A 'Buddha phone' for serenity now

It even has a jade-like scroll button.

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If there's one thing that's in dire need among mobile phone addicts , it's a calming influence. And though it may be too much to ask for them to part with their handsets , perhaps the answer is in the handset itself, honorable grasshopper.

Enter the "Buddha phone."

This "pear of the orient," as Newlaunches describes it, has even been blessed by a Buddhist monk. Lesser beings like us might be interested in knowing such superficial elements as its touch screen, microSD card slot, and 24k-gold plating. Those features are hardly unique these days, but how many phones can claim to have jade-like scroll buttons?

Unfortunately the only place to pick up one of these zen phones is on the streets of Shenzhen. Or, perhaps, the afterlife.

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