World's most expensive phone heading to China at $15 million, bound to raise eyebrows in the Party

From the British designer Stuart Hughes, who gave to the world an iPad with an embedded real T-Rex bone, now comes the most expensive phone in the world - a ten million pound sterling (about 15 million USD) iPhone 5 Black Diamond.

Custom-ordered by an unnamed Chinese businessman, the handset is dipped in 26 karat gold, a real black diamond has replaced the home key, and 600 "regular" diamonds have been encrusted in the chassis, 53 of which went to adorn the Apple logo itself. The screen protection has been replaced with sapphire glass, which is much tougher than Gorilla Glass, and it took the designer nine weeks to hand-make the unique phone.

That Chinese customer already owned the black diamond itself, so he's not paying list price, but if we were the Communist Party department in charge with corruption checks there, this phone extravagance would top the weekly report. Unless your name is Terry Gou from Foxconn, that is, who could argue that the iPhone 5 came at assembly price.

Related phones

iPhone 5
  • Display 4.0 inches
    1136 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A6, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1440 mAh
  • OS iOS 10.x



43. g2a5b0e unregistered$15-million-black-diamond-iphone/ Now, it starts to make sense. The black diamond replacing the home button is 26 carats. How PhoneArena turned that into the phone being dipped in "26 karat" gold, I'll never figure out.

40. psigate

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

26 Karat gold? i thought 24K is already pure gold

39. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

I will take the phone for what it's worth...but would never buy an iphone otherwise

37. joseph98

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

There is no such thing as 26 Karat gold. "24 carat gold means 99.99% pure gold" and this is as high as it goes it terms of karat.

33. kurejikame

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

The source says the phone was dipped in 24ct gold, and the home button was replaced by a 26ct black diamond. Daniel P. probably accidentally mixed them up.

30. itreday

Posts: 68; Member since: May 24, 2012

@dd4444 on Instagram does the same thing for a far cheaper price. Except It's not 24 Karat gold but 24ct.

38. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'll just melt the phone take the golden parts rebuld it too a bar then sell it

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

ugliest phone ever

22. nando2do

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

i saw this on a picture i think it was shakira or beyonce who had it. i thought it was a case

21. wizzardtech

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

dumbest and most retarded millionaire i ever heard. She should give the money as xmas bonus for all the underpaid workers in foxconn.

20. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

No such thing as 26 carat gold, moron!

24. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is inside the RDF.

19. AndiAllDay

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

Is it part 2 of the movie "tower Heist" where the gold is invested in the car****If I want to invest in gold, then I will buy gold to do so, but not to buy phn with gold; **

16. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

15million US$ whoooao........ Many Chinese could start up new phone manufacturing unit in that much money............

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

26 karat gold? So, you're saying the phone is 108.3% gold? 100% gold is 24 karats. Might want to amend the article to reflect that.

18. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

It's Igold's concentrated. LOL

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


12. PhoenixWright

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

"the handset is dipped in 26 karat gold" -The phone must have melted inside since its dipped in gold leaving a gold brick behind.

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 509; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Can I get a custom order? Samsung Galaxy S4 with Sapphire Glass, water proofed and aluminum casing, please.

10. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Daniel, GSMarena saying 9 months, which is correct?

9. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

look for poor people who are hungry in africa and give them money instead of buying a crap just for look

8. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

It would look much better without the diamonds at the sides and home button (personal preference). Still won't buy one even if I am a billionaire.

7. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I'm not rich, so I must say DUH! I mean seriously? $15 million for an iPhone 5? When you're using this phone outside, you'll be the first one to be robbed! If I'm rich, I won't even think about this phone! I rather get an original iPhone 5 instead! :P

32. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

"IF" and if you were.. you'd be the first to get robbed even if you have an original iphone 5

35. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Everyone with smartphone may be robbed, that's why we need to beware of robbers, their eyes are watching your smartphone!

6. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Ouch if this iPhone 5 bends like the other iPhone 5. Would be expensive to fix.

4. zeropants

Posts: 42; Member since: May 31, 2012

This shows that having money doesn't always reflect having good taste.

5. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

this sentence usually come from poor people as an automatic defense mechanism

14. zeropants

Posts: 42; Member since: May 31, 2012

Those types of responses usually come from people who don't have a good point. In no reference to the phone, anything that large dipped in gold and covered in diamonds is gaudy.

26. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

$15 million, still a pos.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless