Second-gen Android One hitting Turkey with souped-up specs and a significant price hike

by: Bogdan PetrovanMay 12, 2015

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Android One devices are coming to Turkey, with a twist. While Google and its local partners offer Android One phones in India and other Asian countries for around $110, the first Turkish model features better specs and a $260 price tag.

The first Turkish Android One phone is made by General Mobile and its specs include a 5-inch HD display with Gorilla Glass 4, a Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera and LTE. The device is running Android 5.1.1 and is guaranteed to receive Android updates for two years.

The General Mobile Android One phone is a marked improvement over the first-gen Android Ones released late last year in India. Those came with a 480 x 854 4.5-inch display, MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP main camera.

The General Mobile Android One will be available from May 15 for 699 Turkish lira, which is about $260, through retailer Telpa.

Turkey is more affluent than the markets in Southeast Asia where Google has introduced Android One so far, and the superior specs of the General Mobile Android One are probably an adaptation to the higher standards of local phone buyers. That reflects in the price tag, though higher tariffs on electronics could also play a role. A Galaxy S6, for instance, starts from around $1000 unlocked at Turkish retailers.

Turkey is the seventh country where Google rolls out Android One, after India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

How do you feel about these specs and price for an Android One device?

  • Emre Yazıcı

    Hi, I’m living Turkey. This phone is expensive compared to other android phone it. But again from Samsung, HTC and LG also pretty cheap. Moreover, it features much better compared to other android phone.

    • Kan9al

      It’s more expensive than phones sold in China and USA with relatively small taxes.
      Though, its quite cheap when compared to the price of an iPhone or even Galaxy Aces.

  • Doğan Aktaş

    The price in Turkey is high because of the absurdly high taxes. it would cost around 50 USD less if those taxes were “normal”

    • Android Developer

      here we pay about 32% (of the price) for the taxes. Yours is about 25%, then ?

      • But you don’t pay $900 for Galaxy S6.

        • Android Developer

          I’ve now checked. The lowest price (in my country, on a price comparison website) for “Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920F 32GB” is 896.88$ . Not 900$, but close… :)

          • Where the hell do you live :)

          • Android Developer

            Israel. We pay a lot for taxes, and we have a lot of types of taxes…

          • Trg

            But how does it compare to what people are earning? A flagship is about 2.5 – 3 times of net minimum wage here.

          • Android Developer

            What’s “here” ?
            Anyway, according to Wikipedia, currently the minimal wage in Israel is changing: now it’s 1205.44$ . on 2016-6-1 it’s 1250.81$ and on 2017-1-1 it would be 1296.18$ .
            The average wage (on 2015-2 according to this website: ) is 2431.11$ .

          • Trg

            Turkey of course, sorry :D With minimal wage in your country you can buy a flagship and you would still have money left. That’s good I guess :)

          • Android Developer

            Maybe. People seem to always complain here about the wage and the taxes though. Even the price of cottage cheese (something that’s consumed a lot).
            Yet somehow it’s (probably) one of the top countries in regard of the percentage of people who have cell phones.
            On 2013 (according to Wikipedia), about 2.4 millions of smartphones were sold, while the population of the country is about 8 million (according to Google)… That’s about 30% of the population, and I’m sure on 2014 it became even larger.

          • Trg

            It’s the thing about people, they always want more and find something to complain about. It’s not much different here, people complain about food prices but flagships sell like hot cakes it’s weird. Tech is a status symbol for some which is ridiculous, Apple is right to rip them off :D

  • Captain Jack

    That price hike is justified by the specs…
    Still the price should have been around 230,I think..
    Nonetheless, the 2nd generation android one phones also looks good..

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  • We WANT this for 150 usd in Indonesia We WANT We WANT We WANT, they should increase the ppi and make atleast 326 ppi as a standard to add more value

  • User101

    The hardware and price are in line with their previous offerings; no surprise there! On the other hand, it is a good thing that the software is gonna come directly from Google. It should increase the sales quite a bit. (If you think about it, even the most expensive handsets’ don’t have that plus!)

  • Karly Johnston

    Android One costs like $100, $260 is Nexus range.

