10 Most Expensive Smartphones in the World

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By: Jayesh shewale

We are a heavily tech-focused society and smartphones have almost become commonplace across the world. While it does seem most phones are interchangeable save for a few operational details, there are some that are on a completely different level.

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Originally an offshoot of Nokia, Vertu is an acclaimed luxury phone brand, and the Signature Cobra may just be their finest work.

Vertu Signature Cobra

- $310,000

Vertu Signature Cobra

Designed by French jewelers Boucheron, the phone has been put together by hand to give it an extra artisanal touch and is limited to just eight pieces worldwide. The body is gold-plated and the most distinctive element is the jewelled cobra that winds its way around the handset, comprising solid gold, white diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

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Swedish brand goldvish crafted something quite unique with this piece, which is evident just from looking at it.

Goldvish Revolution

- $488,150

Goldvish Revolution

Swapping out the squarish designs of most phones for something more rounded gives it an appealing shape, and the phone features materials including white gold, rose gold, leather, diamonds and sapphire glass. It even has a detachable analog watch for extra uniqueness. There are only 32 pieces in the world, and no doubt these will become even more exclusive with time.

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Made from a combination of gold and black diamonds (totalling 45.5 carats), this phone is a jackpot indeed.

Gresso Las Vegas Jackpot

$1 million

Gresso Las Vegas Jackpot

The beautiful rear panel of the phone is made of wood from a 200-year old African tree and the keys feature 17 laser-etched sapphires that have been polished by hand. Only three phones were ever made and each has a unique number engraved on the wood paneling so you know that you own something truly one-of-a-kind.

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Goldvish Le Million

$1.3 million

Goldvish Le Million

Goldvish makes the list again with this incredible dagger-shaped phone that was at one time a Guinness Record holder for world’s most expensive phone. The body is made out of 18-karat white gold and has been studded with 120 carats of diamonds. Like the Jackpot, Le Million is limited to only three pieces.

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Austrian designer Peter Aloisson designed the Diamond Crypto, which also held the title of world’s most expensive phone on its release.

Diamond Crypto Smartphone

$1.3 million

Gresso Las Vegas Jackpot

The phone is made of platinum, with a rose gold logo and home button, and some wood paneling on the side made of high-qualityMacassar Ebony. The phone gets its name from two key features - it is studded with 50 diamonds, including 10 highly rare blue diamonds, and it features a specially developed encryption technology to keep all its data completely secure.

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Another design by Aloisson and perhaps his most well-known till date, the King's Button features a mix of yellow, white and rose gold, all 18 karat.

iPhone 3G King's Button

$2.5 million

Gresso Las Vegas Jackpot

The white gold takes the form of a strip running along the borders of the phone and is studded with 138 diamonds. What makes this phone truly stand out is of course, the ‘King's Button’ itself, which takes the form of a 6.6 carat diamond that replaces the home button.

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The Goldstriker shares many similarities with the Kings Button, but takes those similarities to a different level.

Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme

$3.2 million

Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme

For one, British designer Stuart Hughes uses 22 karat gold in his design, along with 136 diamonds studded around the edge of the phone and a further 53 diamonds forming the Apple logo.The home button is replaced by a diamond yet again, but this one is a whopping 7.1 carats. And if that weren’t grand enough, the phone comes in a box made from a single piece of granite and embellished with leather and Kashmir gold.

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This is yet another Stuart Hughes creation and there are only two such pieces in the whole world and each one is a bespoke piece.

iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition

$8 million

iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition

The phone is made of rose fold, with 500 diamonds for a total of 100 carats, plus 53 diamonds on the Apple logo. As with the previous two entries, this phone features a diamond in place of the home button, but ups the ante with a pink diamond coming in at 7.4 carats. It also comes in a granite presentation box, like the Goldstriker.

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Stuart Hughes has perhaps cornered the luxury iPhone market, as this is his third piece on the list of most expensive phones and is only one step below the top spot.

iPhone 4S Elite Gold

$9.4 million

iPhone 4S Elite Gold

This spectacular phone is handmade and customised, with 500 diamonds around the edge, making up 100 carats in total. The rear panel of the phone and the Apple logo are both made of 24 karat solid gold. The logo also features 53 diamond, and going one step beyond his previous two creations, this one has a stunning 8.6 carat diamond forming the home button.

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This custom iPhone was first produced in 2004 and despite all the came after it, continues to rule the roost as the world’s most expensive smartphone.

Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond

$48.5 million

Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond

The design is fairly simple compared to its competitors, with a 24 karat gold exterior that is also available in rose gold and platinum variations. The centrepiece of the phone, quite literally, is a large pink diamond embedded in the rear panel. While certainly not as ornate as one of the phones by Stuart Hughes, for example, the rarity of this phone is what takes its price to more than 5 times that of the second most expensive.