Phones today come in a variety of price ranges. At the higher end, there are devices that cost close to $2,000. That may seem steep, but there have been much more expensive phones.
What is considered “expensive”?
When it comes to “expensive” phones, there are really two types. There is realistic expensive – like the Galaxy S “Ultra” series – which is certainly expensive, but it’s not absurd and you get a very good phone.
The second type are status symbols. These phones are not practical for anyone to buy or use. They have ridiculous features and even more ridiculous prices. High-end brands love slapping their names on these phones.
Note: For this list, I’m going to mix phones from these two categories. This isn’t just a ranking based on price.
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Samsung Galaxy Fold: $1,980
Let’s start at the “realistic” end of the spectrum. The original Samsung Galaxy Fold was released in 2019 with a starting price of $1,980. This was the first device with a foldable display to hit the mainstream market.
Bleeding edge technology often comes at a steep price, and the Galaxy Fold was no exception. Despite the launch issues, it was a very exciting device and the price felt reasonable. You got a device that could act as a tablet or a phone and still fit in your pocket.
Sony Xperia PRO 5G: $2,500
I wasn’t expecting to find a Sony phone when searching this list, but this Xperia PRO 5G blew my mind. Sony launched this phone in early 2021 with a whopping price tag of $2,500.
What makes this phone so expensive? Outwardly, it looks like a fairly standard smartphone. Don’t be fooled, it packs a lot of serious hardware – and it’s a lot more than just big megapixel counts.
The Xperia PRO 5G can act as a 4K camera monitor, file transfer device and 5G modem. This is a phone aimed at people who do a lot of high-end video and photo work. It’s not for everyone, but for the right people it can be worth the price.
Vertu Signature Cobra: $360,000
You can’t write a list of the most expensive phones and not include them vertu. This luxury brand has been pumping out ridiculous devices for a long time. That Signature Cobra is one of the dumbest, costing a whopping $360,000 in 2017.
We are now in the impractical expensive phones category. The Signature Cobra isn’t even a smartphone. It’s a very simple feature phone, decorated with a gold plating and a jeweled cobra that wraps around the phone. This is an example of something that tries to look so expensive that it ends up being cheap and cheesy.
Goldvish Le Million: $1.3 million
Speaking of cheesy phones… oh my god. That Goldvish Le Million is one of the ugliest phones I’ve found in my research. It was unveiled in 2006 for the insane price of $1.3 million.
This was before the original iPhone was announced, so we can excuse that goldvish Le Million for not being a smartphone. This crazy prize emerges from the 18k white gold body in the shape of a strange boomerang. It is also topped with 120 carats of diamonds.
The kicker? Only three of these were ever made. At least you knew you had something unique.
Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond: $48.5 million
Over the years, many designers have released extravagantly decorated iPhones. Nothing beats the insanely named Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond for $48.5 million.
Compared to other custom iPhones, this one is pretty basic. It’s an iPhone 6 with a 24k gold exterior. There were also rose gold and platinum versions. But what does this catastrophic price bring? The big old diamond on the back.
Yes, this is literally an iPhone with a large pink diamond embedded on the back. Diamonds of this size are generally considered very valuable. Anyone who bought this phone in 2004 wanted to show it off.
Oh, and if $48.5 million is a bit too much for you, there were cheaper versions for $42.5 million and $32.5 million, respectively.
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