In September last year, Google launched its Android One initiative in India with three smartphones – the Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V, and the Spice Dream UNO Mi-498. At the same time, the search engine giant announced Lava, XOLO, and Intex as its new Android One hardware partners. Today, Lava has unveiled its first Android One smartphone, the Lava Pixel V1 in India.
The Lava Pixel V1 runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box. It comes with a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a layer of Asahi Dragon Trail glass. It is backed by the outdated 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6582 processor, which will not be able to harness the 64-bit capabilities of Android Lollipop. In the memory department, the phone gets 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which users can further increase by inserting a microSD card.
For imaging, the Pixel V1 offers a 13MP rear camera with a BSI sensor, blue glass filter, autofocus, an LED flash, and full HD video recording. For selfies and video calls, the phone comes with 8MP front snapper with a 4P lens, which can also interpolate images in 8MP resolution. The Pixel V1 is a dual-SIM device with connectivity options like 3G, dual-band Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, micro-USB 2.0, and A-GPS. Unfortunately, the device doesn’t support 4G LTE networks, a feature that was expected in second-generation Android One devices. A 2,650mAh battery keeps the phone running.
The Lava Pixel V1 has been priced at Rs 11,350, and will be available via major brick-and-mortar stores across the country starting today. Online, the phone will be exclusively available on Flipkart.