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Infobar C01: Android phone from Japan with a 12-key keypad

How we rue saying that old-school keypads on phones were headed for extinction. Though touchscreens now rule the roost, every now and then a new 12-key phone rears it’s head, looks pretty impressive and is another reminder of a) there’s still demand for the old fashioned way of TXT MSG-ing and b) we woz wrong.

The Infobar C01 is the latest such, coming with many specs you’d expect to see these days. It runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has an 8-megapixel camera and its memory can bulk up to 32GB via microSD. But the Infobar C01 also packs a 12-key pad underneath. Bam.

As well as this, the 3.2-inch 854 x 480 res screen is of the touch-sensitive variety. So you’ve got the option of playing Angry Birds and tapping away at texts, like you do on Nokia’s new Asha range and Touch & Type phones.

Other features of the Infobar C01 includes the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, digital TV tuner and an e-wallet app.

Sadly for us Brits, the colourful range won’t be coming out here. KDDI au, Japan’s second biggest network, has bragging rights on this chap. So unless you’ve got friends in Japan who are willing to get one (they go on sale next month), it’s no banzai for you.

Source: KDDI au (1) and 2 (both in Japanese), via TechCrunch

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