Here's the first Android One smartphone not made in India: Symphony Roar A50

Here's the first Android One smartphone not made in India: Symphony Roar A50
Android One handsets have been available since September 2014, with Indian manufacturers launching several models in the region. Last month, Google announced that it’s expanding the Android One initiative to more Asian markets, including Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Now, we can actually see the first Android One device that’s not made by an Indian company: the Symphony Roar A50.

Symphony is a Bangladesh-based smartphone vendor, and the Roar A50 isn’t too different from the Android One handsets that we’ve seen until now. It’s an entry-level device that will cost around $110 in Bangladesh when it goes on sale in the next few weeks.

Just like every other Android One smartphone, the Symphony Roar A50 runs stock Android 4.4 KitKat, and will be updated to Lollipop, as well as to newer versions of Android (for up to 2 years after launch). The handset sports a 4.5-inch IPS display with 480 x 854 pixels, it has 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, and is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 processor. Other features include a 2 MP front-facing camera, 5 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal memory (free 8 GB card included), and a 1780 mAh battery.

It’s not clear if Android One has had a significant impact until now. However, the fact that Google is pushing the initiative to more regions means the Mountain View giant is committed to making it successful.


source: Symphony

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13 Comments

1. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

That bezel though ...

2. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Not much more than an iPhone.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Well, the iPhone has a huge home button. This has on-screen buttons so there really is no excuse.

11. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Comparing $110 device to iphone

6. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

The iPhone has the home button so...

7. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Came here or this. Wasn't disappointed.

3. Nokia1100user

Posts: 19; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Can we get a premium smartphone manufacturer like Walton in Bangladesh to sell android one devices

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I'm pretty sure Android One is only going to have budget devices.

8. dtn_93

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

For a moment there I thought it said 50 megapixels on the back.

9. tim123

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

Lumia 535 is better then this and the price is about the same...

10. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

looks nice. but there are phones with hardware config very similar to this with an almost pure kitkat (but of course without a 2year promise of OS update) that sells for like $89 only.

12. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

Symphony's Customer service is bad. I hope Walton also bring some "Android One" device in Bangladesh. I personally don't like them but My friends want some budget phone with good Spec.

13. Looser99

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

It's a nice phone from symphony. I really hope this phone with it's guaranteed 2 years of os update from google gives the overpriced samsung phones a run for their money...

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