Earlier today, Google along with its partner Lava launched the second-generation Android One smartphone, called the Pixel V1. The smartphone is a big upgrade over the first-gen Android One smartphones, in terms of the specifications and features. Unsurprisingly at Rs 11,350, the price tag is much higher as well. While a definite improvement, here are four things Google and Lava have got wrong with the Pixel V1. Also Read - Google Play Store announces blanket ban on Sugar Daddy apps over sexual contentAlso Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to office
Price: First and foremost, it is baffling that the Pixel V1 is priced on the wrong side of the Rs 10,000 mark. At a time when companies are consistently pushing the boundaries of how much you can offer on an affordable smartphone, Lava and Google come across as behind the game. Not only is the Pixel V1 under-specced compared to its closest competitors, but is priced ridiculously high. To put this into perspective, check out our comparison of the Pixel V1 with the recently launched Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
Display: When companies like Yu and Lenovo are offering smartphones with full HD displays in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment, the Pixel V1 has to make do with an HD display. While in day-to-day use a difference between an HD and a full HD display is not easily visible, it still seems like a compromise when you consider the price.
Lack of 4G: While many might reckon the absence of 4G networks, they are certainly coming up with Airtel rolling out its networks across circles, Vodafone is also trialing its 4G networks while Reliance Jio is expected to launch its 4G network in December. With 4G-capable smartphones available for as low as Rs 4,999, there seems to be no excuse for not adding LTE support on the Pixel V1.
Processor: Google has continued its association with MediaTek for powering the Android One smartphones. While the second-gen smartphone is an upgrade in many ways, it s surprising that Google or Lava have not upgraded what s most important under the hood. The Pixel V1 is still powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor, which is quite dated. In comparison, some of its rivals have already taken the step up to 64-bit processors like the Snapdragon 615, or MediaTek s own MT6752.
With the second-gen Android One smartphone, Google seems to want to focus more on user experience. But the Lava Pixel V1 seems too much of a compromise on paper and at that price range. You can check out our first impressions of the Pixel V1 here.