Industrial design freaks cannot claim to be freaks if they have never heard of AU KDDI’s Design Project, it basically comprises the wackiest cellphone designs that you could never imagine and commercialize. When AU displayed the INFOBAR2 and some other jaw dropping concepts earlier this year, everybody doubted if they will actually become real phones. Well, AU is saying yes this morning, and they’re showing us the working model of INFOBAR2 in all its glory as a pre-launch for the winter line-up.
Pics and specs after the jump.
Just like the original INFOBAR launched in 2003, the INFOBAR2 is designed by Naoto Fukasawa and manufactured by Sanyo. The biggest challenge in commercializing this product would be the curvy body.
Despite the funky design, the INFOBAR2 is not weak in the inside at all. First off the phone uses a 2.6″ 240×400 OLED screen with improved visibility outdoors. A One-Seg DMB tuner is also built in, you can record your shows onto the microSD card. You can also take reasonably good pictures with the 1.97MP auto-focus camera, listen to music via the stereo speakers, find your way through the streets with AGPS, browse full HTML sites on the CDMA EV-DO network, and buy stuff with the Felica electronic money slash ticket microchip built in.
In short, it really doesn’t sacrifice anything to design.
The unit measures 47x138x15.5mm (104g) and will start selling in late November. The official kit would also come with a TV stand and protective pouch. No news on pricing yet.