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Google brings affordable Android One smartphones to Europe

By Scorpus
May 13, 2015
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  1. Last year, Google launched a program for bringing affordable Android-powered smartphones to all corners of the globe, known as Android One. The program initially launched in Asian countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, but now the company is expanding the realms of Android One to Europe.

    The first European country to get an Android One device is Turkey, where Google has partnered with General Mobile to release a fairly decent entry-level smartphone. The simply-named General Mobile 4G isn't the most attractive device going around, but with decent hardware under the hood and all the benefits of stock Android, it should be fine for the majority of users.

    Speaking of hardware, the General Mobile 4G is one of the few Android One handsets that doesn't just stick to Google's MediaTek-powered reference design. Instead, the smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, 2 GB of RAM, what appears to be a 5.0-inch 720p IPS display with Gorilla Glass 4, and support for LTE networks.

    Camera-wise, the rear sensor is a respectable 13-megapixels, and there's also a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. Most other Android One smartphones provide pretty basic 5-megapixel rear cameras, but the General Mobile 4G seems to be aiming a little higher than the bare minimum.

    The General Mobile 4G goes on sale in Turkey on May 15th for around $260, which seems reasonable for the hardware inside.

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