KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 4 — Malaysian pewter manufacturer Royal Selangor is best known for crafting exquisite collections of pewter objects ranging from decorative figures, homeware and personal accessories. Now, Royal Selangor has crafted a unique desk accessory that complements your smartphone.
The Phonos Pod Amplifier is more than a pretty thing to lay on your desk as it actually functions as an acoustic accessory that amplifies sounds from your smartphone. It resembles a small metal egg that is cut in half. At the centre of the “shell” sits a wooden dock that you can place your smartphone within.
Around the sides, the Phonos’ exterior is adorned with a fine mesh pattern that varies depending on the size you choose. But across the different sizes, the pattern surrounding the Phonos resembles a radio grille or a speaker mesh.
On the Phonos’ base, there is a hole that allows you to run your smartphone’s charging cable through so you can charge your device while it plays music or a phone call in speakerphone mode.
Royal Selangor’s site lists three variants: Small, medium and large, to choose from. The smallest variant comes in three colours: Graphite, amethyst and turquoise.
There is also a medium-sized variant takes on a Brutalist style combining pewter and copper. Finally, there is a large variant that features a sunburst motif in pewter, complimented by a bronze accent finish.
However, Royal Selangor did not clearly state which smartphones the dock is compatible with, but it said it should fit most smartphones and charging cables depending on the smartphone case in use.
It should also be noted that you can only use your smartphone in vertical mode. Judging from the shape of the dock, watching videos in landscape mode does not seem possible, which is a bummer if you like watching lots of YouTube or Netflix.
The price for the docks are as follows:
Phonos Pod Amplifier (Turqoise, Amethyst, Graphite)
6cm x 12.5cm x 7cm (Small) – RM350
Phonos Pod Amplifier Copper
7cm x 15.5cm and 8cm (Medium) – RM450
Phonos Pod Amplifier Bronze
9cm x 14cm x 10cm (Large) – RM550