While mobile phones have become a necessity in our lives, many people have also started using them as a status symbol.
Luxury is being able to afford what one wants even if such wants are irrelevant and could cost a fortune in the process of getting such luxury.
The average smartphone user values technical qualities, whereas the elite may not.
The "best smartphone" in the eyes of the wealthy should radiate class and command respect, a trait shared by the most expensive phones in the world.
This listicle provides a thorough list of the ten most expensive phones in the world right now, with some featuring the most priceless gems and others made in small quantities at the whim of global billionaires.
The Goldvish Revolution is the tenth most expensive phone in the world and is made with 29-carat VVS-1 (carbon steel)-graded diamonds that cover most of the body along with 18 pink and white gold carats.
The Goldvish Revolution, one of the most expensive phones in the world, has many integrated features, including the ability to store over a thousand contacts and the inclusion of a conventional Swiss watch at the bottom.
One of the most expensive phones in the world, the $488,150 Goldvish Revolution, was unveiled at Baselworld 2009, a trade show that took place from March 26 to April 2 at the Basel Exhibition Centre in Switzerland.
The phone, designed by Emmanuel Gueit, and the clock, created by Frederic Jouvenot, are limited editions, with a total production of nine copies.
The Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot, which weighs 180 grammes of gold and contains 45.5 carats of black diamonds, is the ninth most expensive phone in the world.
17 hand-polished, laser-etched sapphires make up its 32-karat keypad. Only three Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot phones were produced due to their high cost.
The body of the smartphone is made of more than 200-year-old African wood and pure gold, and the keypad is composed of sapphire crystal.
The Gresso Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot is one of the most expensive phones in the world, but it doesn't offer any technological advancement because the main focus of the device is the high-end materials used to make it.
The Goldvish Le Million, handcrafted in 2006 by the Swedish company Goldvish and designer Emmanuel Gueit, contains 18 carats of white gold and 120 carats of diamonds.
It was once recognised by Guinness World Records as the most expensive phone in the world.
Le Million, which was produced in a small edition of only three pieces, gets its name from its exact one million dollar cost.
The first two models of this pricey device were purchased for 1.2 million dollars each by two unidentified Russian businessmen, while the third model has not yet been sold.
Ancort's Diamond Crypto Smartphone is the seventh-most expensive phone thanks to its special cryptographic features, which include an encryption processor, a cryptophone call, a crypto SMS, a crypto E-mail, an encryption button, the essential power of 110 7, a crypto algorithm with symmetric 256-bits, and a key distribution method.
The Diamond Crypto Smartphone stands out from its rivals as one of the most secure of its kind thanks to its robust encryption.
The Diamond Crypto Smartphone, one of the most costly phones in the world, has 18-karat rose gold, 64GB of memory, and a 1350 mAh battery.
The phone, which costs $1,300,000, was created by luxury accessories specialist Peter Aloisson and the Russian company Ancort.
The iPhone 3G King Button is the sixth most expensive phone in the world. It was created by Austrian jeweller Peter Aloisson in 2009.
The rare 6.6-carat diamond used to make the home button of the opulent smartphone is also used to adorn the frame, which is made of 18-karat yellow, white, and rose gold and set with 139 diamonds.
This mobile was introduced during the Great Recession with a price of $2,517,346 and was the most expensive at the time.
The Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme, which has been produced by Stuart Hughes in Liverpool, United Kingdom, for more than ten months, employs 136 diamonds and 271 grammes of 22-karat gold to rank as the fifth most expensive phone in the world.
Around 53 diamonds surround the iPhone's screen, which is coated in 271 grams of pure gold, while the start button is made from a 7.1-carat precious stone.
It is also presented in a carved granite chest that is lined with leather and Kashmiri gold.
The iPhone 4 Diamond Rose Edition, created by Stuart Hughes, is one of the priciest phones in the world and is made of rose gold and more than 500 diamonds totalling more than 100 carats.
This extremely costly phone is characterized by the Apple logo, has 53 diamonds set in it on the rear, and there are only two available.
