Last week, Apple made a huge pasabog in the form of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Now, it's Google's time to shine: Android One devices are now official and are headed to the Philippines, geeks!
"Wait, what the eff is Android One?"
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Sounds like a top-secret, über hi-tech project, no? In reality though, Android One is a Google project that aims to make new, top-caliber Android devices more accessible to buyers in developing countries. Their tool of choice: pang-masa price tags. Now you know why we're so giddy about this one!
These bad boys aren't only affordable; they come with nice hardware, too! To give you a better idea, take a look at the first three Android One phones below.
MICROMAX CANVAS A1
SPICE DREAM UNO
KARBONN SPARKLE V
The three share the same specs-line: 4.5-inch touchscreen, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera (2-megapixel secondary), Android KitKat, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, dual-SIM capability. Not too shabby!
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These phones are made by Indian brands and will be available in India, which tells us one thing: Google is willing to partner with local manufacturers for Android One! So, with the Big G's announcement that Android One is hitting Pinas later this year, expect Pinoy handset makers to join the bandwagon as well. Yes, we're looking at you, Cherry and Starmobile!
As for the pricing, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. While no Philippine prices are official yet, we're looking at SRPs that fall within the P4,000 to P6,000 range. You see, the Canvas A1, Dream Uno, and Sparkle V cost $105 or just P4,600 a pop, and we're willing to bet our next sweldo that they will sport similar prices once they become available here. You're welcome to raid our wallets if we don't get this right. #SupremeConfidence
Altogether now: AYUS!
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