Android One Smartphones Now Official at P4,700, To Arrive in the Philippines

Search giant Google recently introduced the first batch of Android One smartphones in India. If you're not familiar, Android One is Google's initiative to bring affordable and moderately up-to-date smartphones to developing markets by partnering up with manufacturers such as - in this situation - Karbonn, Spice, and Micromax. Those three manufacturers revealed the Karbonn Sparkle V, the Spice Dream Uno, and the Micromax Canvas A1 respectively. All devices share the same key specifications, such as a basic 4.5-inch display, a quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear and a 2-megapixel front-facing cameras and a 1700mAh battery. The highlight of the smartphones - pricing aside - is that these are going to be the first to feature the newest Android L operating system from Google.

Android One Smartphones Now Official at P4,700, To Arrive in the Philippines

The Karbonn Sparkle V, the Spice Dream Uno, and the Micromax Canvas A1 are now available in India for Rs 6,399, roughly P4,700 in the Philippines.

On another front, Google is working with other electronics companies such as Acer, ASUS, Alcatel, Panasonic, Xolo, and Lenovo to bring about more affordable smartphones, perhaps this time globally. Google partnering with local smartphone companies such as Cherry Mobile and MyPhone isn't entirely out of the question.

The Karbonn Sparkle V, the Spice Dream Uno, and the Micromax Canvas A1 are now available in India for Rs 6,399 (SRP), roughly P4,700 converted in the Philippines - and may be available so locally before the end of the year.

Karbonn Sparkle V/Spice Dream Uno/Micromax Canvas A1 Specifications

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat (updatable to Android L)
Processor: 1.3GHz quad-core MT processor
Memory: 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA IPS display, 854x480 screen resolution
Camera: 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera
Connectivity:  3G/HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
SIM: Dual SIM, dual standby
Battery: 1700mAh Li-ion battery, removable
Price: Rs 6,399 (approx. P4,700)

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