Your garden variety mobile phone is something often slapped together in a mass production way with inexpensive parts and little thought put into design. Not all mobiles are this way though, especially if you are willing to layout nearly two grand for one. Such is the case with the new Motorola Aura.
The Aura is said to be inspired by "luxury watches and handcrafted design." It takes design cues from traditional watches with have high quality parts for seamless operations. This particular mobile’s most noted visual touch is its rotating blade, which opens via assistance from a Swiss-made main bearing, gears composed of Rockwell 50-55 hardened steel and 130 precision ball bearings. It may seem like overkill but, as Motorola puts it, the effect is "more like opening a luxury car door than accessing a mobile device."
The display of the Aura is seen as being another element of this phone to be drool worthy. Motorola says this display is the world’s first circular one. It sports 16 million colors and 300 dpi resolution and is also capped with Grade 1, 62-carat sapphire crystal lens. The end result of this, one has to imagine, is an extremely vivid phone display.
Motorola is also saying this stainless-steel phone is hand-sculpted, with the front piece of it taking around two weeks to finish. The company says that, in that time, "the stainless steel is sculpted, electro and hand polished, chemically etched and PVD coated." This all houses, of course, the over 200 individual parts operating the blade.
As far as technical aspects go, the Aura offers auto enhancement technology and Bluetooth as well as 2GB of internal memory, USB 2.0 connectivity, a 2-megapixel digital camera, media playback capability and GSM support. It will be available later this year.