Google’s Android One, a project meant to produce affordable mobile phones in the developing world in partnership with hardware maker Infinix, focusing on Asia and Africa, has just announced that it is launching in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco and Nigeria.
With the launch is the introduction of the Infinix HOT2-X510 which comes at a recommended price of $87. This is not a high-end device as it is meant to be a low-cost enabler.
It comes with 5.1.1 Lollipop, a 5-inch screen, dual SIM, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 8MP front and 2 MP rear-facing cameras, a FM radio tuner 2200 mAh battery device available in black, white, blue and red. A premium version comes with 2GB memory and is available in Gold.
Android One, for this project, will be partnering with hardware developers especially in China and throwing in a mix of functionalities while maintaining a cost margin. China is popular for producing the same functions as the high-end devices but at a lower cost, either by volume advantage or alternative technology. I’m tempted to compare this Android One arrangement with what local phone brands like Gtel and Astro are currently doing.