Android One the platform which was announced by Google has their tie up with Spice, Micromax and Karbonn who are racing against each other to launch the first Android One running device in the market and all three have tied up with Spice tying up with Flipkart, and Karbonn tying up with Snapdeal and Micromax going with Amazon to launch their Android One running devices
Selling their smartphones through Online portals has become a new trend with Moto G starting it all and Xiaomi taking it to a new level and now Andorid One Platform is also eyeing this.
Coming to the Spice Mi-498 which has a 1.3GHz quad core processor with Mali 400 MP GPU along with 1GB RAM, 4GB storage and expandable upto 32GB using microSD card support. Being a dual Sim device it requires two micro SIM’s and runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box.
It is just 9.15 mm in thickness and sports a 4.5 inch screen with IPS display having FWVGA resolution. Spice mi-498 has 5MP rear AF camera which shoots shoot FHD videos along with flash and a 2MP front facing camera. On the back side of the device there is a Android One Logo at the bottom.
It supports 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 which will be helpful in connecting to Wearable devices along with FM radio. It runs on 1700 mAh battery which the company promises will give 10 hours on 3G and 17 hours talk time on 2G networks.
Android One devices being launched with companies like Micromax, Spice and Karbonn was mainly due to the fact that these companies have great in roads into the Rural market in India but these companies trying to sell the devices on e-commerce websites seems a very bad idea and hope they do make these device available in Shops around India and not just restricted to Online availability.