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Japan is well-known for its seriously interesting mobile products, and the Infobar A02 on KDDI doesn't disappoint on design or creativity in the least. The Infobar series has traditionally been a design-leading line, and the A02 follows along with a striking thin unibody design in red, white and blue varieties. The design continues onto the interface, which is built on Android 4.1 -- although you wouldn't know it by looking at the homescreen. Closer to the paradigm of Windows Phone, the Inforbar uses a tiled interface comprised of smaller app tiles and larger widget tiles, in a vertical scrolling list.

This handset is actually manufactured by HTC, and has some top-notch specs on the inside. We're looking at a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 16GB of (expandable) storage, 1GB of RAM, 720x1280 TFT display, 2100mAh battery and of course LTE. Like many high-end Japanese handsets, the Infobar A02 is also waterproof and dustproof, and includes NFC for mobile payments as well as a 1seg TV antenna.

This is quite an interesting handset on all fronts, and worth a look at some of the materials on KDDI's product page for the phone. If you're interested, head to the source link and check out the galleries, especially the pictures showing the lineage of Infobar design for the last 10 years.

Source: KDDI

There are 4 comments

mechaphil says:

Looks like someone in the company went My Color Screen-happy

garfnodie says:

It's just a matter of time before a system dump is leaked. Once that happens, it'll spread like wildfire on XDA getting translated and release as a custom ROM. I remember when MIUI first came out, it was cool to use and stuff, but I always went back to CM. I'll certainly check this out and try it though.

patrixl says:

The launcher for the previous phones was already available somewhere, but not the full system dump, then again they were made by Sharp which locks their bootloaders pretty tightly.

Wasn't interested that in the previous iterations (Gingerbread, 512MB RAM, single-core CPUs, etc, released in 2011 and 2012 IIRC), this one seems more interesting. Although I still question the wisdom of having one UI for launcher clash with the rest of the Holo apps and other UIs. I'll have to try it next month at the shops I suppose and see ;) Conveniently enough, AU (which people seem to refer as KDDI, here, although the full name is "AU by KDDI") has just sent me a ¥5250 coupon in the mail for buying a new smartphone. Not that it'll make a big difference, this phone will surely be around ¥70000 or so...

XChrisX says:

This looks like a convergence of iOS, and WP8! Interesting to say the least.