Taiwan-based chip maker MediaTek is happy with the overwhelming response to the three Android One-based smartphones launched in India on the 15th of this month. Google has launched the first three Android One smartphones in India with its hardware partners Micromax, Karbonn and Spice.
According to reports, the first lot of Micromax Canvas A1 smartphones on Amazon has already been sold out. Looking to the initial response, MediaTek expects 1.5 to 2 million Android One handsets to be sold in India this year.
Mediatek has partnered with Google on the Android One initiative for providing high-quality Android experience at affordable prices to users in emerging markets such as India. Caesar Sengupta, VP of Product Management at Google says, “Together with an ecosystem of partners, including MediaTek, we’re building a future where high-quality smartphones are accessible to mainstream consumers at affordable prices.”
The three smartphones launched by Google in the Android One family are Micromax Canvas A1, Karbon Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO all priced between INR 6000 to INR 6500 or about $100 to $105. All the devices carry MediaTek’s MT6582 SoC based on quad ARM CortexTM A7 processors.
All the three models sport a 4.5-inch 480 x 854 pixels IPS display, MediaTek MT6582 chipset with 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali 400 MP2 GPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera and a 1700mAh battery.
One huge benefit for Android One devices is that the software upgrades will come directly from Google. As a result, the users will get quicker updates and Google will have a better control over the operating system to provide a consistent service to the users.
The approaching festival season in India might see a further spurt in the sales of Android One smartphones.