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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.