By Stephen Schenck | January 25, 2013 7:31 PM
HTC may have risen to become a smartphone heavyweight in its own right, but the company’s not above designing handsets destined to end up as carrier-branded models. That’s the case over in Japan where carrier au by KDDI is about to add the Infobar A02 to its lineup, without HTC’s name attached to it. Even in the absence of obvious ties to its creator, the A02 still managed to catch our eye, thanks in no small part to its bold, colorful design.
While the hardware itself is quite striking, the software doesn’t look like it disappoints, either. The Android’s homescreen features a neat UI, with rectangular widgets enhanced by some very creative transitions, morphing into globular balls as you resize them or move from screen to screen.
The A02 runs a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz, has a 4.7-inch 720p screen, includes 1GB of RAM, and comes equipped with 16GB flash storage. The phone has an eight-megapixel main camera with 2.1-megapixel front-facer, support LTE connectivity, and features Beats Audio, a quiet nod to its HTC roots. Japan should get the A02 next month, but don’t bet on it showing its face anywhere else.