10 expensive luxury smartphones
1. RIM BlackBerry P'9981 Porsche Design
If you can afford owning a Porsche, the RIM BlackBerry P'9981 might interest you. Envisioned by Porsche Design, it is a luxury piece of technology that you can use to show off your social status. Or disrespect for trending technology.
2. Lamborghini TL700
Another smartphone endorsed by a sports car maker, the Lamborghini TL700 is an Android offering that will impress you with its design, and definitely not with its specs sheet. It sports a 3.7-inch WVGA touchscreen, a 5-megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 comes pre-loaded. Let's hope they have covered the handset with enough gold to make up for its mid-range hardware.
3. Tag Heuer Link
Underneath the 1007 diamonds totaling 2.53 carats lies an Android smartphone with a 3.5-inch WVGA display and a 5-megapixel main camera. The device is water-tight and shock-resistant, but above all, it is a celebration of Swiss craftsmanship.
Price: Available upon request, from $6,700 for models with no diamonds
4. Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin
What happens when you take a Nexus S and cover it with bling? Well, that is exactly what the Mobiado Grand Touch Aston Martin is. This luxury smartphone is available in five different trims featuring sapphire crystal and precious metals.
Price: Available upon request
5. Vertu Constellation T
The Vertu Constellation T is the company's first touchscreen smartphone sporting 3.5 inches of display real estate. It runs Symbian, which is no surprise given that the luxury phone maker still belongs to Nokia (yet not for much longer). Pricing depends on how sparkly you want yours to be.
Price: $6000 - 16000
6. Continental Mobiles iPhone 4S
If you can afford dropping eleven grand on an iPhone, this hand-tailored, diamond-covered iPhone 4S might catch your eye. As an added bonus, the handset is complimented with a smooth, silk finish of Platinum.
7. Goldgenie Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S
As the name suggests, Goldgenie is a company that is pretty good at covering gadgets with precious metals. Gadgets like the iPhone 4S, for example, which is available in Gold, Rose Gold, or Platinum, with some diamonds thrown in for good measure. But the crème de la crème is the Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S, which is beautified using the purest gold that can be crafted.
8. Gresso Lady Blanche iPhone 4
Obviously, the Lady Blanche iPhone 4 by Gresso is made for ladies with exquisite taste. In addition to the white diamonds, the back of the smartphone is graced by three real, Swiss-made clocks that give the time in New York, Paris, and Moscow.
9. Dior Reveries Haute Couture
If you are spending a six-digit figure on a smartphone, you probably don't really care what platform it runs. However, we do care. This here is an Android handset made with a lot of help from LG. Only 99 of these diamond, pearl, and what not encrusted pieces of artwork have been made.
10. Ulysse Nardin Chairman diamond edition
Here it is, folks! Probably the most expensive smartphone that money can buy. And it runs Android. An astonishing 3,000 gems totaling 17 carats cover this piece of jewelry that can also make phone calls. In case you are wondering, the handset comes with a 3.2-inch touchscreen, 8-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage, and a fingerprint reader for owner identification.