Meet the AQUOS K Android Flip Phone: No Touchscreen! No Google Play! [TOP 15 of 2015]
The following article, originally published on February 19, was AkihabaraNews' 6th most popular of 2015 (weird, right?). So yeah, in addition to fax machines and electronic dictionaries, Japanese retailers can still move feature- and flip phones. Honestly, it's just because Japan is chock-full of old people. That's pretty much it! [Check out the full Top 15 of 2015 list here.]
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The Nostalgia is Strong with This One
Yes, feature and flip phones are still widely available in Japan (not huge sellers these days), but we’re pretty sure this is first time anyone’s bothered to shoehorn Google’s Android OS into a device that doesn’t even have a touchscreen.
Manufactured by Sharp under their Aquos brand, the Android 4.4 (KitKat) Aquos K is equipped with a quad-core CPU and 13-megapixel camera, but, as mentioned, it does lack a touchscreen - though the four-way pointer area uses Sharp’s TOUCH CRUISER technology...on a tiny little square...to scroll and move a cursor on the screen.
Starting tomorrow, au KDDI, Japan' second-largest mobile carrier, will offer the phone at an MSRP of ¥49,680 (~$418.00); customers are given the option to pay for the phone outright or have the cost amortized over the length of a 1 or 2-year contract. Surprising exactly no one, the phone will be available at a discount to citizens 55 or older.
Surprising us, in a way, and yet not at the same time, the Aquos K cannot access Google Play. Which says a lot.
Specs for the Aquos K from au KDDI
- Size: 51 × 113 × 16.9mm
- Weight: 128g
- Colors: Red/Black, White, Gold/Black
- Connectivity: 3G, 4G-LTE, Bluetooth 4.0, Mobile Wallet, Infrared Port, Full Seg Digital TV, Wi-Fi, Network Tethering
- More: Water/Dust proof, impact resistant