The smartphone is perhaps the most useful invention of the digital age. While the latest ones are crazy expensive, some smartphones cost millions of dollars.
The invention of the mobile device eased communication between people. Besides its use as a communication channel, brands have tried to set their smartphones apart by using various distinctive features. From cheap to expensive, smartphones are reasonably-priced gadgets that don’t put a big dent in a man’s pockets. Customers look for an exemplary user interface and comfort when buying a phone and comparing prices. However, several phones in the market have added luxury, making them cost a fortune.
Smartphones today are priced based on their specifications. However, the high-end smartphones cost depending on their rarity and the materials used to design the phone’s body. From gold to diamonds, the designers spare no expense to create the most astonishing smartphones. Made for the elite, here are the eight most insanely priced smartphones of 2021.
8 iPhone Princess Plus ($176,400)
Austrian designer Peter Aloissan created the body of the iPhone Princess Plus that costs a whopping $176,400. It is made from 18-carat white gold and 318 diamonds. The phone is named princess as there are 138 princess cut diamonds used while the others are brilliant-cut diamonds. The diamonds are encrusted in the home button and Apple logo of the phone. Released in 2007, the iPhone Princess Plus is still one of the most expensive smartphones in 2021.
7 Vertu Signature Cobra ($310,000)
British luxury hand-made phone retailer Vertu launched the Signature Cobra cell phone in 2017 that costs $310,000. As stated by Deccan Chronicle, the most distinctive feature of the phone is the snake figure wounded around the edges. Made from 439 rubies, the snake’s eyes on the phone are made from emeralds. The 288-part phone is assembled in the UK, and only eight such units have been manufactured. It offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage with a talk time of 5.5 hours.
6 Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot ($1 Million)
With a price tag of $1 million, Gresso-designed Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot is one of the most expensive phones on the list. Only three units have been manufactured to date, and they have a unique number engraved on them. Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot’s back panel is made from the wood of a 200-year-old African tree, and over 180 grams of gold and black diamonds weighing 45.5 carats have been used. The keys of the phone are polished with seventeen sapphires.
5 iPhone 3G Kings Button ($2.5 million)
Once again, Peter Aloisson created one of the most luxurious pieces ever made with the iPhone 3G Kings Button. With a price tag of $2.5 million, the phone comprises 18-carat white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold. The white gold strip on the outline of the phone is made of 138 brilliant-cut diamonds. The name ‘Kings Button’ is inspired by the home button, which is replaced by a 6.6-carat single-cut diamond, as mentioned by Marketing 91.
4 iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition ($8 million)
This iPhone 4 is designed by Stuart Huges and is one of the most striking phones on the list. According to Luxe Habitat, it is made from solid rose gold, as the name suggests, 500 diamonds that measure 100 carats. Apple’s logo on the phone features 53 diamonds, whereas the home button has a 7.2-carat single-cut pink diamond to finish the look. The iPhone Diamond Rose Edition costs a whopping $8 million.
3 iPhone 4s Elite Gold ($9.4 million)
The third most expensive phone globally is the iPhone 4s Elite Gold, and it is also designed by Stuart Huges. This hand-made phone features 500 diamonds that add up to more than 100 carats. The logo features 53 diamonds, and the home button is replaced with an 8.6-carat diamond. The phone also comes with a 7.4-carat replacement diamond in case the owner misplaces the previous one. The platinum chest features original T-Rex bones and rare stones like Opal, Quartz, and Star Stone.
2 iPhone 5 Black Diamond ($15.3 million)
Another Stuart Huges creation, this masterpiece required nine weeks of labor for completion. The $15.3 million price tag is due to the 24-carat solid gold weighing 135 grams used to make the phone. The sapphire glass and 600 white diamond chassis add grandiose to the handset. The home button has a 26-carat deep single-cut black diamond. The owner of the black diamond, a Chinese businessman, was commissioned to make this phone, as noted by First Post.
1 Falcon’s Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond ($48.5 million)
The most expensive mobile phone globally is a customized iPhone 6 created by US luxury brand Falcon. The main reason for the $48.5 million price tag is the huge pink diamond encrusted on the back. It features hack protection features and platinum coating with an 18-carat gold case. The phone is owned by Nita Ambani, wife of Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani, one of the richest men in Asia.
The staggering price tags of these smartphones that exist today are more than the flagship models sold anywhere in the world. Some of the other notable smartphones include the Goldstriker 3G Supreme and Diamond Crypto Smartphone that also cost a fortune. These insanely expensive smartphones go way beyond necessity and have become prized possessions for their owners.