Android One isn't Google's most-loved product initiative, but it does proposition consumers with a deal they aren't getting anywhere this side of a Nexus: updates direct from Google and minimal bloatware. Android One has predominantly launched in Southeast Asia and a few other locations - such as Turkey - but has remained firmly out of tier-one economies to date. Today's announcement by Google, Sharp, and Y! Mobile, then, is quite interesting.
The Sharp 507SH is the first Japanese Android One smartphone, and it actually does look pretty solid - it's even waterproof. While no price was announced, it's a One phone, so you can assume it'll be pretty reasonable. Here are the basic specs.
- 5.0" IGZO LCD display (1280x720) with 2.5D glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Snapdragon 617 processor
- Android 6.0
- 16GB storage / 2GB RAM
- 13MP rear / 5MP front camera
- micro SD slot
- 3010mAh battery
- LTE with VoLTE
- Bluetooth 4.2
- IPX5, IPX8, and IP5X certified water and dust-resistant (no port covers)
The 507SH is expected to launch in Japan some time in late July.