Android One Refuses To Die: Sharp X1 Android One Phone Unveiled In Japan

Wait, what?

Thought Android One, Google’s initiative to offer a Nexus-like experience of constant software updates to cheaper devices, was dead? Think again – Google has just announced a brand new Android One smartphone, in Japan of all places.

Sharp X1 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.3-inch display, full HD resolution, 1920 x 1080
  • 32GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 16.4-megapixel rear camera, AF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint scanner, water and dust resistance, NFC
  • 3,900mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.1

The new Sharp X1 has all the things we’d want in a phone – a full HD display, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor, plus a 3,900mAh battery that’s capable of keeping the phone running for four days, at least according to Google.

Snaps are taken care of via the 16.4-megapixel rear camera, while selfie duties are handled by a 8-megapixel sensor. There’s also a fingerprint scanner tossed into the mix as well, along with dust and water resistance.

The arrival of the Sharp X1 means that Google hasn’t completely abandoned its Android One initiative, but from the lack of new phone releases from its previous local partners like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, it seems like the initiative has been abandoned, at least in the Philippines. Will we see a similar phone released in the Philippines any time soon? Your guess is as good as ours.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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