Motorola AURA: a name predestined for a fashionable handset, isn’t it? Well, such a handset exists, and Motorola has officially unveiled it today.
What first gets your attention when seeing the Motorola AURA is its circular display and its stainless steel front pattern inspired by luxury watches. The display is a 1.55-inch one with 16 million colors and a 300 dpi resolution – a first for a circular mobile phone screen. The dislpay is also protected by a grade 1, 62-carat sapphire crystal, which should keep scratches away.
Although Motorola AURA looks like a clamshell, it’s actually not. At least not in the true meaning of the word. The phone’s front side rotates up, helped by a mechanism that includes 130 precision ball bearings and guarantees the same grace at opening, even after you flip the phone 100,000 times.
Here’s how the AURA looks like, when open:
Motorola AURA is made out of more than 700 individual components, including “gears composed of Rockwell 50-55 hardened steel”, which are coated in the same manner racing engines are.
(notice that window to the handset’s “mechanical heart” on the back case)
What about the phone’s other features? Well, they’re not bad but not great either. Once again, Motorola has something against 3G connectivity. Here are the main specs of AURA:
Quad band GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz with GPRS, EDGE
Music & video players
2 MP fixed focus camera with video recording
SMS & MMS
“Open source” browser
2GB of internal memory
Stereo Bluetooth 2.0, A2DP and EDR
96.87 x 47.60 x 18.55 mm, 141 grams
Talk time: up to 7.3 hours
Stand by time: up to 400 hours
Motorola AURA will be released on December 4, via the Moto Store, so it will probably make a perfect gift for many rich mobile users. And I say “rich” because the handset will cost you $1,999.99.
Meanwhile, you can experience the new phone at this Motorola webpage, especially created for the AURA.
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