Android One initiative for bringing affordable smartphones to emerging markets
has reached its second generation, now offering better hardware on a similarly
tight budget. The Lava Pixel V1 was
made official today and a few more details have been revealed, on top of what
we already knew.
As we reported yesterday,
the smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch 720p IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail
Glass for protection. Although it's not explicitly stated, the chipset inside
is most likely the Mediatek MT6582, judging by the 1.3GHz quad-core processor
and Mali-400MP2 GPU, clocked at 500MHz. RAM is 2GB, while built-in storage is
quite roomy at 32GB, expandable too.
primary camera on the back of the Pixel V1 creates 13MP images, though the
sensor is only 8MP. It's housed behind an f/2.0 lens and is aided by a
single-LED flash, if need be. Video recording is capped at 1080p. On the front there's
a 5MP sensor (again, software enhancement leads to 8MP photos) with a slower
f/2.4 lens and no flash.
Pixel V1 measures 152.1 x 76.3 x 8.5mm and weighs 135g. Inside the fairly
compact and lightweight body there's a 2,650mAh Li-Po battery, which the
company claims is good for 20 hours of 2G talk time, or 12 hours on a 3G
The headline feature here is the latest Android
5.1.1 OS, which comes in stock form. Additionally, OS updates are promised for
the next 2 years, and as an Android One device, the Pixel V1 is guaranteed to
be among the first to get them. All of the above will set you back INR 11,349
or $177, a good deal by the looks of it.