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October 5, 2015

Tech that breaks the bank: 5 of the world’s most expensive gadgets

List: Would you spend $36,000 on a USB flash drive?

By Vinod

Won the lottery or just browsing your options for when you land that massive windfall? There are some expenive peices of kit out there, and CBR brings you five of the most expensive.


1. iPhone – £5,000,000

Diamond Rose iPhone 4 32GB

This is one phone you do not want to drop. With only 2 ever made, the smartphone is handmade from rose gold and boasts an approximate 500 individual flawless diamonds.

The rose gold apple logo has 53 embedded diamonds, while the main navigation is made from platinum and holds a single cut 7.4ct pink diamond. If you get bored of the pink diamond, then there is also a rare 8ct single cut flawless diamond which you can swap in.

This smartphone does not come in a standard white cardboard Apple box, but a 7kg chest made out of a single block of granite. Taking that selfie has never been more fabulous than with this handset.


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2. Android Smartphone – $130,000

Ulysse Nardin Chairman Luxury Hybrid Smart Phone

Even phones not decked out in gold and diamonds can break the bank – like this Ulysse Nardin Chairman smartphone.

The cheapest model of these Android phones comes in at about $14,000, while a full bells-and-whistles model will foot you with a bill of around $130,000. The smart phone is the result of a partnership between Ulysse Nardi, renowned for mechanical timepieces, and SCI Innovations, a leader in hybrid phone technology.

Boasting that the series of smartphones are ‘the most technically advanced smart phone offered in the luxury phone market today’, the phone comes with fingerprint recognition, a kinetic power system, touch screen and 32GB internal memory.

Also listed on the specs is that Facebook comes preloaded – apparently a must if you are spending £130k on an android smartphone.


3. USB Flash Drive – $36,000

Magic Mushroom USB Flash Drive

If you want to store data in style then this ticks all the boxes. For the price of a car you get a 32GB USB stick covered in 18ct white gold, emeralds and white diamonds.

Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, makers Shawish Geneva also offer cheaper alternatives – though the lowest priced $16,500 Mushroom will still break the bank.

Who would move to the cloud with bling like this?


4. Smart Wearable – $150,000

Armill smart bracelet

If you are wealthy you could go for the $10,000 solid gold Apple Watch, but if money is really no object then you should look no further than the Armill smart bracelet.

Designed by Pininfarina, Ferrari’s exclusive designer, the carbon fibre frame is made by the same manufacturer that supplies F1 teams.

Boasting ceramic components, diamonds and other gems, the bracelet combines ultra-low power NFC and BLE with a kinetic energy generation system. This means that as you move, you also charge the bracelet. This, combined with the wireless rechargeable battery, means that the bracelet could go for more than a year without charging.

You can sync your personal assistants, yachts, smart home – really anything to the bracelet. The bracelet also comes with membership to an exclusive club with 24/7 concierge service.


5. Laptop – $1,000,000

Luvaglio One Million Dollar Laptop

There were some hot contenders to the most expensive laptop in the world, with the Luvaglio beating a solid gold Mac and a laptop designed by Bentley.

Luvaglio, based in the UK, has apparently built a $1m laptop with a 17" LED screen, 128GB of disk space, MP3 player and USB memory slot. But why the heavy price tag? That would be because of the rare handmade coloured diamond and stone shell in which the device sits. It’s also self-cleaning – which is a plus when you are shelling out a cool one million to browse the internet.

The company has come under fire for the low specifications of a device priced at $1m, it also remains to be seen if they have actually delivered on a physical product. It would, however, fit in well if you have already bought number 1 to 4 on this list.

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