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It’s small, it’s shiny and it’s perfect for the pub, apparently. Electronics company Onyx has designed a miniature mobile phone that’s intended to be used in addition to your primary handset.

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Onyx's Liscio: a mobile down-time

Dubbed Liscio, the tri-band GSM handset measures just 91 x 35 x 18mm and weighs a mere 60g. Onyx, which was only founded last year by electronics firm Blue Telephony - no we haven't heard of them either - is pitching the handset at anyone looking for a secondary "pub phone", or to those in desperate need of a stylish device that allows them to leave their, say, Nokia N95 or iPhone safely tucked up at home sometimes.

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There's no camera, but the Liscio does play MP3s

Reflective metallic surfaces aplenty help mean the Liscio's rather stylish and should ensure both you and the missus can check your hair or make-up whilst down the boozer. Onyx claims the Liscio will give you about three hours of talk time and 11 hours of so-called “play time”, with users able to access menu options through a scroll wheel built into the handset’s side.

The handset boasts a colour OLED display, but you may have to squint slightly because the screen is only 1.1in diameter with a resolution of 96 x 96 pixels. Despite the absence of a camera, the phone has 128MB of internal storage and an external memory card slot for Micro SD cards.

A mini USB port at the top of the phone acts as both the data transfer port - although Bluetooth 1.2 is also on board - and a charging port for the phone. It supports AMR and MP3 multimedia, in addition to including an FM radio. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits next to the phone’s USB port.

The Liscio handset is available online now for a SIM-free price of £130 (€155/$260).

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