Android One has not been a resounding success. As far as things stand, it is not what Google envisioned. It has, in all modesty, flopped so far. That has been because of several reasons. Like making hardware without consulting local partners on the design and specifications. Hence the partners are more inclined to push their similarly priced devices in place of the Android One devices. That has hurt the entire initiative and Google is keen on making things right with a whole new generation of Android One devices rumoured to launch in India later this month.
However, before that happens, the company is not giving up on the first generation just yet. Just like it did in Turkey, the Android One smartphone launching in Pakistan features slightly better specifications than we saw on the devices that were launched in India and several other early adopter nations.
Google is partnering with Pakistan’s largest smartphone company and brand, QMobile, to launch the country’s first Android One smartphone, the QMobile A1.
The QMobile A1 will have the following specifications:
- Size: 132×67.9×9.15mm
- Display: 4.5″ IPS FWVGA
- Camera: Main: 5MP AF Camera with LED Flash; Front: 2MP
- Memory: 1GB RAM; 8 GB internal storage (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD)
- Processor: 1.3GHz Quad core
- Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop
- Battery: 1700mAh
- Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 WCDMA 900/1800/2100
- Other connectivity options: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
- Others: Dual-SIM
The QMobile A1 will go for PKR 11,500 or about $113.