Remember how we questioned Android One’s existence a while back? Well, the series seems to have been reinvigorated, and it’s coming from an unexpected source: smartphone manufacturer General Mobile.
The newly launched GM 5 is the first Android One handset to come with Android 7.0 Nougat straight out of the box. It’s not a big deal, really, because Nougat has been steadily rolling out to Google-backed devices since its public release, and the non-Google-assisted LG V20 already has it, too.
What’s truly worth noting is Google’s continued interest in its budget-friendly smartphone program. After the cancellation of the flagship Nexus series and redirected focus on the even higher-end Pixel phones, any mention of Android One is a surprise.
If you’ve been following Android One’s progress, finding out which brand pulled the trigger isn’t much of a shocker. The most well-equipped One phone to ever launch was General Mobile’s midrange GM 5 Plus back in February. As you can tell by the extended model name, it’s better than the GM 5 we’re talking about now despite being older.
The newer GM smartphone has a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (the exact chipset is unspecified), a bland 5-inch HD display, only 2GB of memory, and a non-removable 2500mAh battery. Image outputs are handled by a pair of 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras; files are saved in 16GB of storage that’s expandable using a microSD card.
There’s no pricing information yet, but let’s hope this costs around $100; any higher, and it’ll compete with far better phones priced slightly higher, such as the Vivo Y55 we recently reviewed.
The GM 5 will be available this month in 20 countries: Azerbaijan, Albania, Afghanistan, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Pakistan, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.
Not bad for an initiative considered to be on its last legs, but where are the Asian countries? Let’s not forget Android One began shipping in Asia a couple of years ago.
Source: General Mobile