First Nougat-powered Android One smartphone announced

First Nougat-powered Android One smartphone announced
General Mobile is well-known among Android One fans thanks to its many smartphones the company launched in the last couple of year. It was General Mobile that launched the first Android One handset aimed at the European market.

The good news for General Mobile fans is the company achieved another first with the announcement of the GM 5. It appears that this is the first Android One smartphone powered by Android 7.0 Nougat.

Aside from the Pixel phones there are few flagship smartphones that ship with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box, let along mid-range devices like those in the Android One family.

Although General Mobile did not offered details on the phone's price, we do know that it will be available in 20 markets, at least for the time being: Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey and Uzbekistan.

Specs-wise, the GM 5 is a rather entry-level smartphone that sports a 5-inch display with HD (720p) resolution. According to General Mobile, the device is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, probably a 4xx chipset.

The GM-5 packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD. There's also a 13-megapixel camera on the back, while in the front there's a secondary 5-megapixel camera for selfies.

General Mobile's low-end smartphone is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery and comes in three different colors: Golden, Space Gray and Black.

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14 Comments

1. Obie-Wan

Posts: 108; Member since: May 24, 2012

Good for secondary phone.

2. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

Anything quad-core is no longer good enough unless the thing you do daily is strictly limited to calling and texting. 4 Cortex-A53s just don't cut it anymore: it's going to suffer in web browsing, gaming, social media, and just about anything else you want to do with a phone.

5. UglyFrank

Posts: 2191; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

So an A10 BIG.little isn't good enough?

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

And 4 cores of A72 are very powerful. Number doesn't matter, what cores matter. Dual A72 and Dual 53 would have been much better choice.

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

or 4 kryo cores...

10. Obie-Wan

Posts: 108; Member since: May 24, 2012

Well mate, texting calling and whatsapp is enough for me. I have another phone for the heavy tasks, a quad-core too :)

14. Leo_MC

Posts: 6948; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

An there's always the dual-core Apple A9 chip that invalidates everything you have just said.

3. Sparksys

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 14, 2016

So..a snapdragon 820 is bad cuz it's quad core?

4. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

It doesn't mean that we moved to Octa-cores and Deca-cores that Quad-cores are no longer that potent. Take the Snapdragon 800 for example, I have been using a phone with it for 3 years now but it still is fluid and powerful enough to fit my needs.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

probably you're just too patient compared to people around here

9. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

exactly.. even my 4 year old Nexus4 still serves me beautifully...! Well, it all depends on how we use and take of of our phones...

11. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

phone's price is 169€ here in The Netherlands, and it is already for sale:http://www.pdashop.nl/product/637797/general-mobile-android-one-4g-wit.html

12. superkuiken

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 24, 2013

Currently the cheapest android 7.0 phone available here.

13. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Hope to get it on Daraz.pk on this Black Friday sales. They launched GM 4 last year, I only wish it came with a better processor, although I really like this no-nonsense clean minimalist design

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