As announced earlier, Banglalink has just officially announced the first Android One smartphone from a homegrown manufacturer, Symphony, called the Symphony Roar A50. Micromax, an Indian brand, has already begun selling its Canvas A1 Android One smartphone in the country.
However, news broke after Google posted on its blog that Symphony and Banglalink has partnered up with Google to offer a new handset, Symphony Roar A50, that will be under Google’s Android One initiative. The program was officially announced in June at Google’s annual I/O event and the first wave of Android One devices launched mid-September in India.
With Android One, Google wants to capture the low-end market of Android phones ensuring that consumers who purchase low-cost Android phones are not deprived of newer versions of Android. The performance on these Android One devices are also better because they run a stock version of Android operating system, free from any bloatware — unwanted and non-removable apps that carriers and manufacturers put on the devices.
Symphony Roar A50 Specs
Banglalink has finally announced the pricing and specifications of Symphony’s new device. They are as follows:
- Processor: Cortex A7, 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
- RAM: 1 GB
- ROM: 8 GB
- Camera: 5 MP rear and 2 MP front
- Display: 4.5” FWVGA IPS (480 x 854)
- Battery: 1780 mAh (READ MORE: Xiaomi Mi Power Bank Review)
- System: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Now all of those eagle-eyed Android enthusiasts may have already figured out that the specification is not different than Micromax Canvas A1 — the first Android One device to ever debut. The Canvas A1 also shares a similar specifications but sells for Tk. 9,999 at the capital’s Bashundhara City.
But Symphony Roar A50 will retail for a bit cheaper at Tk. 8,700. The phone is available for pre-booking on Banglalink website and pre-bookers will get the device during the first half of January.
Banglalink is also offering 1GB 3G data in the first month for OS updates & downloading apps from Google Play store. 300MB 3G data will be provided each month, for the next five months, so that you can keep your operating system up to date.
Just to remind you, Android One phones receive OS updates straight from Google, just like Nexus device does. It is one of the biggest selling points for Android One phones.
How Symphony’s Android One phone performs in Bangladesh remains to be seen. But given that Symphony has already gained popularity among mobile phone consumers, and the fact that it’s an Android One smartphone, the response to this device is likely to be huge.
What do you think about Symphony Roar A50 specifications and pricing? Are they fair? Will you buy it?
This post was also published in Bangla on Android Kothon.