A Retina display, an Apple A4 processor, a 5-megapixel camera, and 32 GB of storage are all included in the $8 million iPhone 4's feature set, which is the same as that of the standard model.
The sole distinction is that it has 500 diamonds totalling 100 carats, 53 of which form the Apple logo.
The phone's back is also rose gold, and the front button is platinum with a 7.4-carat single-cut diamond that, depending on the user's inclination, may change colour to a pink diamond.
Despite being the fourth most expensive phone in the world, Tony Sage, a wealthy Australian businessman and mining magnate, had a custom-designed iPhone by Stuart Hughes, which is why it is not for sale.
The two extremely pricey phones were shipped in a 7-kilogram box made from a piece of pink granite, finished in imperial rose, and lined with top-grain Nubuck leather.
The iPhone 4s Elite Gold, which cost $9.4 million and was built with over 500 perfect diamonds totalling over 100 carats, is now the third-most expensive smartphone in the world.
The rear cover is pure gold, the home button and its surrounds are covered with diamonds, and the Apple logo is set with 53 diamonds.
The 4S Elite Gold with 64 GB of internal memory has only ever been produced in two units.
Its value as one of the most expensive phones in the world increased because of its limited and customized edition of Apple's vintage smartphone's presentation in an equally gorgeous chiselled platinum box inlaid with T-Rex dinosaur bone.
Five hundred diamonds weighing one hundred carats are included in the device's design.
Twenty-five of these five hundred gems comprise the Apple logo.
The gold used is 24 karats, and the screen's button is composed of a single piece weighing 2.6 karats.
The second-most expensive phone in the world is the 15 million dollar, gold, and diamond-encrusted iPhone 5 Black Diamond.
Famous British jeweller Stuart Hughes designed the ultra-luxurious smartphone for a wealthy Chinese client.
The name of this very unusual iPhone 5 comes from the 24-karat black diamond that was substituted for the Home button, despite the device's chassis being made of 26-karat gold and 600 "perfect" white diamonds.
One of the most expensive phones in the world, the Apple logo was changed into pure gold and given a 3D appearance by the addition of 53 tiny diamonds.
It takes nine weeks to construct the iPhone 5 Diamond Black.
The iPhone is one of the most costly smartphones in the world since its screen is made of sapphire glass, as opposed to the more common Gorilla Glass.
Sapphire enables the construction of extremely durable glass but because it is 10 times more expensive than Gorilla Glass, it is only used in high-end watches and luxury goods, such as one of the most expensive phones in the world.
Since Apple stopped providing software support for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c in 2017, Stuart Hughes was planning to create additional Black Diamond iPhones for interested customers.
However, the iPhone Black Diamond is no longer in production.
The most expensive phone in the world is the Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond from the American luxury brand Falcon.
It has a gorgeous pink diamond on the back and is plated in platinum, 24-karat gold, and rose gold.
The ultra-luxurious smartphone is available in two variants: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, each of which is adorned with a pink diamond and is offered in three body styles:
1. Falcon SuperNova Platinum Pink Diamond iPhone encased in 950 platinum
2. Falco SuperNova Rose Gold Pink Diamond iPhone in 18K Rose Gold
3. iPhone Pink Diamond Falcon SuperNova 18K Gold in 18K yellow gold
The iPhone 6 (4.7-inch screen) and iPhone 6 Plus (5.5-inch screen), both of which have 128GB of internal storage and are unlocked for use abroad, are included in the Falcon SuperNova lineup.
The purchase of the phone comes with a top-tier US carrier, FedEx, delivery, a 5-year warranty against defects, a 24/7 concierge service, and a mobile app that protects user privacy.
The most costly phone in the world is only offered upon request at Dubai's flagship stores, although customers may purchase an iPhone 6 Pink Diamond from one of two less pricey options.
The first diluted version is priced at $42.5 million and has an orange diamond on its back, while the second version is priced at $32.5 million and features a blue diamond.
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