Although these gadgets have become an essential part of modern living, some smartphones are built with that added touch of luxury and class. Intended for high end consumers, these 9 smartphones are not just loaded with the latest mobile tech, they also got that bling bling no other smartphone can match. Here are 9 smartphones built for the rich and the elite.
#9 Mobiado Professional 3 AF – $1,600
The Mobiado Professional 3 AF may parade a very minimalist exterior, but that is what makes this smartphone attractive. As they say, less is more and the Professional 3 AF embodies that concept. Sleek aircraft-grade aluminum frame provides the shell of this smart device and is accented by Mobiado’s trademark stainless steel buttons. Finishing the simple yet sophisticated look is the sapphire crystal display.
#8 Blackberry x Porsche Design P9982 – $2,244
Porsche and Blackberry teamed up to give birth to this elegant and lavish device, the P9982. Fusing stainless steel with classic black Italian leather gives this phone a modern edge. However, if you prefer something exotic, a crocodile leather option is also available. The phone is also built with high end Blackberry features such as BBM Video with Screen Share, BlackBerry Priority Hub and BlackBerry Keyboard.
#7 Gresso Radical R3 – $2,300
With only 999 units made, the Gresso Radical R3 smartphone is not only a high class gadget, but an exceptional one as well. Clearly, the rarity element pushes the value of this phone past the normal ceiling of its contemporaries. But aside it being uncommon, the Radical R3 has the chops to make it a very expensive phone. For one, the phone’s case is made of titanium. And if it’s titanium, it’s premium. But underneath that precious metal and that 4.5-inch 940 x 560 display you will find a 1.2-GHz quad-core processor, 36GB of storage and a pair of SIM card slots. It looks like a phone evil geniuses would want in their pockets.
#6 Tonino Lamborghini Antares – $4,000
Anything marked “Tonino Lamborghini” is expensive and that is truly the case for the company’s own smartphone line, the Antares. Unlike other classy and highly priced smartphones, the Antares is not built with jewels and precious stones. Rather, everything that makes this phone valuable fall to the realm of design and features. Inspired by the look of the company’s iconic car, the Antares’ frame brags about lines and accents that easily catch everyone’s attention. Underneath the shell, a powerful 1.5-GHz quad-core CPU gives life to the phone. This feature is then coupled by 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a Yamaha audio amplifier.
#5 Gold HTC One – $4,489
When Apple released a faux gold edition of the iPhone 5S, HTC just had to make a response. And responded they did and in a big way. Instead of faux gold panels, HTC employed authentic gold in the Gold HTC One’s casing. To increase the phone’s value, HTC only produced five gold edition models of the HTC One. Other features include Blinkfeed, Zoe and BoomSound., which the regular unit also carries.
#4 Tag Heuer Meridiist 2 – $5,305
Known for making luxurious timepieces, Tag Heuer’s entry to the smartphone game is a big gamble for the renowned watchmaking company. But with the Meridiist 2, Tag Heuer may have come up with a decent smartphone integrated with elements of luxury. The back panel is highlighted with gold, rubber and diamonds. The display, although small, is made of high grade sapphire crystal. To top it all off, a watch panel display is built on the top surface. Along with the purchase of this smartphone is Tag Heuer’s round-the-clock exclusive concierge service, which can be used to its fullest effect if you just know how to use it.
#3 Vertu Constellation – $6,600
If you are looking for an exquisite phone and spending $6,600 is not a problem at all, then perhaps you should take a look at Vertu’s Constellation series. The phone’s chassis is made of titanium and the back panel is covered in premium calf leather. Adding value to this particular smartphone is the 4.3-inch sapphire crystal 720p display. But that is just merely scratching the surface. Inside, the Vertu Constellation is a monstrous 1.7-GHz dual-core Snapdragon Qualcomm CPU with a whopping 32GB of storage. Upon purchase of the phone, you automatically receive Vertu’s exclusive Life and Certainty services, which is basically your ticket to Vertu’s exclusive happenings and events.
#2 Savelli Jardin Secret – $9,000 up
Made by jewelry maker Savelli, the Jardin Secret Collection is a pack of 12 Android smartphones specifically crafted for women who want smartphones that they can flash. The construction of the phone includes high grade iguana leather, ceramic, and sati materials. As for the rocks, the Jardin Secret phones glitter with white and cognac diamonds, 395 diamonds to be specific. Topping the phone’s luxurious aura is a panel of 18k rose gold, which lines the sides and the top of the phone.
#1 Black Diamond iPhone 5 – $15.9 million
Apple’s iPhone 5 is undoubtedly one of the world’s leading smartphone units and one of the most expensive too as far as suggested retail pricing is concerned. But if you are Stuart Hughes, having a regular iPhone 5 is not enough.