When it comes to the most expen­sive smart­phones, Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra, Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold 4, Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max come to mind. These pow­er­ful, extra­or­di­nary, advanced hard­ware and tech­nol­o­gy devices occu­py first places in the rat­ings. But the price is not always deter­mined by the fill­ing. In a sep­a­rate sub­cat­e­go­ry of pre­mi­um devices, there are hand-made mod­els, fin­ished with expen­sive stones and a shock­ing price. We chose the six most expen­sive smart­phones in the world and told why they are remark­able.

Ver­tu brand phones cost­ing from 1,149,000 rubles unmis­tak­ably indi­cate the sta­tus of the own­er. Pho­to: lazada.com.my

All prices are cur­rent at the time of writ­ing.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra — expensive but affordable

The flag­ship Galaxy S22 Ultra opens the list for 86,000 rubles. With an advanced, pow­er­ful Exynos 2200 proces­sor, 12 GB of RAM and a tra­di­tion­al­ly gor­geous AMOLED dis­play, the device from Sam­sung has no weak­ness­es, except for bat­tery life (8–10 hours depend­ing on the load).

The large dis­play turns the S22 Ultra into a phablet that is easy to use with the includ­ed sty­lus. Pho­to: techradar.com

The S Pen is fast and makes it easy to work with small objects. The smart­phone is pro­tect­ed accord­ing to the IP68 stan­dard: it is com­plete­ly dust­proof, can be immersed in water to a depth of more than one meter with­out con­se­quences, and even work in such con­di­tions for 30 min­utes or more. The auton­o­my of the device is not enough (you have to pay for a sur­pris­ing­ly col­or­ful 120 Hz dis­play), but fast 45 W wire­less charg­ing will “raise” the bat­tery from 0 to 100% in 40 min­utes.

With a peak bright­ness of 1750 nits, the con­tents of the dis­play are clear­ly vis­i­ble even dur­ing the day in the Sahara. Cam­eras and shoot­ing tech­nolo­gies at a high lev­el:

  • 108MP pri­ma­ry lens cap­tures flag­ship dynam­ic range shots in day­light;
  • two 10 MP tele­pho­to lens­es pro­vide 10x opti­cal and 100x spa­tial zoom (Space Zoom);
  • adap­tive pix­el tech­nol­o­gy improves the qual­i­ty of shoot­ing in the dark, the Super Clear Glass sys­tem pro­tects night video from glare;
  • The max­i­mum video res­o­lu­tion is 8K.
The illu­mi­nat­ed areas are well devel­oped, the shad­ows are dis­tin­guish­able, the col­ors are nat­ur­al. Night pho­tos on the S22 Ultra look 10/10. Pho­to: www.gsmarena.com

Pow­ered by the flag­ship Exynos 2200 chipset, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will last anoth­er 2–3 years with no lim­its on games and apps. In the top of the most expen­sive smart­phones, the device does not take the first place, but it works out every ruble invest­ed by 100%.

Key Fea­tures of Sam­sung Galaxy S22 Ultra:

  • proces­sor: Exynos 2200;
  • Dis­play: 6.8″ Dynam­ic AMOLED (3088 x 1440);
  • RAM: 8/12 GB;
  • bat­tery: 5000 mAh;
  • price: 85900 r.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a smartphone-tablet with a folding display

Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold 4 at a price of 119,990 rubles com­bines two screens at once — exter­nal (6.2 inch­es) and inter­nal (7.6 inch­es). The device opens like a book and offers the user a large space for amaz­ing immer­sion in the cin­e­ma, con­ve­nient mul­ti­task­ing, fast and real­is­tic game­play.

Z Fold 4 is mas­sive (263 g) and far from thin, but when opened, the device has no ana­logues in the world. Pho­to: lbtechreviews.com

Smooth ani­ma­tions and tran­si­tions on a large, bright 120Hz OLED dis­play. It is easy to cre­ate sev­er­al work­ing areas, com­bine diverse tasks on two halves of the screen. For quick track­ing of noti­fi­ca­tions, calls and basic oper­a­tions, an exter­nal 120Hz AMOLED dis­play is suf­fi­cient. In camp­ing mode, the Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a smart­phone, while in-depth work is a semi-tablet, to which you can buy the brand­ed S Pen sty­lus.

