Au's Infobar phone line has been around since 2001, always featuring plenty of color and hoping to bring innovative ideas to the smartphone world through eye-popping, unique design. Bringing another stylized entry to the lineup, Au has posted a brief dossier on the new Infobar A02, designed by Naoto Fukasawa and manufactured by HTC.

One of the device's main claims to fame is its apparent use of HTC's ImageSense chip, allowing for smooth burst capture. It's also waterproof and dustproof, and has plenty of specs to ogle. Among them are its 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 4.7" 720p display, 8MP camera, LTE support, and microSD slot. Oh, and it has infrared and a TV tuner. The only downside, if it can be called that, is the device's short-of-bleeding-edge 1GB RAM.

After appreciating the device's slick form factor, the next thing you'll notice is the highly customized Android interface. The overlay (called iida UI 2.0), which rests atop Android 4.1, looks a bit like Windows' latest mobile iteration at first glance, but is significantly more peppy, with plenty of transitions and animations to keep users amused as they interact with their device. Interestingly, the device relies on software buttons.

Besides a smooth, simple design and decent specs, the phone is sturdy – its chassis is aluminum, and the front is – of course – glass. The images below show off the Nishikigoi ("brocaded carp"), Ice Gray, and Aoao color variants.


ice-gray nishikigoi (1) aoao

As beautiful as it is, the Infobar A02 is currently only slated for Japanese release in mid-February, with no sign of expansion to the US any time soon. To see Au's original write up (and more photos), hit the source link below.

Source: au via Engadget

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • zzz

    This is ugly

    • GigiAUT

      It's different, not ugly. Besides, it's for the Japanese Market. Clearly they have different tastes over there.

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    looks like the first iphone. a lot.

  • btod

    lol at the :45 mark when she tries to say 4G LTE

    • tonkotsu

      she didn't "try" to say it, it's how japanese people say romanized words using their language.

      • fixxmyhead

        U mad? Lol

        • enomele

          Why did you say that? There's no tone of anger in anything they wrote. A simple correction. Not to mention u mad hasn't ever been funny.

          • fixxmyhead

            he may not be angry but he did get irritated a bit. just look at his screenname its japanese and it must of ticked him off a little bit. i know the "u mad" saying is not funny but the fact that he was irritated enough to comment is a little funny to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

      Haha watched the video because of your comment. Worth it.

  • alrighty

    first HTC phone with on-screen keys!

    • beanerri

      that's one good striking design.
      htc should learn from this japanese au infobar and Naoto Fukasawa.

  • ericl5112

    I'd probably rather this hardware design than the M7 leaks. Hopefully those were covers, but they didn't seem to me. Maybe prototypes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/darrien.glasser Darrien Glasser

    I've got to say this looks remarkably like the sense 5 leaks that have been out lately.

  • Matti

    Fwiw, AU's relationship with HTC for this device is similar to Google's relationship with manufacturers for Nexus branded devices. AU does give significant input, so you could say it's as much an AU phone as it is a HTC one, so it won't be a big surprise if some of the styling and skinning forms part of future versions of HTC/Sense.

    The hardware looks great. But the skin, while attractive in places with some undeniably good features (list view), seems overdone. The moment you launch an app (Holo or not), the sense of cohesion will all fall apart (same for any oem skin, tbh). The bubbly animations will get tiring after prolonged use, I suspect.

    Still, definitely one of the more attractive Android handsets (in terms of hardware design) out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/benjamin.pavel Benjamin Pavel

    I like hardware especially the buttons they are ALOT more nice than on One X.
    But about the UI, well to me it just looks too much iOS-ish and childish so ill rather pass but in Asia cute and childish stuff are a BIG hit so i understand why the UI is like that.
    Here is the "hands on" video: http://youtu.be/cnm_0q7HVbU

    • IncCo

      looks very fluid tho.. but yes, slightly childish UI.

  • Napster87

    not gonna lie, this is a nice looking attempt at being unique. i like the ui from what i see in the screen shots. and if you don't like it, install a custom launcher.

  • Cuvis

    One thing I love about this site is that there's no Apple fanboys to tell us how everything with a black face and rounded corners is an iPhone knockoff.

    These are really nicely designed, and I wouldn't mind having one myself, if anybody were interested in bringing it stateside. As long as the specs were good, of course.

  • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

    Really love the look of it - I think I love the stock Android too much to switch UI (I would probably flash it with a custom ROM) but I appreciate the effort they've gone to to do something different with the hardware itself.

  • http://twitter.com/CrankyV8 AfterShock

    I like her voice!

  • aimee

    i loved the original infobar A01 design with the buttons ... this design is so ugly i'm sorry .. it's so boring and typical