    • Edward

      Not in Turkey.

  • rj

    price little hight. should be around 160$

  • The Calm Critic

    So Android One 2.0 finally scaled up in specs (good) but this part:-
    “Turkey is more affluent than the markets in Southeast Asia where Google has introduced Android One so far, and the superior specs of the General Mobile Android One are probably an adaptation to the higher standards of local phone buyers.”

    sorry but it made total lol….yeah I get it that it’s $260 over there due to tariffs etc but what that means for SEA (I’m Malaysian to be clear) especially for SEA-centric Android One OEM partners such as name it; Acer, Alcatel, Asus, HTC and Lenovo can all build the exact same specced model for about a hundred dollars LESS and really bring the heat to Xiaomi’s Redmi line this being a proper Android One after all.

    So what’s the hold up?

  • Ahmet C.

    At 700TL price there are several alternatives but probably the best one is Asus Zenfone 5. Personally, I like the Zenfone 5 and unless this phone performs better/has a better battery life I would still choose Zenfone 5. Yeah, there are updates but I don’t care if my phone is stuck on KitKat forever if the user experience is good. And last time I checked users were not happy with Lollipop.

    If I learned anything from Google is that update does not equal good.

    • The Calm Critic

      To be clear:-
      1. You’re not wrong. You’re just not totally right either. True that not ALL updates are created equal. Doesn’t mean that staying on w/e shipped ver for as long as you could is a good idea though. Fixes, improvements and above all security flaws’ rectification are all important, regardless of how much you’ve spent. Hard earned money is still good money.

      2. UX ( are subjective of course but not when we surrender that 100% to any OEMs whose sole objective are not in line with the stock Android ethos. Rough example:- some may like TouchWiz while others don’t.

      With that I have to respectfully disagree with your sentiment:- “Yeah, there are updates but I don’t care if my phone is stuck on KitKat forever if the user experience is good.”. The problem with this line of thinking is; it promotes and therefore fully support most OEMs’ outright profiteering via absolute planned obsolescence. Want new Android? Buy the new Zenfone 5…It’s bad enough that by track record so far especially after Lollipop that most OEMs average about well over 4 months to roll out their updates. It’s a whole other level altogether to be content with the situation. Why not buy even cheaper 2nd tier Chinese brands with good specs too since you’re not particularly concerned with updates?

      Example:- Let’s say that your preferred Zenfone 5 are more than well equipped to handle the upcoming Android M (doesn’t matter if it’s gonna be 6.0 or in fact 5.5 etc) that’s now arguably less than 5-6 months away and as usual add another 3 months at best for Asus to reconfig their ZenUI accordingly to the new code. Guess what.. They’re not gonna do jack sh*t if they figured that 50% of the user base won’t even care anyways and they’d rather sell you another new Zenfone 5 only at that time it’s gonna come preloaded with M. Maybe you’re OK w/ upgrading to a new phone less than a year down the road but if you do why even argue a price comparo in this subject then yes?

      • Ahmet C.

        I wouldn’t go with a no-name cheap Chinese phone because the component quality tends to be bad, I’ve experienced that before. Asus isn’t too famous as an Android OEM but I think they are unappreciated. They update their ZenUI almost weekly via the Google Play Store and I haven’t seen any bloatware on them.

        I’m not a big fan of stock Android. I would like the OS to fit to the phone that I’m using. I have a Note 3 and as much as TouchWiz has lots of features that I’ll never use it also has some features that make the phone a Note device. (I bought the freaking thing for the S-pen first and foremost) Without those features what we get is an unnecessarily big and cumbersome phone *cough* NEXUS 6* cough*.

        On the issue of planned obsolescence, Google also has it ( 2 years) if you call end of updates for a phone is its day of retirement.But updates don’t determine the lifetime of a phone. It’s been almost 2 years since my Note 3 came out and the phone is still fine. I’m likely to use this for another 2.

        That said, I don’t think this phone will be bad. General Mobile already has a line of phones called the Discovery series that had comparable specs for the same price range and I heard they were good.

  • Bono

    So when is it coming to the Philippines?