Google is all set to unveil the second-generation Android One handset — made in collaboration with Indian manufacturer Lava Mobiles — later this month. Earlier rumors suggested we'll see the official launch on July 14, which has since been pushed back to July 27. Ahead of the official unveil, details regarding the handset — which is called the Pixel V1 — have leaked, giving us a first look at the upcoming changes to the Android One platform.
Based on a posting at Indian retailer MySmartPrice, the Lava Pixel V1 boasts upgraded hardware in the form of a 5.5-inch 720p display (first-gen models came with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display), 1.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8MP camera at the back and 5MP front shooter (interpolated via software to net 13MP and 8MP images), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and dual-SIM connectivity along with a 2,650mAh battery. The specs show how Google is continually tweaking the hardware on offer with Android One.
The design has also received an update when compared to the first-generation phones, with the Pixel V1 featuring thin bezels backed by Asahi Dragon Trail (an alternative to Corning's Gorilla Glass) and a glass back. The Android One initiative is about delivering the latest software experience, and as such it is not surprising to see that the phone comes with stock Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, with the promise of timely updates.
The large form factor as well as increased memory will be welcomed by Indian customers, as other phones in this segment offer similar specs. Google said that it will be target a more premium price point with the second wave of Android One handsets, with the Lava Pixel V1 priced at ₹11,349 ($177). Based on the hardware on offer, the phone is certainly better positioned as an alternative to the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Huawei and Motorola.
We'll have more details on availability next week. What do you guys think of the latest Android One handset?