Motorola Aura

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Motorola Aura (styled AURA) is a series of luxury mobile phones from Motorola, and is part of the 4LTR line, announced in October 2008 and made available by December. Though it was going to be a series, only one phone was released, known as Aura R1. However, three further special editions of the Aura R1 were released through 2009: Aura Diamoniqe Edition, Aura Celestial Edition and Aura Diamond Edition. Aura is a luxury device with US$2000 price tag. It is made from premium materials such as stainless steel and sapphire and comes inside a wooden box.

The phone featured a unique high-resolution circular display with 300dpi and an adapted circular user interfaced based on Motorola's MotoMagx operating system. One of the main selling points of the device apart from its screen was its swivel-like opening mechanism. This was thanks to its Swiss-made gears composed of Rockwell 50-55 hardened steel and 130 precision ball bearings. Its custom-engineered rotating mechanism is composed of more than 200 high-precision individual parts, and the gears are protected against harsh conditions with the same coatings used in high-performance racing engines.[1]


Motorola Aura R1
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Manufacturer Motorola
Compatible networks 2G only, GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Availability by Region December 2008
Related Motorola V70
Form factor Swivel
Dimensions 96.9 x 47.6 x 18.6 mm
Weight 141 g
Memory 2 GB internal memory, no Memory card slot
Battery Li-Ion 810 mAh, Talk time capacity: Up to 7 h 20 min.
Display circular TFT screen, 16 million colors, 480px in diameter
Rear camera 2 megapixel camera (1600×1200 pixels) with video
Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0, USB
Other Stainless steel housing, Assisted opening blade mechanism with Carbon-carbide coated gears, voice memo, chemically engraved textures.
Close-up of swivel mechanism gears, visible through clear back window.

The R1 was announced in October 2008, and put in production in December 2008. The launch price was approximately 1,420 (UK£1,200, over US$2000) due to its premium materials and packaging. The phone featured GSM technology, 2GB of internal memory and an optimised user interface for its circular display, which was a 1.55" screen with a high resolution of 300dpi.

Two Aura special editions were announced at Mobile World Congress 2009: Diamoniqe Edition and Gold Edition. Both of these were styled by luxury designer Alexander Amosu. The Diamoniqe Edition was adorned with 90 diamonds around the circular display whereas the Gold Edition featured a 24-carat gold-plated housing.[2] Both editions received a limited release due to its exclusivity.

Due to the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in which Motorola had collaborated with the equipment that enabled the Apollo 11 astronauts to communicate with Earth, Motorola released a special edition in July, 2009 to celebrate that accomplishment. It comes with exclusive pre-loaded pictures, audio and video content, given by NASA. The handset comes with a laser made inscription and 9 post stamps to commemorate the mission. The first unit produced was gifted to Neil Armstrong.[3]

October, 2009 saw the release of Aura Diamond Edition, a device upgrade with 18 carat gold plating and 34 diamonds around its screen and navigation buttons. Due to the more premium materials, it had a US$5,730 price tag at launch.[4] Both the Diamond and Celestial editions were showcased at Mobile World Congress 2010.


  • Color: Silver only (Stainless steel).
  • Vibrating alert.
  • Ringtones:Polyphonic and MP3.
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • USB: 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Camera: 2 MP with video.
  • JAVA: Yes, MIDP 2.0
  • Video player: Yes, supports MPEG-4/3gp
  • Standby: 410h.
  • Talk time: Up to 7 h 20 min
  • 16 M colors circular display
  • GPRS Class 12
  • EDGE Class 12
  • Installed games: RealDice Chess, RealDice Backgammon
  • Vufone installed for synchronization.