This year Google introduced Android One as its new project to make available affordable, high-quality smartphones with strong software support. Sales in India got underway back in September, followed by a rollout to other Asian nations. There were already a number of different manufacturers releasing Android One hardware, including Karbonn. Now, with 2015 nearly upon us, Karbonn says that it’s already looking forward to what’s next, sharing its intention to follow that first model up with a new Android One handset in the first quarter of the new year.
What can we expect from this new model? Well, we know that Google is steering Android One in a direction that will see the arrival of handsets with higher-end hardware; Google’s mentioned “more high-quality, affordable devices with different screen sizes, colors, hardware configurations and customized software experiences” coming with the next wave of Android One phones.
For what it’s worth, the Karbonn Sparkle V (its current Android One model – above) has a 4.5-inch FWVGA display, runs a quad-core MediaTek SoC, has a 5MP main camera with 2MP front-facer, and offers 4GB of internal storage. Presumably, a second-gen Karbonn model would improve on at least a few of these specs (or else, what’s the point of a new one?), but so far we haven’t heard anything about what in particular might be targeted for upgrades.
We know that Qualcomm SoCs will be present in at least some of the next wave of Android One models, so perhaps Karbonn might be thinking about going with a lower-end Snapdragon – a 200, or even 400-series? With a little luck, we might run into this phone ourselves during the early year expo season; CES could be too soon for this handset to surface, but MWC may be a possibility.