Now that the Android One initiative is well-established in Asia, it has gone on to expand to Europe—specifically in Turkey. Its first phone there is the General Mobile 4G, which also happens to be the first Android One phone with 4G LTE connectivity.
And it’s not just a faster mobile data connection; the General Mobile 4G comes with other hardware components that are better than the ones found in the Philippine-based Android One smartphones. The GM 4G comes with a large 5-inch HD display, a decent Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB of RAM. The Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno, on the other hand, only have 4.5-inch FWVGA display, slower MediaTek MT6582M processor and 1GB of RAM. In addition, the latter two have smaller internal storage than the GM 4G.
General Mobile 4G Specs
- Android 5.1 Lollipop
- 5-inch IPS HD (720×1280 HD), ~294ppi
- 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- Adreno 306 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage
- 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
The General Mobile 4G is also notable for having a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash. Its front panel is scratch resistant thanks to Gorilla Glass 4. And since it’s part of the Android One initiative, it’s guaranteed to receive the latest Android updates for two years. Love it or hate it—the phone comes with unique faux leather back, and we personally think the brand’s typeface at the back could use a better style.
The General Mobile 4G is slated for launch tomorrow, May 15, in Turkey. Its official price is TRY699 (approx. Php11,980). It’s clearly more expensive than the CM One and the Uno, but the GM 4G has its superior specs to justify its price.