Enough of these entry-level devices, such as the Lumia 630
and the Moto E
! Good riddance to Samsung-like faux leather, as well! Let's turn our tech-savvy heads to a league of devices that most of us will probably never ever see in reality, let alone possess – the world of extravagant, exquisite, and luxurious phones!
Several days ago, Vertu unveiled its latest luxurious
smartphone – the $11,300 Signature Touch
. Apart from screaming "Premium!"
out loud, the posh device also comes with surprisingly adequate hardware specs in tow, which put it pretty much on par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4
, the HTC One
, and the LG G2
. It's one of the first luxurious smartphones we've seen that has the potential to offer decent performance as per 2013/2014's standards. At least on paper, that is.
The Vertu Signature Touch made us really curious if any other ritzy and lush smartphones could offer similar... bang for the buck. Jokes aside, we made a pick of several luxurious devices, which have a feature in common – apart from sporting an ample amount of pizzazz, all of them allow their owners to make regular phone calls, too.
Of course, if you can afford one of these and you are perfectly fine with spending an incredibly large sum of money on such an exquisite electronic device, then you probably already have a horde of personal assistants that take care of your phone calls and correspondence. Thus, the following gadgets serve an altogether different function – they are to be viewed as status symbols and not like regular electronic companions.
Ladies and gents, behold the creme de la creme
of luxurious phones!
10 luxurious and extravagant phones that will (probably) break your bank account
10 luxurious and extravagant phones that will (probably) break your bank account
1. Gresso Radical collection - $2,500
The Gresso Radical is one of the cheaper luxurious devices on our list. It's made of very strong titanium alloy, which is mostly used in the aerospace industry and for the production of biomedical implants. The smartphone comes with a logo on the front, which could be made of titanium, white, or regular gold. Its hardware specs are not very impressive, as it sports a quad-core SoC, clocked at 1.2GHz, an 8MP camera, and, weirdly, support for 2 SIM cards, which is mostly typical for certain entry-level devices. The Gresso Radical's price ranges from $2,500 to $3000, depending on the logo plate material.
2. Tonino Lamborghini Antares - $4,000
Parvenu gearheads with a lot of spare cash to spend and regular 8-year olds boys are certainly eyeing the Antares with pleasure. This exquisite Android device is the perfect companion for Lamborghini devotees, as its exterior is heavily inspired by existing Lamborghini supercars, such as the Aventador and the Veneno. It's made of stainless steel and leather, comes with a 1.5GHz quad-core SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a built-in Yamaha audio amplifier. The box that it ships in is a piece of art, too. The Tonino Lamborghini Antares is among the more “affordable” devices in the list – it costs $4,000, probably because it doesn't come with any diamonds.
3. Tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite - $5,000
One would normally expect an exquisite smartphone to come with a curious innovation on board, but that is the case with the tag Heuer Meridiist Infinite. This curious device comes with a tiny photovoltaic layer on its display, which grabs whatever natural or artificial light and charges the phone. Interesting, right? The Meridiist Infinite is made of titanium, rubber, and carbon. Only 1911 units of the extravagant device will be manufactured. It will set you back roughly $5,000 – you'll get a 2.4-inch display, a 5MP camera and 8GB of internal storage for this sum of money.
4. Mobiado Grand Touch Executive - $6,500
The Mobiado Touch Executive is undoubtedly among the most curious Android smartphones that have ever existed. Not that it sports some ultra-innovative tech, no. The uncommon build materials are what make the Touch Executive a unique device – it's made of hybrid wood and stone materials, such as ebony, marble, and granite, to name a few. The on-board mechanism that ejects the SIM card is a piece of art, too. The luxurious Mobiado handsets are priced at roughly $5,000 and will certainly make you stand out among all the Samsungs and iPhones out there.
5. Vertu Ti - $10,000
The Vertu Ti, which got released in 2013, was the company's first handset to run Android and not a version of the Symbian OS. Yes, we are talking about Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich here, but still, the Ti was a milestone device for Vertu, as it was significantly more potent than previous representatives of the luxurious brand. Priced at roughly $10,000, the Vertu Ti is made of titanium, whereas its display is covered with a layer of pretty strong sapphire crystal. Yes, it's one of those super-hard materials that only real diamonds can scratch. The luxurious phone comes with a dual-core Snapdragon S4 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage, but if you are among the potential buyers of the Vertu Ti, then you probably don't care that much about hardware specs.
6. Apple iPhone 4 History Edition - $67,000
This Apple iPhone 4
comes with... a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex tooth embedded in its back cover. We will say that again. A real T-rex tooth is embedded in the back cover of this phone. The rear cover itself is made of meteoritic stone. Both the tooth and the meteorite come from Arizon and are roughly 65 million years old. A layer of white diamonds encircles the sides of this iPhone, while the Apple logo on the back is made pure platinum and diamonds, too. Only 10 units of the posh phone have been made and each of these cost around $67,200. You also get to be the coolest kid on the block, mind you.
7. Ulysse Nardin Chairman collection - $100,000
Coming from a Swiss company that specializes in luxurious mechanical watches, it comes to no surprise that the Ulysse Nardin Chairman bears a lot of resemblances with the maker's other products. The buttons resemble the crown and the pusher buttons of a mechanical watch, while the rear of the phone houses a watch rotor mechanism. Nothing interesting in the hardware compartment, though – it's powered by a Freescale I.MX processor and runs an unspecified version of Android. Interestingly, there is a fingerprint sensor on board of the exquisite smartphone. The Ulysse Nardin Chairman is available in several editions and the most expensive one is priced at more than $100,000, because it's covered in more than 3,000 hand-cut diamonds.
8. GoldVish Equilibrium collection - $109,500
This one comes straight from Switzerland and is one of the first dual-SIM luxurious phones in the world. The GoldVish Equilibrium will cost you between roughly $7,300 to as much as $109,500, depending on the edition you choose. You can choose among stainless steel, titanium, or space grade aluminum, while certain parts of the phone's exterior can be made of leather, 18-carat gold, or platinum. Additionally, future owners of this feature phone might opt to decorate their devices with gold inlays here or there.
9. Savelli Jardin Secret collection - $120,000
This one is intended for the ladies. The Jardin Secret collection consists of 12 luxurious Android devices, most of which come encrusted with a handful of diamonds and other goodies, such as iguana leather and ceramic buttons. At roughly $120,000, the Black Insane edition is the most expensive representative of the Jardin Secret collection – this bijou comes with 75 baguette-cut white diamonds, buttons finished in white gold, and black alligator rubberized leather. The hardware specs are unimpressive, but does it matter? Probably not.
10. Apple iPhone 5 Black Diamond Edition - $16,700,000
This is it. The most expensive device on this list and, in fact, the most expensive phone to have ever existed is a custom-made iPhone. Its price is around $16.7 million. The reason for this? Well, the home button of this iPhone 5
has been replaced with a 26-carat black diamond. Black diamonds, also known as “carbonados”, are one of the rarest and toughest minerals on our planet. Apart from coming with this pretty unique home button, this ostentatious smartphone is also loaded with some 600 additional white diamonds and 135 grams of 24-carat gold.