Sundar Pichai announced the Android One program at last year’s Google I/O to a rousing reception promising Nexus like experience on a more affordable hardware in order to bring the Vanilla Android to as many people as possible. However, post the first batch of launches which included OEMs like Karbonn, Micromax and Spice on board, the excitement around the program has died down. Add to it the constant rumors about the indecisive future of Nexus phones, you can understand why everyone is gradually losing interest.
However, Lava has refreshed our memories and started what could be an avalanche of launches of the second batch of Android One phones. The Lava Pixel V1 is the first, second generation Android One device out there. Just like other Android One devices, the Pixel V1 will be available exclusively online, via Flipkart.
In terms of specifications the Lava Pixel V1 comes with a 5.5 inch 720 P display, incidently making it the very first Android One device with an HD resolution. The phone is powered by a slightly aged Quad Core MediaTek MT6582 processor with 2 GB of RAM. It is the limitation of the SoC that, rather disappointingly the Pixel V1 has no 4G LTE on board. You do still have a Dual SIM configuration, though.
Another good update is the fact that the phone will come with 32 GB internal memory as well as an expansion slot via Micro SD, which tackles the ongoing issues with storage space on the older Android One phones. The rear camera on the device is a 13 MP f/2.0 BSI sensor with LED flash. the front camera is an 8 MP camera with f/2.4 lens. The battery on board is a 2650 mAh unit.
As expected the device runs the latest Android version, 5.1.1 out of the box with minimum OEM modifications to a purely vanilla experience. Worth noting is a largely bezel-less design at least from the sides and what looks like a metallic back cover. The phone will be available both in silver and golden colors when it goes up for sale. Thanks to all the upgrades, the Pixel V1 is also the most expensive Android One device till date, retailing at a price of Rs 11,350, almost the double of the first generation of Android One phones.