Luxury phones you'll probably never own: gallery

A smartphone is not just a way to make calls -- now, it can be a status symbol. But could you afford any of these gadgets?
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The world's most expensive iPhone?

Designed by Stuart Hughes, the iPhone 4S Elite Gold -- billed as the most expensive in the world -- is a bargain at £6 million ($8 million).   

The bezel is handmade from rose with roughly 500 individual diamonds worth over 100ct.

The main navigation is made from gold which holds a single cut 8.6ct diamond. Also included is a rare 7.4ct single cut pink diamond.

A chest, included with your purchase, is made from solid platinum with polished pieces of "original dinosaur bone" from the T-Rex along with rare stones including opals, pietersite, charoite, and rutile quartz .The handset is 64gb and limited edition with only 2 to be ever made.

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Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot 

Gresso's Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot mobile phone case is made of 180 grams of gold, and embedded with 45.5k of black diamonds. 

It may be heavy, but it is only 12mm in thickness, and the back panel is made from 200 year old African Blackwood. 

The phone's keyboard has digits manufactured individually from single crystal sapphires -- of which the carat weight is 32.

The Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot is a limited edition model priced at $1 million.

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The Goldvish Geneve 

Created by the luxury phone maker Goldvish, their flagship Geneve model comes in five variations:

-Centerfold (1 diamond, 0.15ct)

-Violent Numbers (190 diamonds, 1.35ct)

-Beyond Dreams (246 diamonds, 2.30ct)

-Majesty (1089 diamonds, 6.04ct)

-Like Heaven (1639 diamonds, 11.03ct)

Each phone is coated in 18ct solid white gold, and comes with a sapphire display, 400 hours standby time and 2GB memory. 

The most expensive model is sold for roughly 120,000 euros ($156,000).

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Nokia Supreme

Another design by Stuart Hughes, this Nokia smartphone is encrusted with 12.5 carats of pink diamond, created with roughly 1225 gems that include one central 3 carat diamond. 

The casing is made of handmade platinum veneers (83 grams), and only three handsets are due to be made.  

This phone costs £99,995 ($106,111).

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The Chairman Diamond & Black edition

Created by Ulysse Nardin, the Chairman Diamond & Black Edition mobile is hand set with 3,000 round-cut diamonds, reaching roughly 17 carats.

Scratch-resistant sapphire glass is used for the touch screen and rotor window, and sapphire keys with ceramic inlay complete the feel and longevity of the phone. 

Only 100 pieces will ever be produced.

The Chairman is priced at approximately $130,000.

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Vertu Constellation Blue Collection

Luxury phone maker Vertu's new smartphone -- made in conjunction with Italia Independent -- comes with a sapphire crystal display, a blue PVD stainless steel, carbon fibre composite back plate, two-tone rubberised blue leather, and blue sapphire crystal keys.

It weighs 170 grams.

To sweeten the deal, each phone includes access to Vertu's Concierge service and exclusive orchestra ringtones.

The Constellation Blue's display is 3.5-inch, and the phone features an 8-mega pixel rear camera, 32GB of internal memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 

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Amosu Diamond Blackberry

Many luxury models focus on own-brand designs or iPhones, but the Blackberry hasn’t been completely ignored. The Amosu Diamond Blackberry contains 4459 diamonds (a total of almost 29 carats) on the back and front. The handset is coated in 18 carat gold.

This Blackberry, one of three to be made, costs £12,000 ($18,000), and comes with a global concierge service.

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Continental Apple iPhone Diamond 4S 

Continental is a luxury phone creator, who distributes models including iPhone, Blackberry and Nokia smartphones.

The Pearl White iPhone is finished in platinum and a number of VS1 diamonds. The 32GB model  has all the standard features of an iPhone 4S.

The Peal White iPhone costs £6,999 ($11,200).

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Bang & Olufsen Serenata Diamond edition

Designed by Stuart Hughes, the collection includes luxury phone editions include this one -- ostentatiously smothered in diamonds and gold.

The Diamonds are mounted on a solid gold bezel which sits over the main scroll mechanism. 

The main Facia and rear release are include a circa of 140 grams of solid 24ct gold. In total, the phone includes 16.25 carats of diamonds.

Not enough? Perhaps the accompanying wallet made of 'real Ostrich foot' might impress you.

Each handset in the limited edition of ten is £44,995 ($72,045).

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Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S

Goldgenie's Suvarna Bullion iPhone 4S is a smartphone coated in 24 carat gold -- back and front. Each one is crafted on order, and also comes with a black piano finish box earphones, a dock connector and USB power adaptor.

If you already own an iPhone, the company will happily coat it in 24 carat gold for you.

Each handset is £18,995 ($30,414). 

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The Tag Heuer Racer

The TAG Heuer Racer has a shockproof rubber chassis and is screwed with titanium bolts and carbon fiber bridges.

The racer-inspired phone is ran on Android software, and has a customizable 3D interface. On sale this year, it comes in at 2800 euros ($3646).

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Vertu Signature Cobra

Designed by French jeweler Boucheron, Vertu's limited edition of 8 snake-featuring phones are a steal at only £167,567 ($268,308). 

The Cobra features one pear-cut diamond, one round white diamond, two emerald eyes and 439 rubies.

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