptX-enabled wireless speakers and headsets, while maintaining CD-like audio quality that is crisp and clean.

“Vertu places great emphasis on craftsmanship, engineering and technology” said Massimiliano Pogliani, Vertu’s Chief Executive Officer. “We aim to deliver a unique sensory experience to our customers and by choosing aptX, we are ensuring that they will enjoy a superior wireless listening experience when playing audio from their Vertu Constellation.”

“The Constellation is an exciting luxury product whose owners will have high expectations,” says Anthony Murray, Senior Vice President, Business Group at CSR. “It is a visually striking device made from high quality materials, so the audio quality needs to be just as impressive. The aptX logo is a sure sign that the phone will deliver on this front and the fact that Vertu has chosen to support it is a reflection that the technology is the audio codec of choice for high-end consumer devices.”

The prestigious brand is the latest to join the ever-expanding aptX ecosystem, a community that now boasts over 200 high-profile manufacturers such as Samsung, Sony, Monster and SMS Audio. These manufacturers all use aptX across a range of audio devices including smartphones, tablets, wireless speakers and headsets to enhance the wireless listening experience.

About CSR
CSR is a global provider of innovative silicon and software solutions for the location-aware, media-rich, cloud-connected world. Our platforms are optimised for the automotive navigation and infotainment, digital cameras and imaging, connected home infotainment and wireless audio markets. We provide solutions to complex problems in the audio-visual, connectivity and location technology domains across a broad range of markets, with a technology portfolio that includes GPS/GNSS systems, Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, FM, NFC, aptX® and CVC™ audio codecs, JPEG, MPEG, H.264 imaging, PDL printing, microcontrollers, DSPs and broadband receivers. CSR's technology solutions and market platforms enable its customers to deliver a superior user experience and are adopted by leaders in the auto, computer, home and mobile markets. More information can be found at www.csr.com. Keep up to date with CSR on our technical blog or CSR people blog, YouTube, Facebook or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CSR_plc.

About Vertu
Vertu aims to deliver the world’s best luxury mobile phone experience for its customers by combining expert craftsmanship and peerless materials with innovative technology and unique services. Today, Vertu leads the market that it pioneered over a decade ago.

The Vertu range of mobile phones is made up of three distinct models – Vertu Ti, Signature and Constellation. Vertu mobile phones are handmade in Hampshire, England using the world’s finest materials, with each one assembled by a single craftsman.

Vertu is renowned for its curated services; a suite of carefully selected exclusive offers, content and assistance especially selected to enhance the Vertu customer’s lifestyle. Vertu CONCIERGE is available on Vertu Signature and Vertu Ti models and offers luxury lifestyle assistance and enrichment from a team that is on-hand 24/7 to facilitate your every request. Vertu LIFE offers personalised recommendations and privileged access to experiences and events. Vertu CERTAINTY delivers security for customers, their data and their phones.

Vertu is available from around 500 stores, including 70 Vertu Boutiques, in 66 countries.

For more information please visit www.vertu.com.

For more information contact:

US:
Nate Hubbell
March Communications
+1 (617) 960-9875
csr@marchpr.com

UK:
Russell Lindsey
Rocket Communications
+44(0)845 370 7024
csr@rocketcomms.net
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