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The design-focused Infobar A03 smartphone is headed for Japan

Japanese carrier KDDI au has just announced their new Infobar A03 handset. It's a Kyocera-made smartphone made from aluminum that largely focuses on design.

Published onJanuary 19, 2015


We haven’t seen a new Infobar device come from Japanese carrier KDDI au since early 2013, but that’s for good reason. The carrier has just introduced their followup to their most recent Infobar handset, the A03. This Kyocera-made Android device is made of anodized aluminum and totes a 4.5-inch 1080p display, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM, a 2020mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage with microSD expansion up to 128GB and a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. It’s also comes with IPX5/8 waterproof and IP5X dustproof resistance, and it’s available in four different colors: Nishikigoi (Red), Pool (Blue), Mocha Brown (Brown), and Sakura Iro (Pink).

The device is running Android 4.4 KitKat, but you likely won’t be able to tell. One of the aspects Infobar devices are known for is their software overlay, and the A03 is no exception. It’s running “iida UI”, which was debuted back on the first Infobar smartphone, the A01. The skin is designed by Yugo Nakamura, an award-winning artist and designer, and looks like a hybrid of Android and Windows Phone software.

The A03 is absolutely a handset made with design in mind. The company didn’t stop there, though. Maria Dahlgren, a stationary and graphic designer, and Akira Minagawa have made a line of stylish cases for the device. The company even had furniture-maker Maruni make a wooden dock for the phone, which looks like it would be perfect for a bedside table. If you’re looking for a design-focused handset with a ton of premium accessories, this may be worth looking in to.

The Infobar A03 will be available sometime in mid-February, though we’re unsure of the exact date. The price and compatible regions haven’t been made public either, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything else on the handset. Anyone out there interested in the Inforbar A03?

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