Google introduces a trio of low-priced Android One phones in New Delhi

Google introduces a trio of low-priced Android One phones in New Delhi
Google has introduced the first three models created under its Android One program. In New Delhi, the Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, and the Micromax Canvas A1 were all introduced. The latter handset is the most expensive of the trio at $106 USD. Karbonn's model is priced at $104 USD while Spice's phone is $103 USD.

Google's plan is to help local manufacturers build low cost Android phones in emerging markets. The Micromax handset is now available from Amazon, Spice's device is available from Indian online retailer Flipkart, and Karbonn's offering can be purchased from from Snapdeal. There is some tough competition at the low end in India, where Mozilla has started selling a $40 phone powered by Firefox OS. With only 10% of the Indian population of 900 million using a smartphone, there is plenty of opportunity.


All three initial models share the same specs. We're talking about a 4.5 inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 854. While the processor hasn't been announced, the buzz is that a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek is being employed on all three models. 1GB of RAM is on board, and we've already told you about the 4GB of native storage (2.3GB available to users) and its connection to the camera on the handsets. Speaking of which, the rear-facing camera is 5MP on the three phones, with a 2MP camera adorning the front of each unit. Each phone comes with a 1700mAh battery, and has Android 4.4.4 pre-installed. The Spice and Karbonn models each come with an 8GB microSD card. All three phones offer Wi-Fi , 3G and Bluetooth connectivity, and support dual SIM cards.

The phone promise quick updates to Android's OS, and other manufacturers such as Lenovo, HTC and Panasonic are said to be working on their own Android One handsets. Google has said that it will dig deep into its pockets to help promote the Android One initiative.


source: WSJ via BGR

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