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


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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iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1440 mAh(8h 3G talk time)

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44 Comments

1. Insignificant

Posts: 192; Member since: Sep 22, 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.

23. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 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

25. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

42. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

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

26. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 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!

33. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

36. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

2. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Still can't survive a drop.

9. Deadeye37

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

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

10. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 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.

15. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

21. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

22. srk_srinivas

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

awesome comment...

13. EyeSee

Posts: 26; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Black into gold looks much better than white and gold

34. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

I agree.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And it will always blend to pieces.

3. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

In the end. Its still an iphone, douche.

4. frustyak

Posts: 248; Member since: Mar 08, 2010

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

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

Hilarious! +1

16. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

27. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

That would be $18M!

35. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

5. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

6. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

30. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

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

7. zennacko unregistered

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

19. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

8. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

28. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 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.

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