Google intros the first Android One smartphone for Europe: General Mobile 4G

Google intros the first Android One smartphone for Europe: General Mobile 4G
Google today unveiled the very first Android One smartphone that's officially made for Europe (the Karbonn Sparkle V doesn't count, since it's made for India, and is unofficially sold in Europe). The new handset is called General Mobile 4G, and will be available this week - starting May 15 - in Turkey. Although most of Turkey lies in Asia, and only a small part of it is situated in Europe, Google is still calling it its "first Android One European country."

The General Mobile 4G will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop at launch (with software updates guaranteed for 2 years). While it's not a high-end device (no Android One handset is), it offers more advanced features when compared to previously released Android One phones, including: a 5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2500 mAh battery. The General Mobile 4G measures 140.5 x 69.75 x 9.3 mm, and has a faux leather back cover. What about the price? Well, the handset will cost more than any other Android One phone out there: around $260 (off contract).

Besides India and Turkey, Android One smartphones are also available in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and will soon arrive in other markets.

Take a look at the General Mobile 4G below. Would you buy it for $260?


sources: Google, General Mobile

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12 Comments

1. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

That is a big surprise. Taxes on phones are heavy here. Without taxes price would be $175. Actually if it has FM radio price would be $165 without taxes.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This device now has Android N, if users want to give it a go.

2. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Wow... This time I think Google were on crack. for $260, we could buy the XiaoMi Mi4i with snapdragon 615 and FHD screen. BTW, I think snapdragon 410 with 2GB ram and 720p screen is faster than Samsung Galaxy S3.

3. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

And what can you buy this for where you live? Have you checked the price of the Mi4i in Turkey for comparison? This is actually a good cheap device, comes with pure Android and guaranteed updates, expendable storage and etc. I'm not sure why you brought the Galaxy S3 into this discussion.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Different region different pricing. Most gadget are cheaper in the US.

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Except for the lower display resolution, better camera and different SoC, rather similar to the Nexus 5. For about $200, I'd hit it.

6. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Hope this device come to Latin America, It looks really nice.

7. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

The battery is removable. It has oncell Gorilla Glass 4. The company managers told journalists image sensors supplied by Samsung. Unlike the first generation Android One, that isn't based on Google's reference design, but Google Turkey marketing manager said it tested and certified on their own facilities. Some guy claims it will reach other countries via Vodafone. Probably just a rumor.

8. mhmtfrt

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2015

I'm Turkish. Xiaomi not Buy in TURKEY. And GM 4G cheap because s6 EDGE 3000 tl (1200$) in TURKEY (Phone taxes %36). And google service not work TURKEY (google now etc )

9. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Unfortunately you are wrong about tax rates. It's BEGINNING from 47.5%. If it has FM radio, beginning from 56.35%. Even higher if phone is cheap. Cheaper the phone, higher the tax. For example if Xiaomi was here, you would pay 79.4% for Redmi 2.

10. mhmtfrt

Posts: 2; Member since: May 13, 2015

Thanks but turkcell t40, vestel venĂ¼s, casper via and general Mobile manufactures taking the tax deduction

11. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Finally Android One specced up for 2015... This here is the true Moto G + Redmi 2 killer in every sense of the word should it been put out 1st to more South East Asian countries. Not at $260 obviously but I'm fairly confident that at $150 lots here could easily see that as an excellent deal over $125 Redmi 2. Apparently some decision makers over there are a bit dense...

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