In the 6 months since Google announced its budget smartphone initiative, Android One has launched in India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, and today it's launching in Google Philippines.
Google announced on its Asia Pacific blog Tuesday that two Android One models will soon go on sale in the Philippines. The Cherry One and the MyPhone Uno will sport 4.5" screens and will be carried by local telecoms Cherry Mobile and MyPhone.
Aside from theri appearance and the the internal storage, the phones are quite similar. They will run Android 5.1 Lollipop on a quad-core 1.3GHz Mediatek CPU with 1GB RAM, dual-SIM card slots, and 4GB/8GB internal storage. They are specced as having the same cameras (2MP front, 5MP rear) and 1.7Ah battery. There's also a mention elsewhere that the phones will have an FM radio tuner, and that the screen resolution is 854×480.
According to Rappler, the phones will cost in the range of 5,000 Philippine pesos, or about $112.
Looking at it from the viewpoint of the US market, that's a pretty good price for the listed specs. The retail price in the US would generally be about $60 or $70 higher for either of the phones launched today. My Alcatel Pop Icon, for example, has a weaker front camera, a slightly larger battery, and retails for $149 unlocked.
The new phones don't quite meet Google's original goal of a solidly made smartphone selling for under $100, although Google is still still planning to meet its promise of timely firmware updates. Considering that budget devices are updated on a miss or miss or hit basis, that is worth a lot.