Earlier this month, Lava announced to launch the new Android One series smartphone on 14 July.
Unlike last year's budget Android One series, the upcoming Google phone is said to come packed with upgraded hardware and is expected to retail under mid-range category, thus filling the gap between entry-level and the top-end Nexus series.
To provide better perspective on the upcoming Google-Lava Android One 2.0 smartphone we have lined up key features of new phone that are most likely to make the cut.
Last year, Android One series, all three models made by Micromax, Karbonn and Spice featured 4.5-inch FWVGA (854x480p) IPS screen, now the new phone is confirmed to flaunt a bigger 5.0-inch display. There is no word on the screen resolution, but considering that the phone being a mid-range device, it is likely boast HD (1,280x720p) display.
SoC (System on Chip):
Like previous year's models, the new Lava Android One is also said to house MediaTek processor, but will backed by sumptuous 2GB RAM so that the phone performs better under heavy usage. There are no specific details whether it will be 64-bit class SoC or any other chipset architecture type.
Going by the prevailing standards used in the mid-range smartphone sector in India, it might probably come equipped with 64-bit class based MediaTek (MT6752) Octa-core like the one we see in Lenovo K3 Note.
Mobile Operating System:
Since Lava Android One is an official Google Affiliate model, it is almost certain to run on the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box.
There is no official word on the camera specifications of Lava Android One, but if we are to take an intuitive guess based on mid-range smartphones available in the market, the new phone will probably come in either 13mp+5mp or 8mp+5mp combination.
The Economic Times (Tech) citing sources inside the company has confirmed that the new Lava Android One will be priced around ₹12,000 ($190), almost twice the previous-generation model (₹6,229/ a little less than $100).
Release Date and Availability:
Google's Lava Android One series is said to be launched on 14 July and like last year, the device is expected to go on sale on the very same day. But unlike 2014, Google will retail the new Android One phone on both online and off-line (brick-and-mortar) stores across India.
It is has been learnt that the first Android One smartphone's lukewarm response in India was primarily blamed on non-availability of the device in the physical stores.
Taking note of the mistake in the marketing strategy, the tech giant then tried to arrange talks with major retail chain stores to sell Android One devices, but the firms declined the offer as they were peeved off by Google, for ignoring brick-and-mortar stores during the early phase of the Android One launch.
This time Google has reportedly taken corrective measures so that Android One 2.0 series are made available across all the platforms.