Mobile phones have come a long way since the days of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X. Over the years, new technologies on these devices have merged with gold and gemstones, leading to this list of the world’s most expensive phones.
Smartphones come at different prices depending on the brand, feature, and capabilities. Companies like Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi have dominated the smartphone market with high-quality phone lineups with superior capabilities.
Unfortunately, those devices don’t exactly stand out in a crowd. That’s why we’re going to explore the world’s most expensive phones and look into the features that justify their hefty price tags.
1. Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond — $48.5 million
You might not believe it, but this phone costs a whopping $48.5 million! The Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond represents luxury at its best. It was released in 2004 by the now-defunct luxury goods company Falcon Luxury Group.
The Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond is coated with your choice of precious metals and features a bezel adorned with rare pink and blue diamonds. The highlight is the phone’s rear panel, which sports a large pink diamond in the center.
While this smartphone has a luxurious design, its 8MP camera will make you question its hefty price. When released, this handset was aimed at people with money to burn, and while we can’t confirm if anyone bought one, it’s still the most expensive phone to exist.
- Platinum, 18-carat gold, or 24-carat gold
- A massive, emerald-cut pink 16.2-carat diamond
- An array of rare blue diamonds
2. Stuart Hughes iPhone 4S Elite Gold — $7.5 million
Stuart Hughes is no stranger to the world of luxury goods. The designer specializes in producing high-end tech and luxury goods, from yachts to USB sticks and smartphones. The second spot on our list of the world’s most expensive phones comes from his brand with the iPhone 4S Elite.
This glorious device is decked out with 500 flawless diamonds, totaling more than 100 carats. They are mainly around the sides, although the button and Apple logo are also bejeweled. That navigation button also had a large stone with an 8.6-carat single-cut diamond.
As a bonus, this smartphone comes with a 7.4-carat pink diamond you can switch out and custom packaging. The chest features pieces of dinosaur bone along with various stones like Opal, Star Sunstone, and Pietersite. The iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition is a variant of this handset with a 6.3 million dollar price tag and different packaging.
- 24-carat gold with more than 500 flawless diamonds
- 8.6-carat and 7.4-carat diamonds for the navigation button
- Custom box with dinosaur bones and gemstones
- Only two models were produced
3. Stuart Hughes iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose — $2.4 million
The second gadget from Stuart Hughes to make the list of the world’s most expensive phones (for now) is the iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose edition smartphone. It’s older than the golden iPhone 4 but with just as much style and plenty of diamonds.
As with the 4S Elite Gold, the navigation button on this handset has a single diamond. It’s a 7.1-carat stone with a rose gold mount. There are 130 flawless .75-carat diamonds around the device’s platinum bezel. It gives the Supreme Rose a nice two-tone style as the back panel is 18-carat rose gold with 53 diamonds.
Crafted from a single piece of granite and decorated with leather and Kashmiri gold, the box is definitely distinctive. Lucky and incredibly rich buyers of this smartphone will also receive an Ostrich foot wallet.
- 7.1-carat single-cut diamond
- Platinum bezel with 130 diamonds
- 18-carat rose gold rear panel
- Custom box and ostrich wallet
4. Diamond Crypto Smartphone — $1.3 million
The Diamond Crypto Smartphone is an elegant phone with an incredible design and build quality. It was produced by Peter Aloisson, an Austrian designer and accessories maker known for making luxurious devices.
With a 1.3 million dollar price tag, this handset has a solid platinum body along with some heft. There are panels made from Macassar Ebony and 50 diamonds around the slides and the main button of the device. There are ten blue diamonds on the handset, and while it doesn’t come with theft protection, it does have additional security.
This dated device may not be any more technologically advanced than the other handsets on our list, but it comes with additional encryption tech. Details on that are still vague, but the handset itself is certainly unique.
- Solid Platinum chassis with 50 diamonds
- Ten rare blue diamonds
- Encryption technology
5. Goldvish Le Million — $1.3 million
Goldvish is a brand associated with luxury phones for those who can afford to pay the price. The Goldvish Le Million is a million-dollar phone in every sense of the word and has the most unique form factor to make our list.
To say this phone has a unique design would be an understatement. It resembles a bejeweled dagger of sorts with a small display and more than 100 diamonds. 18-carat gold is used throughout the design, which varies to a degree depending on the version of the Goldvish Le Million.
Like many of the world’s most expensive phones, the Le Million is a vintage basic phone with no real smart features to speak of. The company only produced three of these expensive handsets, and two were apparently sold.
- Over 150 diamonds
- Only three phones exist
- Premium gold chassis
6. Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot — $1 million
As the name suggests, this phone is truly a jackpot, made from a combination of the finest materials. It’s a product from Gresso, a company known for putting an expensive spin on smartphones.
The Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot phone is a work of art. The phone’s rear panel is crafted from wood sourced from a 200-year-old African tree surrounded by 18-carat gold. Black diamonds and a considerable amount of gold adorn along with laser-etched sapphires.
It has a distinct style but also has dumbed-down hardware like most golden handsets. Gresso only produced three of these devices, each with a unique number on the back of the blackwood panel.
- Custom 18-carat gold case
- Black diamonds
- Rare sapphires
- African Blackwood rear panel
7. Vertu Signature Cobra — $504,000
The luxury brand Vertu released the Cobra from their Signature Collection in 2006 in collaboration with French jeweler Boucheron. The company artistically assembled this phone by hand in the UK, and it carries a hefty price tag.
A cobra consisting of 439 rubies and two emeralds for the eyes guards this stunning phone. Next to its head is a 2.02-carat diamond, and there’s another 1.02-carat diamond resting within its coils. The keypad is just as classy as the body. According to the company, it took four years to create the ruby pads.
Vertu’s handset is currently one of the most expensive phones in the world and one of two devices on our list you may actually find if you have enough cash. Eight editions of the phone exist, and one is still in stock with a price of a little over $500,000.
- 439 rubies and two emeralds for the cobra’s eyes
- A 2.02-carat diamond near the head and a 1.02-carat diamond in its coils
- Currently still on the market
8. Stuart Hughes iPhone 15 Pro Platinum & Black Diamond Time Edition — $37,892
Stuart Hughes is one of the few designers on our list still going strong. The Platinum & Diamond Time Edition phone is one of his newest creations and a smartphone that will still be relevant for years to come.
Stuart used an iPhone 15 Pro as the canvas for this intriguing device. 300 grams of solid platinum are used in the case, which is engraved by hand. You can find 200 black diamonds around the rear camera array, but there’s no Apple logo on this handset. A Tourbillion timepiece replaces that famous logo while adding a unique twist to the smartphone.
At around $38,000, the Platinum & Black Diamond Time Edition iPhone 15 is affordable compared to other options on our list. It comes with a custom wooden box and COA but isn’t as adorned with jewels as 4S Elite or Supreme Rose.
- 300 grams of solid platinum
- 200 black diamonds
- Custom wooden box
Phones in this class are aimed at a different audience than your average consumer and are often used as a way to drum up publicity for a brand or event. While these phones are a sight to behold, most aren’t the type of handset you would purchase today, even if you are filthy rich. Smartphones like the Pro Platinum from Stuart Hughes are an exception, and while expensive, it’s a device that definitely won’t feel dated.
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