Android One smartphones reportedly slated to hit the retail shelves in September
The Android One initiative of smartphones is much acclaimed and media reports suggested that these handsets will be launching in India sometime in October nearing the festival of Diwali. To the content of those consumers who were waiting to get their hands on these handsets, it is claimed that the Android One smartphones will be released earlier than expected in September.
As per an India Today report, we will be witnessing the launch of three Android One smartphones made in partnership with Micromax, Spice and Karbonn in September. These devices are claimed to be all set for their launch with the manufacturers prepping the final arrangements such as deciding on the pricing and date.
If this report is to be believed, the pricing is the key conflict between the Android One partners and Google. At the time of introducing the Android One initiative at the Google I/O, it was claimed by Sundar Pichai that they will be priced around $100, but the partners now think that this low price tag is not attainable and they wish to retail their offerings at higher pricing.
With the increasing competition in the entry-level smartphone market segment, the $100 price tag is the only option for the vendors to achieve a good sales figure for the Android One smartphones.
As of now, the detailed specifications of the Android One smartphones are not known, but it is tipped that the handsets will include qHD display, 1GB of RAM aiding the dual-core processor and run on the latest iteration of Android operating system. It is hinted that the Micromax One will be based on a Qualcomm chipset, but the SoC used in the other Android One smartphones remains a mystery.