Google created the Android One movement to ensure developing markets have access too affordable devices with updated software. It looked great on paper, but the truth is most of these phones didn’t offer great bang for your buck. With so much competition and great options in the affordable smartphone market, Android One devices simply couldn’t keep up. Something’s gotta give!
The latest Android One leak may prove Google and its partners are getting ready to really step up their game. According to Indian retailer MySmartPrice’s post, the Search Giant has partnered with Lava Mobiles to create the Lava Pixel V1. With this handset, Google enters a new generation of Android One smartphones, with an improvement to design and specs unlike what we have seen before, coming from this project.
The Lava Pixel V1 is said to feature a large 5.5-inch 720p display, a 1.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera and a 2650 mAh battery. In addition, it is made to suit many types of users by offering dual-SIM capabilities and storage expansion via microSD card slot.
In terms of software, we are looking at Android 5.1.1, which makes total sense. Google is making sure these devices stay well updated.
By the way – is that metal on the sides and back? Indeed it is, which makes this a huge jump for the Android One venture. Most other phones have features cheap plastic bodies that leave much to be desired in terms of aesthetics. I have to say the Lava Pixel V1 is very sleek and refined. The bezels are thin and the phone manages to look very sophisticated.
Furthermore, the phone will priced very well considering what it seems to offer, as it should cost ₹11,349 (about $177 USD). This places the Lava Pixel V1 right next to competitors like the Moto G, Xiaomi’s devices and other affordable handsets. And with the promise of timely updates, it just may catch a good amount of customers.
What do you guys think? Would you buy a phone like the Lava Pixel V1 if you were in need of an affordable handset?