Motorola Aura – luxury phone with the first circular display

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Blimey. Sometimes stuff leaks very very early, other times you don’t see it till it’s nearly out. This certainly falls into the latter category. It’s a more-than-a-little-ridiculous new phone from Motorola. “Luxury” doesn’t come close – this phone has more than 700 individual components, a 62-carat sapphire crystal lens, and the world’s first 16 million colour, circular display with 300 dpi resolution.

It’s making me a little breathless, so here’s what Motorola has to say about the device:

Combining superb craftsmanship and a distinctive interface, AURA delivers a sensory experience that is second to none for those with refined tastes. From the moment AURA owners pick up their devices, they elevate their own experience in luxury and unmatched quality.

Damn right. I’m feeling pretty elevated right now. What a beautiful phone. Unfortunately, the specs don’t quite match up – the camera’s only 2 megapixel, and the phone carries just 2GB of onboard memory, with no way of expanding that. It does have stereo Bluetooth, however, and the battery is rated at 400 hours of standby time.

Motorola is selling the Aura for nearly $2,000 (£1,180), so it’s not cheap, but I have a suspicion you’d realized that already. Preorders are available now, and they’ll start shipping on December 4th.

Motorola Aura (via Engadget)

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Duncan Geere