The device is based on the pro­duc­tive Snap­drag­on 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. Any heavy games and appli­ca­tions start instant­ly, work with­out freezes and brakes. In pop­u­lar titles like Apex Leg­end, COD:Mobile FPS nev­er drops below 55–60 on high graph­ics set­tings. This guar­an­tees a dynam­ic and sta­ble gam­ing expe­ri­ence.

The smart­phone com­bines the func­tions of a work­sta­tion and a gam­ing sta­tion. When con­nect­ing game con­trollers, Z Fold 4 is not infe­ri­or in com­fort to gam­ing devices. Pho­to: mobilesyrup.com

A unique form fac­tor is com­ple­ment­ed by flag­ship-lev­el cam­eras that are com­pa­ra­ble in qual­i­ty to the lens­es of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. In day­light, the pic­tures are bright, with excel­lent white bal­ance, high con­trast. When zoom­ing, the detail does not fall, the noise is min­i­mal. Night mode helps you get good shots in the dark, while Flex mode allows you to shoot hands-free using voice com­mands or acti­vat­ing the cam­era with a flick of the palm.

The Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is an excel­lent com­pro­mise for fans of large dis­plays, pow­er­ful hard­ware and a tablet for­mat. With a price tag of 119,990 rubles, the device remains one of the most expen­sive smart­phones in 2022.

Sam­sung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Key Fea­tures:

  • proces­sor: Snap­drag­on 8+ Gen 1;
  • dis­play (exter­nal): 6.2″ Dynam­ic AMOLED 2x (2316 x 904; 120Hz);
  • dis­play (inter­nal): 7.6″ OLED (2176 x 1812; 120Hz);
  • RAM: 12 GB;
  • bat­tery: 4400 mAh;
  • price: 119990 r.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max — the best iPhone has to offer

iPhone 14 Pro Max is the first in the list of the most expen­sive smart­phones in the world for “mere mor­tals”. Max-ver­sion with a dis­play increased to 6.7 inch­es, the most pow­er­ful proces­sor among busi­ness-class mod­els and improved auton­o­my received the sta­tus of the best iPhone of all time.

Mod­el 14 Pro Max com­bined every­thing that Apple engi­neers could offer. Pho­to: hypebeast.com

Fans expect­ed the absolute tech­ni­cal max­i­mum from Pro Max — and they got it. A short list of all the ben­e­fits of new items:

  • High-con­trast, lumi­nous Super Reti­na XDR dis­play with AOD (screen-off alerts), 120Hz refresh rate and daz­zling 2000 nits of bright­ness.
  • Dynam­ic Island is an oval black sec­tion on the dis­play next to the front cam­era. “Island” plays ani­ma­tions and shows noti­fi­ca­tions, beau­ti­ful­ly trans­form­ing in the process.
  • Shoot­ing in 48 MP Pro­RAW mode is a ready-made basis for the work of pro­fes­sion­al pho­tog­ra­phers.
  • The 12 MP ultra wide-angle cam­era with a 120-degree field of view guar­an­tees bright and con­trasty shots.
  • New A16 Bion­ic proces­sor with effi­cient 4nm process tech­nol­o­gy for out­stand­ing per­for­mance and sta­bil­i­ty. The chipset out­per­forms even the pre­mi­um Snap­drag­on 8 Gen 1 from Qual­comm (installed on most Android flag­ships).
  • More than 13 hours of con­tin­u­ous bat­tery life in web surf­ing mode.
  • Stereo speak­ers with sup­port for Dol­by Atmos (spa­tial, sur­round sound).
Macro shots from the iPhone 14 Pro Max are the stan­dard of qual­i­ty. Pho­to: techradar.com

Pre­vi­ous ver­sions of the iPhone were crit­i­cized for the lack of a high screen refresh rate, out­dat­ed design and poor auton­o­my. The 14 Pro Max was able to imple­ment all the tech­no­log­i­cal inno­va­tions in a case with a sig­na­ture build qual­i­ty. For this, Apple asks for 125,000 rubles, turn­ing the device into the most expen­sive smart­phone in Rus­sia.

