Lava, in partnership with Google, has launched its first Android One smartphone in India, the Pixel V1. Priced at Rs. 11,350, the smartphone will be exclusively available online via Flipkart starting Monday. Lava reveals that the Pixel V1 Android One smartphone will be also available via retail stores in the country.
Much like other Android One phones, Google promises that the Lava Pixel V1 smartphone will receive guaranteed Android updates for 2 years.
The smartphone features a 5.5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) IPS display, which is definitely larger than the first-generation Android One phones that featured 4.5-inch (480x854 pixels) IPS FWVGA display.
Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6582) processor coupled with 2GB of DDR3 RAM. The Lava Pixel V1 Android One smartphone will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box. It will be available with 32GB built-in storage and will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB).
(Also see: Lava Pixel V1 vs. Spice Dream Uno vs. Karbonn Sparkle V vs. Micromax Canvas A1)
Similar to first-generation Android One phones, the Lava Pixel V1 comes with dual-SIM support and notably supports 3G connectivity on both the SIMs. However, considering that the Indian market is currently has several budget 4G smartphone offerings available at an even more affordable price than the Lava Pixel V1, the missing 4G LTE connectivity might be a deal breaker for the handset.
On the camera front, the Lava Pixel V1 sports a 8-megapixel rear camera with a BSI sensor, f/2.0 lens, blue glass filter, and LED flash, while there is an 5-megapixel front camera with a f/2.4 lens also on board. To recall, Spice Dream Uno, Micromax Canvas A1, and Karbonn Sparkle V sport a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera.
Apart from 3G, other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG, and Micro-USB. The handset is backed by a 2650mAh battery. It will be available in Gold and White-Silver colours.