I’ve waxed lyrical over KDDI’s beautiful, Japan-exclusive Infobar collection of telephones in The Verge’s figurative pages earlier than, and the primary mannequin in three years was simply introduced: that is the Infobar XV. Because the identify alludes to, it’s really an anniversary cellphone, celebrating a decade and a half for the reason that first Infobar was launched in October 2003.
It appears to be like rather a lot just like the 2007 Infobar 2, my private favourite of the vary, and it strikes away from newer fashions in that it’s probably not a smartphone. It runs Android as a base, sure, however KDDI says the software program atop it has been designed from a feature-phone perspective, and the Infobar XV has the bodily buttons to match. This implies you may run important apps for Japan like Line on an LTE connection whereas retaining the basic Infobar expertise. In concept. The cellphone was supposedly developed primarily based on the suggestions of Infobar followers.
This image exhibits the XV within the center, with the unique Infobar on the left and the two on the proper:
And listed here are the three colorways being provided. The basic koi carp-inspired Nishikigoi continues to be round, after all, backed up by two new choices: the pink and purple Cherry Berry and the ostensibly eggplant-esque (I don’t actually see it) Nasukon.
Spec-wise, the Infobar XV has a three.1-inch 800 x 480 display screen, an Eight-megapixel digital camera, and LTE connectivity. It’s 14mm thick and has a 1,500mAh battery.
So yeah, it’s a characteristic cellphone, however a particularly scorching one. It’ll be out in October — solely in Japan, after all.