Eye-catching phones from abroad

The US is blessed with a dizzying number of phones we can get through carrier stores, but that won't stop us from coveting our neighbors' phones. Imbued with innovative features or just plain wacky to look at, here are some of the most attention-grabbing styles we've seen outside our borders.

Editors' note: This story was originally published March 19, 2014 and was last updated February 20, 2015.

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Oppo N3

There is no other phone with a motorized swivel camera like the Oppo N3, which also takes top-quality selfies with its 16-megapixel camera. Other features include a 5.5-inch 1080p display and Android 4.4.

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Xiaomi Mi Note

Xiaomi isn't selling its phones in the US, but if it did, the Xiaomi Mi Note would be a pretty hot little ticket. For about $320 (sans contract), you'd get a 5.7-inch phablet made of metal and glass, with a high-end Qualcomm processor and a 13-megapixel shooter.

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LG Aka

You think of your phone as your best bud now? Wait until you see the LG Aka. Its four cartoony personalities make the Aka more than just a phone. (See first slide.)

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Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri

What does a $6,000 phone look like? Like this calfskin leather and stainless steel number. Call the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri, this track-worthy smartphone features a familiar decal.

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YotaPhone 2

This unusual handset is Android on the front and an e-ink display on the rear. The YotaPhone 2 is totally novel, but it'll cost you (just not as much as that Lambo phone.)

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OnePlus One

The pretty glass OnePlus One hails from China, where its bright 5.5-inch 1080p HD screen and zippy quad-core processor. This $350 handset is on sale outside the US, but if you want it on these shores, you'll have to find it yourself.

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LG Wine Smart

Android plus flip phone equals LG Wine Smart. It's got a neat textured finish and eye-catching racing stripe. It sells in South Korea, where it's intended for people transitioning from a non-touch feature phone.

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Jolla phone

Its sequel is long overdue, but don't discount the Jolla phone yet. The Sailfish OS is an open-source Android alternative that could have a sliver of a future if Jolla were to join forces with compatriot Nokia.

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Nokia Asha 503

This midrange phone is long in the tooth and sluggish at best, but I had to include the Nokia Asha 503 for its unique frozen-in-ice aesthetic.

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