Key fea­tures of the iPhone 14 Pro Max:

  • proces­sor: A16 Bion­ic;
  • dis­play: 6.7″ Super Reti­na XDR OLED (1290 x 2796), 120Hz;
  • RAM: 6 GB;
  • bat­tery: 4323 mAh;
  • price: 125000 r.

Stuart Hughes iPhone 4s Elite Gold — smartphone with 500 diamonds and a box with tyrannosaurus rex bones

The top three mon­strous­ly beau­ti­ful and most expen­sive smart­phones in the world is opened by the cre­ation of the famous British design­er Stu­art Hugh­es. It is based on an ordi­nary 64 GB iPhone 4s, which the mas­ter turned into a shin­ing jew­el.

The cut and design are a pleas­ant shock. But no more than the price. Pho­to: stuarthughes.com

Hugh­es used 500 dia­monds worth $6 mil­lion to cre­ate the iPhone 4s Elite Gold. The bezel is hand­craft­ed and set with over 100 carats of pre­cious stones. The lid is made of 24-carat gold, the Apple logo received a bonus in the form of 53 dia­monds. The but­ton is made of gold with a dia­mond of 8.6 carats.

Stew­art pre­pared a spe­cial pack­age for his mas­ter­piece — a plat­inum box with pol­ished pieces of T‑Rex bones, rare gems such as quartz and opal. The cost of a mir­a­cle of design thought is 7.8 mil­lion US dol­lars or 500 mil­lion rubles. But even these fig­ures are far from the price of the most expen­sive smart­phone in the world.

iPhone 5 Black Diamond — a rarity to order worth more than 900 million rubles

The sec­ond place in the list is assigned to the iPhone 5 Black Dia­mond — the author’s work of Stu­art Hugh­es. A busi­ness­man from Chi­na ordered a unique device with a black dia­mond, and the design­er made two ver­sions — for the cus­tomer and the “ordi­nary peo­ple”.

The black dia­mond on the nav­i­ga­tion but­ton is the main idea behind Hugh­es’ cre­ation. Pho­to: tuitec.com

The crafts­man spent nine weeks dec­o­rat­ing an iPhone 5 for a busi­ness­man. The case is made of pure gold, the main dia­mond is 26 carats. Hugh­es took 600 white dia­monds to dec­o­rate the case around the perime­ter. The design­er made the screen from sap­phire glass.

The exact cost of the work and the prod­uct was not named, but accord­ing to CNN esti­mates, one black dia­mond cost 14.5 mil­lion US dol­lars. In total, the cus­tomer alleged­ly paid 15 mil­lion US dol­lars or 958 mil­lion rubles.

When the pic­tures went online, the smart­phone aroused unprece­dent­ed inter­est among the pub­lic. To please those who want to get a beau­ti­ful iPhone not for 15 mil­lion, Hugh­es made a copy — with­out the black dia­mond and pre­cious stones. The mod­el-copy made of gold sold only 4 thou­sand US dol­lars.

Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond

The rich peo­ple liked the iPhone dec­o­ra­tion for­mat, but the abun­dance of dia­monds and oth­er stones has ceased to be a trend. At this time, the Fal­con Super­no­va iPhone 6 appeared — the most expen­sive smart­phone in the world.

The smart­phone is cov­ered with gold, but this is not the main thing. A dia­mond flaunts on the back cov­er — so big that the price of the device breaks through the mark of 48 mil­lion US dol­lars. 3 bil­lion rubles for a smart­phone with a dia­mond — wild­ness? Buy­ers have been found!