10 limited edition smartphones you'll probably never own

10 limited edition smartphones you'll probably never own
Having one of the best new smartphones, with top-of-the-line specs and the newest software, is one thing. Anyone can own a flagship nowadays, especially when we have carrier subsidies bringing their prices to a very manageable level. Having a phone that pretty much nobody else has, however, is a whole different story. Owning a piece of hardware that's unique in some way makes you feel privileged. It makes you stand out, at least a bit. If you agree with us, then here's something you'll definitely enjoy – a list of 10 rare, limited edition smartphones. Take a look and drop us a line in the comments letting us know which phone you wish you could own!

Samsung Galaxy S5 Special Edition

You can get this special edition of the Samsung Galaxy S5 only in Korea. This is the LTE-Advanced variant of the phone, sporting a fancy diamond-like pattern on the back instead of the typical dotted one we all know. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Swarovski covers

These limited edition cases, covered with hundreds of sparkly Swarovski crystals, turn a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 into a fashionable accessory. They come in three mesmerizing colors – black, silver, and a blend of blue and gold – and cost $299 apiece (phone not included). Each comes with a matching bracelet encrusted with even more of Swarovski's fancy stones.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition

And this beauty of a smartphone is the Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition, which is based on the Exynos-powered, octa-core variant of the smartphone. The back features a leather finish and is covered with Swarovski elements for a glamorous look. Only 3500 of these phones were released in Thailand for a price of about $640.

HTC One (M8) Phunk Edition

Singapore-based Phunk Studio has designed 64 of these limited edition HTC One (M8) smartphones – 32 in gold and 32 in silver. The models were made to promote the studio's exhibition called Wonderment, which is part of HTC's Here's to Creativity campaign. Don't go reaching for your wallet because these won't be available for purchase.

Motorola Droid Ultra Employee Edition

You won't find this limited edition Motorola Droid Ultra on Verizon's shelves. It is only available to the carrier's loyal employees, who can purchase it at a tempting price. Still, if you want one really badly, you can go on eBay and see if anyone is willing to part with theirs. Just be warned: they don't get re-sold for cheap.

Vertu Ti Ferrari edition

And this is the gorgeous Vertu Ti Ferrari edition, inspired by the Italian car maker's F12 Berlinetta model. As all other Vertu phones, this particular handset is built out of high-grade materials, including Alutex, which is used in the interior of Ferrari's automobiles, and genuine leather in red and black.

Sony Xperia A Hatsune Miku Edition

Japan's favorite virtual pop star, Hatsune Miku, is gracing the back of this Sony Xperia A smartphone. The phone is available exclusively through DoCoMo in Japan and comes loaded with special content related to the cyan-haired "singer", including themes, sounds, and music. As a bonus, you also receive a wireless headphone set.

BlackBerry Z10 Developer's Edition

To treat the developers who had chosen to make BlackBerry 10 apps, the company released this limited edition BlackBerry Z10. It featured a glossy red outfit instead of the classic black or white one, and the bright color really made it stand out. The model can't be bought from BlackBerry's web site anymore, but sellers on eBay are willing to hook you up with one.

HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty Edition

This limited edition of the HTC Butterfly S was launched in parts of Asia to the delight of all Hello Kitty fans there. The phone was cutified both on the outside and on the inside, featuring exclusive wallpapers with the cartoon character.

iPhone 5s Gulf States by Goldgenie

And last but definitely not least, we give you the iPhone 5s as imagined by the designers and craftsmen at Goldgenie. One can order one of the three variants – in gold, platinum, or rose gold – and only 99 will be made of each. The price? Oh, only about $3650.

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21. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Samsung S5, Note 3 and S4 special editions are the only ones I'd like to own..so awesome!!!

18. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013


17. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014


15. masuod

Posts: 13; Member since: May 05, 2014

Is this really note 4 toranji.ir/hot-a-masterpiece-of-samsung-in-the-con​​​ference-north-with-an-ifa-tests-abrfon-we-wi​ll-​be-​facing/ Phonearena please translate it

14. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014


12. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

The title is a bit rude and putting your readers down PA! Dont ya think? 10 limited edition smartphones "you'll probably never own"

13. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Ps. These phones are not a "wish" either! to me they are all way over the top, if I was rich and into bring phones then id make sure id have my own unique look in a phone. Why pay so much cash just to have the same design as someone else :/

11. ryanlockovich

Posts: 27; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

That htc looks awesome

9. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I don't know how they virtual star hatsune miku is so famous......anyone from Japan here who can shed some light on me???

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I am not from Japan, but I know who she is. She is like the article says, a virtual pop star. She has actual records and she has videogames. The new game is coming out on November 18 (in the US). I don't know much else, but I hoped I helped

20. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Yup I have seen her concert on tv, it was entertaining, holographic......bt I dnt know how thousands of fans come to see her and who is behind her voice......I like japan due to these thing, heck the have robots and interesting tech not found anywhere else

16. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

She has awesome concerts, a video game series, a wiki, she's all over social media, she has literally millions of songs, and because her voice is a computer program, anyone can make songs with her.

8. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

how about the nokia N9 employee edition? n9 with a qwerty keyboard

7. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

The New Galaxy Beam 2 projector phone is a unique phone, only being sold in China, and there is only one way to get it.

6. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

I was looking forward to the S5 and Note 3 special editions. The limited edition Droid was also looking good.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2699; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Honourable mention goes to the Nokia N950. Now there was a developer device!

3. vananucho

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

I had the Moto Razr M employee edition, they make them in batches of 9,999 phones (With the numbering engraved in the back) so it's not that uncommon. I wish I could have the Droid Ultra in that edition soon.

1. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

htc looks badass

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Looks good, as well the Moto Employee version of the killer droid.

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

You would like that Hello Kitty edition.

22. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

what do you think about galaxy s4 black edition

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

I think it's great. Are you making some sort of racial joke here?

24. nohatenofanboy

Posts: 515; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

no just asking

25. g2a5b0e unregistered


19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd rather buy the Hatsune Xperia anime graphics design

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