Refreshing design? Check. 3.7-inch qHD screen? Check. Android 2.3 Gingerbread with a unique, flexible UI? Check. The KDDI iida INFOBAR A01 stars in today’s installment of "We want a Japanese smartphone" drool fest.
The KDDI iida INFOBAR A01 has a 3.7” qHD (540 x 960) pixels capacitive screen with about 300 ppi (Retina display on iPhone 4 has 326 ppi). The screen uses ASV LCD technology, which promises excellent viewing angles.
The iida INFOBAR A01 runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the custom iida UI – it’s a highly customizable interface that lets users arrange widgets into a grid. Kinda like Windows Phone 7, don't you think?
Here’s a promo video that does a better job at explaining the interface.
Other specs of the INFOBAR A01 include an 8MP camera, microSD card slot (up to 32GB), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, microUSB and an infrared port (is that still around in Japan?). There’s a digital tuner and an e-wallet function too. The phone measures 118 x 63 x 11.8 mm and weighs 113 grams.
The iida INFOBAR A01 has GSM/CDMA dual-mode connectivity, but there don’t seem to be any plans for a release outside of Japan.
The phone should launch in July along with cool looking accessories – colorful latex cases, a leather case, colorful stickers and a great looking charger.
DigiInfo have a quick hands-on video with the KDDI iida INFOBAR A01, don’t miss it:
can you please send me prices of INFOBAR A01 Cell phone.
Maybe Samsung will do a rip off on this phone... *sigh*
one major reason overseas model of japan mobile phone not available because the R&D of these phones are much funded by Japanese telcos, not the phone manufacturer themselves.. basically they are exclusives for japanese telcos' release..