Think Apple is overcharging for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? That Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ a bit out of your price range? You're not alone, to be fair, but the items on today's list will make the aforementioned trio sound as affordable as a pack of gum. And how could they not? Some of the items on the list come with bodies embellished in gold, with a titanium exoskeleton, and/or with rubies encrusted left, right, and center.
Obviously, with such luxury items, the usual specsorama takes a back seat, as these aren't meant for your neighborly Android geek who's always after the highest pixel or processor count. And while some of the devices we'll highlight below offer an up-to-date specs sheet, others—quite understandably—are focused on areas other than the internals underneath. Like crafting a truly posh casing.
And so, before we jump right into this one, you might be wondering just how expensive devices we're talking here. We'll put it this way: the cheapest we were able to do was $2,000, and that's for a... feature phone. Yeah... let's just dive in:
5 luxurious smartphones that you can't afford
5 luxurious smartphones that you can't afford
Like all Gresso phones, the Azimuth is a limited edition collection—only 999 will be ever made, and you'll obviously first have to put in an order for it to be manufactured. That is, if you have $2,000 on hand ($2,500 for the 18K yellow/white gold options), and fancy the idea of spending them on a feature phone.
That's right, the Azimuth A1 is what you'd call a dumbphone nowadays, with a small, but unspecified screen. The thing is made out of titanium grade 2, and features a steel keyboard, with the display being covered by tempered mineral glass. Most of it has been manually polished.
With a starting price of $3,000, you'd think that Gresso's Regal line-up of smartphones is not that much more expensive than the one from the last slide, but the tag quickly jumps to $6,000 if you go for the 18K yellow gold option. No matter which model you go for (4 available in total), it'll be executed of titanium and feature Gresso's logo in that same material.
Specs-wise, we've got a Gorilla Glass-protected, 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, an unnamed quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 13-megapixel camera. Not too shabby, but certainly not a chart-topping configuration. Then again, system performance really isn't what a device like this is about, is it?
3. iPhone 6s by Gresso
Starting at $3,000 (going up to $5,000 for yellow/white gold model), this is a phone that is recognizable by all of our readers. Instead of building their own thing, Gresso is known to sometimes embellish others' products—Apple's, in this case.
The special, limited edition iPhone 6s by Gresso comes with a titanium grade 5 casing, though the more expensive models have the Gresso logo engraved with gold (or white gold). The back of the phone is directionally polished, so you get those great-looking stripes cut into the titanium at the back. The phone is also nestled within a luxurious gift box that will definitely make somebody very happy.
Alright, enough with Gresso. Let's talk Vertu—a company previously owned by Nokia—and its own extremely posh creations.
The current star of the lineup, the New Signature Touch is a rare beast: both luxirous and spec'd out. With prices starting at €8,400 and quickly climbing to nearly €18,000, this thing is anything but cheap, and we reckon the folks at Vertu wouldn't have it any other way. Call us superficial, but that things sure looks like it would sit nicely in our pockets, even if it costs more than our entire collective wardrobe.
Aaanyway, the Vertu New Signature Touch is made out of titanium and ceramic, sports a sapphire crystal-protected screen, and comes in a number of styles, including calf, lizard, and alligator leather. In addition to the 5.2-inch, 1080p display, Snapdragon 810 processor, and 21-megapixel main camera, it makes for one crazy nice handset... that you'll never own.
5. Kustom EGO
All we know about Kustom is that its a luxury brand based in Spain and that the only smartphone in its portfolio—the EGO—starts at €8,977. How much higher it goes, we can only guess, but we're willing to bet that you can probably double that if you go for a bonkers combination.
Speaking of combinations, Kustom allows potential buyers to customize the look of its extravagant-looking smartphone, with options such as a choice between six sweet-looking colors for the titanium body, and a number of precious materials for the frame. That same frame can also be either engraved or have precious stones (like sapphires, diamonds, amethysts, etc.) encrusted. Woah!