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In these days of ever-smarter smartphones, the debut  mobile from Danish design firm Aesir is notable for the features it  lacks: a camera, an Internet connection, built-in obsolescence. “Instead  of more, we proposed better and longer lasting,” says designer Yves  Béhar. “It became a way to answer questions like, Why do I need a new  phone each year? And why does it have to be complicated?” For answers,  Aesir founder Thomas Møller Jensen spent two-plus years gathering an  army of materials specialists, engineers, and craftspeople. The result,  the AE+Y, has exceptionally clear audio and parts that are fully  replaceable ad infinitum. “We want the phone to be as interesting and  relevant in 10 years’ time as it is today,” says Jensen. We deconstruct  the features underlying the phone’s 6,000-euro price. Continued…

Price tag translation, $8,100. Gee is that all? Okay, so is it me or did Mr.  Béhar take a few cues from John’s Phone? Muy interesante.

In these days of ever-smarter smartphones, the debut mobile from Danish design firm Aesir is notable for the features it lacks: a camera, an Internet connection, built-in obsolescence. “Instead of more, we proposed better and longer lasting,” says designer Yves Béhar. “It became a way to answer questions like, Why do I need a new phone each year? And why does it have to be complicated?” For answers, Aesir founder Thomas Møller Jensen spent two-plus years gathering an army of materials specialists, engineers, and craftspeople. The result, the AE+Y, has exceptionally clear audio and parts that are fully replaceable ad infinitum. “We want the phone to be as interesting and relevant in 10 years’ time as it is today,” says Jensen. We deconstruct the features underlying the phone’s 6,000-euro price. Continued…

Price tag translation, $8,100. Gee is that all? Okay, so is it me or did Mr. Béhar take a few cues from John’s Phone? Muy interesante.

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