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.

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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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37 Comments

1. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

outside rocks but inside sucks

17. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Maybe you get a life time of ios updates, and a perpetual chip update, and other internal hardware from Apple... ;)

28. vincelongman

Posts: 5745; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Or buy this brushed gold wrap/skin for only $19.95, also available for Galaxy S III and Evo G4. Its not made out of gold obviously, but feels and looks like it is.http://www.slickwraps.com/Brushed-Gold-Skin-iPhone-5-p/sw-aip5-msgold.htm

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Want it!! By filthy rich

25. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

...and very stupid

3. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

wow!thats a lot of money!

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.

31. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

That's true. How the rich spend their money is none of your concern, because it is their money, not your money. I wouldnt call someone who spends thousands of dollars on designer goods as wasting money either, it's their right to spend their own money the way they want. But if i have that kind of money i would have set my sights on a Lamborghini. I wouldnt even hesitate to buy one. But then again, someone who can afford this phone probably already has a dozen of supercars in his garage. "If i have that much money i would help *** ***", that's something only hypocrites will say. If you have that much money one day, maybe from the lottery, you would definitely think of luxury or enjoyment first. It's human nature in our subconscious minds. Find me a millionaire who drives a budget small car. NONE.

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.

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!

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.

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

10. luckysrinu

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Daniel, GSMarena saying 9 months, which is correct?

11. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

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

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.

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 ...it's concentrated. LOL

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO +1

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............

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; **

20. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

No such thing as 26 carat gold, moron!

24. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

There is inside the RDF.

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.

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

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

ugliest phone ever

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