Android One is alive and kicking, at least in Japan for now. There’s a new member of the Android One family for the Japanese consumers made by Sharp.
The Sharp X1 is the latest alternative to the Google Pixel or the former Nexus devices which are known for getting the latest Android update. It comes with a crisp 5.3-inch IGZO display at 1080p resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
Onboard cameras are a 16-megapixel primary shooter with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel sensor for capturing selfies. A front fingerprint scanner is present as its biometric security feature and the phone is both water and dust resistant.
It also features a large 3900mAh battery that’ll definitely last longer than most smartphones today and charges through a reversible USB-C port. A full charge is expected to take about three hours.
Lastly, it runs pure Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with promised software updates for at least 18 months.
While Android One is meant to be an affordable option over Pixel or Nexus, this one is placed in the premium segment. The unlocked version that’s exclusively available through Y! Mobile carrier in Japan has a price tag of JPY 70,524 or about US$ 620. Isn’t that too premium already?
This is easily the most expensive Android One smartphone yet.