The Indian manufacturers Micromax, Spice and Karbonn were the first to launch Android One handsets and now Karbonn has taken the Karbonn Sparkle V1, its Android One smartphone to United Kingdom. Sparkle V is available via Amazon UK at £129.99 and it will be available at £99.99 on black friday deals.
Karbonn Sparkle V runs on Android One platform which was Google initiative announced at I/O 2014. Android One means to provide a set of specification which are required to label it and in turn Google will take care of software updates for the 18months from when device was launched.
Karbonn Sparkle V being a part of initiative carried exact same specifications as other on same platform i.e Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream Uno One. Sparkle V comes with Android Kitkat with Android Lollipop 5.0 coming next month.
It has 4.5″ 480 x 854 pixels resolution display, Mediatek Quad Core MT6582 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory and external card slot. There’s dual sim card slot with 3G, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi Direct support.
Sparkle V also sports a 5-megapixles camera with flash capable of 720p video capture and a2-negapixels front camera for HD video chats and casual selfies. The battery inside is 1700 mAh which provides a day backup on moderate usage.
The Android One retails for around $100 or £61 in India while they are priced twice as high and as a result they face a direct competition from Moto G 2013 which is even cheaper at £127.98 and better at specs whereas spending few extra bucks will entitle you to much better Moto G 2nd Gen at £139.95 and as for updates Motorola has already begun Android Lollipop rollout for Moto G 2nd Gen and Moto G 2013 is on list to rwceive it soon.
So Android One will eventually fail as the price is just too high to create a splash and get some attention. Although it’s good to see that Android One is now available in more countries.