Google’s Second Generation Android One Handset Is Dead on Arrival

Android One, as you may already know, is Google’s pet project to make affordable phones for the masses. These phones provide Android experience parallel to Nexus lineup. I reviewed one of Android One phones and the most impressive part was the Android experience.

Google recently added new device makers to the alliance. It has launched the first 2nd generation Android One handset in India, made by Lava. Lava Pixel V1 is the name. Google has tried to overhaul the specsheet as well as the image of the whole project. Google is positioning this new phone as ‘high-end’ of Android One, trying to get rid of ‘basement bargain’ tag. Even with revamped specs, Android One remains poorly incompetent.

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The Lava Pixel V1 has a 5.5 inch 720p HD display. At its heart is the 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. There’s a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera; both are interpolated 8MP and 5MP sensors respectively. It features a comparatively small 2650 mAh battery. It comes for $177 (Rs.11,349). You can buy it online from Flipkart and The Mobile Store but there are other offline distributors, too.

To put it in the perspective, Lenovo K3 Note, Yu Yureka Plus, Honor 4X come with far better specs for $155 or Rs.10,000. Coincidently, Micromax – Google’s Android One partner, today launched Canvas Xpress 2 which has exceptional features for just under $100 (Rs.6,000). It also misses 4G LTE which is spreading fast in India. That makes Pixel V1 look pale. Google’s offering has an upper hand in software updates, but there’s nothing special that would make me buy or recommend it to anyone.