We almost thought that the Android One initiative by Google was dead and all of a sudden, Google bought another handset to the market. Called the General Mobile GM6, is a Mid-range Google phone which has taken the Android One series to a next level! Coming with Front camera flash, 3GB ram and more, it has proven to be a Great device for the money.
The modern Android One smartphone is a capable midrange device that’s smartly marketed and generates a lot of interest – the crowd of press around General Mobile’s modest booth at MWC is a testament to the company’s reach.
Android One is also one of the best choices you can make in terms of security – it’s updated by Google and kept bang up to date with security patches. The General Mobile GM6 demo models on the General Mobile stand had Google’s February security patches, making them probably the second-fastest updated phones on the planet outside of Google’s own Pixel (and some Nexus) phones.
The General Mobile GM6 is a very worthy entry into an increasingly crowded midrange market. It’s got a nice big 5-inch HD IPS display protected by Gorilla Glass, a 13MP rear camera, 8MP front camera (with a front-facing flash), 3GB RAM, 32GB storage and a front-mounted fingerprint sensor with 0.2ms response time. Some of the phones we’ve seen launched at MWC this year and coming to Australia don’t even match these specs.
On the design front, the General Mobile GM6 doesn’t break any new ground but it also doesn’t drop the ball. It’s a metallic body with 2.5D glass on the front, and a removable back cover housing the SIM slot and Micro SD card. We’ve seen it before, but when you match that design with Android One and a super affordable price point you’re looking at a great combination.
The great pity then is that General Mobile isn’t looking to sell these phones in Australia, and Google (who sent a representative to the GM6 launch event) doesn’t seem willing to talk about bringing Android One to Australia. In a market where Motorola’s midrange G-series phones are some of the company’s best sellers, surely there’s space for these phones?
Do let us know what you think about the new Android One and also, we are likely to see an introduction of Android Ones in US soon so keep your eye on it! Cheers.