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Did you know that the world's most expensive smartphone costs over $16.5 million?

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Yup, you read the headline correctly, and no, the figure mentioned there isn't in Zimbabwean dollars. The world's most expensive smartphone does cost over $16.5 million and it is a unique, hand-crafted piece of bling. What you see pictured is the iPhone 5 Black Diamond edition by Stuart Hughes. If you're wondering where the luxury handset got its name from, just take a look at its home button. The key has been replaced with a 26-carat flawless black deep cut diamond. This, however, is just one of the hundreds of gems covering the phone's surface. 

The chassis of this fabulous iPhone 5 has been inlaid with about 600 flawless white diamonds and 53 more of them have been used to recreate the Apple logo on the back. Speaking of the back, that's a full gold outfit you see and a piece of solid gold is used for the logo's foundation. As for the screen, it boasts a layer of sapphire glass that's more resistant to damage than the scratch resistant glasses commonly used in modern smartphones. 

All this gold and the precious stones have taken a toll on the phone's weight, however. Just the gold that has been put into the device tips the scales at 135 grams, which is 23 grams more than what the iPhone 5 originally weighs. Nevertheless, something tells us that the phone's owner wouldn't be bothered by its weight. Speaking of which, the iPhone 5 Black Diamond is owned by a Chinese businessman.

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posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:30 18

1. Insignificant (Posts: 189; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


If I paid 100s of thousands more for then the normal price of an Apple product, I'd at least hope the Apple logo would be removed...
But there's no shortage of iFans with more money than brains, for example, everyone with an iPhone.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:43 3

23. androtaku (Posts: 74; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


there are no shortage of S-hit android fans who think they have more brain than others, for example,everyone with S-hit device

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:58

25. pwnarena (Posts: 703; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


you were slighted and you reacted. had you kept your cool, his comment would have appeared to have been ignored and the upvotes wouldn't have been that many.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 20:08 1

42. ardent1 (Posts: 1980; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The upvotes or thumbs up are always given for these hate posts -- it's like one big circle jerk.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:55

26. profperez1 (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 May 2012)


I think it's funny how people hate on products to have an identity. If anyone wants to send me a new phone in the box that is better than my 5-----I will be happy to use it and have a custom case put on it with YOUR initials!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:04

33. mrblah (Posts: 236; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Soooooo.... 5S? My intials are S.C.E.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:58 2

36. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1465; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I have a HTC EVO that is better than your 5. My initials are A.S.S

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:31 16

2. AppleHateBoy (Posts: 441; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Still can't survive a drop.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:52 1

9. Deadeye37 (Posts: 67; Member since: 25 Jan 2011)


The business guy probably keeps the phone in an Otterbox case to protect his investment :)

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:00 6

10. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


I think he keeps it in a briefcase between two guards. In a bank safe, outside there is a hundred number combination titanium lock with bombs implanted within the failsafe. Outside, there are men in shady black tux with dark shades and everything u can imagine from a man in black movie. This safe is located in a even bigger safe with a lock which only the owner himself can open. And this bigger safe is in a bigger bigger safe that has five identical bigger bigger safe. And all of these safes are located on the sheild helicarrier located somewhere in the bermuda triangle.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:40 2

15. thedarkside (Posts: 649; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


the safes themselves are so indestructible that not even the hulk at his angriest can bust through.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:09 7

21. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Wtf are u talking about. The damn safe is nokia certified.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:39 2

22. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


awesome comment...

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:36 1

13. EyeSee (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


Black into gold looks much better than white and gold

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:06

34. mrblah (Posts: 236; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


I agree.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:52 1

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5630; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And it will always blend to pieces.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:33 5

3. Kyokado (Posts: 115; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


In the end. Its still an iphone, douche.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:39 12

4. frustyak (Posts: 108; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)


$16.5 million, sure, but how much is it with a two-year contract?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:31 2

12. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1924; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Hilarious! +1

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:43 1

16. thedarkside (Posts: 649; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


1 billion dollars! muahahaha... hahahahaha... hahahahahaa

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:53 1

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5630; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


You will go bankrupt if any idiot plans wasting their fortune on a piece if glass.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:56

27. profperez1 (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 May 2012)


That would be $18M!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:07

35. mrblah (Posts: 236; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Dived by three for the launch price, so 5.5 ;-)

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:39

5. Genersis (Posts: 167; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Ugh, so tacky.
Looked much better being blinged up.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:44 2

6. JMartin22 (Posts: 638; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Ugly, and precious, finite stones being wasted by being forged onto a device that typically loses a good deal value in just a year. Not to mentioned one that's been discontinued.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:54

30. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


Maybe it's that much more "precious" because the iPhone 5 was discontinued.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:46 2

7. zennacko (Posts: 196; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Whoever gets the chance to "borrow" that phone and scrap its stuff becomes millionaire easier than hoping for a jackpot on the lottery lol

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:55

19. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5630; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I'll melt the gold part sell it for scraps rest of the body just trash it.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 09:49 2

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 688; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'll think about buying it after selling my kidney, home, car, legs, arms, one eye, phone, ears, teeth, tongue & vocal cords xD

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 12:58

28. profperez1 (Posts: 46; Member since: 08 May 2012)


The worst part is when the 6 comes out he will be at Thing Remembered/..... and putting it in some cute box for a shelf.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:06 3

11. seanwhat (Posts: 53; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


nah, seen an iphone with flappy birds go for more on ebay.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 10:38

14. EyeSee (banned) (Posts: 26; Member since: 05 Feb 2014)


24K Gold, highest purity, better than 18K and 22K

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:00

20. corporateJP (Posts: 1279; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


I'll take one of the old Nokia-built Vertu's over this any day...

:P

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 11:57 1

24. ThePython (Posts: 141; Member since: 08 May 2013)


Am I the only one who thinks the regular aluminum is better than this gold crap?

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:52

29. alrightihatepickingusernames (Posts: 203; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


I'm gonna be honest I still think it looks better than the gold iPhone 5S that people somehow adore.

Ain't got nothing on the space grey though.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:04 1

31. andoidpills (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


maybe the guy knows very well iphone will extinct in a few years because of android thats why he wants a precious remembrance.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:56 1

32. KingDingaLing (Posts: 70; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Would hate to drop this one in the toilet while deucing. O-o

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:00 1

37. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1465; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Some people just have too much money. THERE IS A DOG PROBLEM IN RUSSIA, use your mountains of cash to fix it!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:33

38. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


What a waste of precious jewels. And I agree with the comment above, I think the fake gold (champagne) and aluminium looks better than this. Way too much BLING for a business man lol.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:33

39. MacWiNux (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


great for shaving ice :D

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 18:20

40. hughwyn (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Awkward... Zimbabwe uses the US dollar as its currency now.....

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 01:10

43. andynaija (Posts: 348; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


He's talking about many years ago when Zimbabwean dollars were more than extremely worthless, before they started using US dollar as their currency now.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 18:32

41. Killua (Posts: 177; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


Honestly? It looks ugly. The plain one is better.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 03:07

44. zeroxy (Posts: 43; Member since: 02 Feb 2014)


its look ugly

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