The newest Android One phone, Lava Pixel V1, is official: $175, 5.5" Android 5.1 Lollipop trooper

The newest Android One phone, Lava Pixel V1, is official: $175, 5.5
After the first trio of Android One devices — the Karbonn Sparkle V, the Micromax Canvas A1, and the Spice Dream UNO — got announced in September last year, things have been relatively quiet, with crickets creating the background noise. Just as we told you yesterday, a new member of the Android One family was bound to join the ranks of the aforementioned affordable devices, and the device is already official. 

Enter the Lava Pixel V1, the first Android One device since September 2014, which does not only boast some pretty nice specs for its price tag, but also has moderately compelling design. With a metal rear cover and side frames, as well as pretty thin bezels, the Pixel V1 is a phone that sets itself from the rest of the Android One gang. 

Specs-wise, it boasts a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core Mediatek MT6582 chipset clocked at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage (expandable via a microSD card), and a 2,650mAh battery. At the back, there's an 8MP camera that created 13MP images thanks to software enhancing, while the front is adorned with a 5MP sensor that creates 8MP selfies. The Lava Pixel V1 has no LTE on board, since it is merely a 3G-enabled device, but at least users will be able to put two SIM cards in it.

Needless to say, this Android One device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and will be upgraded to the next version of the OS as soon as it's unleashed to the masses later on. 

The device is already up for grabs in India for a retail price of Rs. 11,349, which is roughly $175.



1. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

What a poor SoC. Cortex-A7 + Mali-400MP2 combo are no longer relevant in 2015, the MT6732 or SD610 would make it a much better deal for that price.

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

True, but 32GB internal storage is immense for such price tag. I guess it's still a decent offer.

4. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

With Yu yureka with better specs and lesser price tag in competition, it would be hard to sell this one.

17. ullokey

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

I guess you have never used a smartphone in your life.Most of us would prefer a phone that is smooth , has timely updates and dont want a phone that heats up and is laggy. Despite it's specs Android one is smooth (smoother than some of the flagships around), has timely updates and the topping is that its almost a nexus.. The skin on Yu Yureka was ugly at it's best

18. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

I agree with your opinion about Android one device. It is smoother

7. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It's a $175 phone. Just because it's not relevant it doesn't mean it won't work yes? Just last year, people say that octacore is absurd and useless then suddenly, quadcores are a no no.

8. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It's not relevant because of the dated architecture, which can make it harder to support even with Google's help, just like the Galaxy Nexus. And of course it's a $175 phone, but it uses a SoC for sub-$100 category.

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

" people say that octacore is absurd and useless then suddenly, quadcores are a no no." nope . The S810 and Exynos are dual Quadcores ^(bigLITTLE ), not really octacores.. Snapdragon only made the 810 a dual quadcore because they didnt had they custom cores developed , they had to use standard cortex A57 and A53 cores.. And the best way to get booth performance and battery is using bigLITTLE

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Sounds bargain, hipe this device get domestic support

5. dimas

Posts: 3359; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

$175 is already a steal. I wonder if android one will still be released in our country just like lava's specs.

6. gaming64 unregistered

Looks great for the price.

12. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

The actual phone has a thick black border around its screen! Peter K. should put the updated pictures instead.

10. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Again Android One will fail!

14. tedkord

Posts: 17349; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Perhaps, but it hardly matters. Android will continue to dominate.

19. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Android One devices are not for meant for creating sales records, their intention is to make Android reach more people. Not everyone could afford a flagship. This one is pretty decent than most of the mid-range devices and very smooth one with timely updates.

11. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Looks nice, but you can get better specs for that price- Elephone P7000 or Umi Iron.

13. Loveneesh

Posts: 432; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

For better specs : Better to buy lenovo k3 note, zenfone 2,xolo black and yu yureka plus. For Android updates with decent specs, buy upcoming moto g 3rd generation.

15. Shocky unregistered

720p at 5.5"!? Why? Looks like a cheap and nasty device. Not sure what market it's meant for and I don't really care. Please spend a little more and get a decent phone.

16. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Dear MediaTek MT6582, you are freaking over 2 years old already, you can go to your coffin now

20. kalim

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

Now that LAVA Pixel V1 has been launched I’m gonna gift it to my dad as he has been looking into new phones for the last two weeks. Backed by Google this Android One will make sure that this phone doesn’t hang while providing guaranteed regular updates over the next 2 years. The 2650mAh battery will last the entire day while the 32GB internal memory will ensure that he doesn’t have to delete or move around any apps before downloading the new ones.

21. chandani

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

I have waitedfor the launch of LAVA Pixel V1 long enough now I’ve to wait for it to be available in the market. Uff!!!I can’t wait to hold the stylish and compact 5.5’’ screen in my hand. Till then I can just dream about the picture quality of its 13MP rear camera and how many likes I will get on the pics that I will click from the 8MP front camera.

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