Naoto Fukasawa designs Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI
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Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa designs streamlined Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI

Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a new version of his simple smartphone for telecommunications company KDDI.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Naoto Fukasawa's Infobar A03 – an updated of the A02 device – features an aluminium case with rounded edges and corners that surrounds a 4.5-inch (11.4-centimetre) display.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

"The new model boasts an elegant feel that fits comfortably in the hand," said a statement from Japanese brand KDDI.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

The design was created for KDDI's au range, which also includes a transparent model by Tojukin Yoshioka launched last month.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Infobar A03 has a unique user interface called Iida, which has been simplified from its previous version "for greater ease of use".

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Three buttons along the bottom of the screen are designed for quick navigation, while a camera and speaker are located in the portion above the display, which curves around the sides of the device.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Another camera and the flash are located within a black strip on the otherwise fully coloured aluminium back panel.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Scheduled to launch mid-February, the phone will be available in the same red-based Nishikigoi colour scheme as earlier designs, as well as blue, brown and pink variations.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

A range of accessories have also been designed to accompany the handset, including see-through covers, book-type cases and styluses.

Infobar A03 smartphone for KDDI's au range by Naoto Fukasawa

Earlier this month, Google unveiled its latest prototype for the Project Ara modular phone, for which Lapka has imagined a range of health-related components.