10 awesome to absurd limited edition smartphones

Vertu Ti Ferrari Edition

Absurdity – we’re getting there. This is a very expensive phone which in fact, doesn’t look half as good as the F12 Berlinetta that has inspired it.

It’s given all sorts of high-grade materials as an excuse for its ridiculous price, such as Alutex, which is used in the interior of Ferraris, and leather in red and black (which probably wouldn’t remain in pristine condition for long on a phone). It packs decent power on the inside, but far from the flagship specs available at the time, with 1GB RAM and 8MP Camera. But what you do get is 64GB of storage and Sapphire crystal glass, which apparently does not crack.

At point of release, this Vertu cost a whopping RM37,000. Flaunt all you want, it’s not even that pretty to look at. 

Samsung Matrix Phone

“It belongs in a museum!”

Wrong film, but that’s exactly what you’d feel obliged to say if you got your hands on one of these today.

A tie-in with Matrix Reloaded, it was not intended as a mainstream phone for general use, and was kindly marketed solely to fans who would appreciate the piece of rare and high quality merchandise. 

That humble awareness just about redeems itself. Its coolest feature is the spring-loaded earpiece that snaps up to reveal the screen, so you look extra cool answering a phone (all while wearing shades of course).

Nerds will love this: it rocks stylized green buttons, all of peripherals feature the Matrix code, and get this, when it boots up, “the Matrix” is displayed on the screen. When you turn it off, “GOOD BYE” is shown, reminiscent of Neo’s first encounter with the Matrix. In the words of Morpheus, there's no better way to distinguish those who know the path, and walk the path. 

Meitu Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon Editions

This is going to be a polarising one, even to die-hard fans of Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon. The fact that you’re spending big money on a design you can never run away from is quite the commitment.

Meitus are all about selfies, and the Meitu M8 packs a solid 12MP front cam with a 21MP rear camera. Arguably, the best deal here is the Sailor Moon Pretty Soldier Edition, which comes with its own selfie stick that looks like Sailor Moon’s sceptre. It’s quite the collector’s item.

Only 10000 units were made available, but you can still buy the Hello Kitty editions from their website for ¥27990 (RM1800). 

Celcius X VI II LeDIX Orgine

We can't even begin to pronounce the name of this phone, but it’s radical design is perhaps even more controversial than the Meitu. It could look like something out of the Transformers films, with its moving cogs and angular design, or it could look like an assembly of parts from a scrap yard.

It’s a combination of a pocket watch and a clamshell phone made from polished and brushed grade 5 titanium and solid ebony wood inserts. Open it up, and you’ll find a keypad made of 21 keys and one single sapphire crystal plate. All we want to know is, what happens when you inevitably drop it?

The LeDIX Origine was released back in 2010 and would’ve set you back RM1,300,000. We’re not too sure who's going to service it for you if you damage it though. 

Black Diamond iPhone 5

There comes a point where we need to ask, is there really a point for phones to be a luxury item? These are pieces of technology that become dated in a matter of one to two years, and aren’t “timeless” like watches or cars.

The Black Diamond iPhone 5 was the world’s most expensive handset back in 2013 and the jaw-dropping £10 million (RM55 million) asking price hasn’t been matched.

For that, you don’t get an iPhone 5 that’s future-proofed for the next century - it's exactly the same, but you do get an excessive amount of bling.

Precious metals and stones are stuck all over the phone. You also get a gold body and the titular 24ct black diamond that replaces the home button. And 600 more white diamonds to finish off the phone’s edge and 53 more to make up the rear Apple logo.

So who bought it? It was built for a Chinese businessman to use as his daily driver. Imagine if he gave the Note 7 the same treatment.

 

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