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'Louis Vuitton'-edition 'Moto Aura' launched

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Motorola’s wacky flip-around mobile phone, the Aura, is supposedly the pinnacle of handset style. But a third-party’s designed a knock-off model that's crucially much, much cheaper.

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The Imobile Phone V453: 'inspired' by Motorola's Aura and Louis Vuitton

Motorola launched Aura back in October and it later emerged that the phone would cost in the region of £1370 ($1924/€1481). But one online retailer will now sell you the phone for just over $100 (£71/€77) and deck it out like a WAG’s Louis Vuitton handbag.

It’s probably safe to assume that the copycat model – known as the Imobile Phone V453 - doesn’t sport the Swiss-made bearings, custom engineering, tungsten-carbide coated gears and mirror-polished finish of the Aura, but some of the same technical specifications still apply.

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Now that's classy!

For example, the V453 has the same size 1.5in circular LCD, MP3 support and rear-mounted camera. But the phone’s been downgraded from quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge to just two GSM bands.

But who cares, because if you’re the sort of person that buys a Louis Vuitton phone then you’ll care more about looks than features – just ask Vertu...

So, you’ll be glad to hear that lights, rather than diamonds, glow around the V453’s display and that practically every surface is decked out with the all-important designer logo.

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Cheap, if you buy five

If you want one, head over to the website of retailer ShopKami. ®

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