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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