Around September last year, we published an article on the first Android One phones released in India. Spice, Karbonn & Micromax were the first to take the initiative then with Spice Dream UNO Mi-498, Karbonn Sparkle V Blue and Micromax Canvas A1 respectively.
The good news is that the first Android One phone was launched yesterday by Infinix Mobility in conjuction with Google at an event in Lagos, Nigeria. Infinix Hot 2 is the first Android One phone to be made available in Nigeria and this has been acclaimed as a great initiative from Infinix Mobility.
Speaking on the device, Benjamin Jiang, MD, Infinix Mobility, stated that the new Infinix Hot 2 will redefine the smartphone industry in Nigeria. He said,
At Infinix we believe that Nigerian end-users deserve to experience the latest in trendy smartphones at competitive price. That is why we are pleased to collaborate with Google to deliver this unique smartphone; the Infinix Hot 2. We are confident that the phone will push the frontiers of smartphone technology to the next level.
Android One: What’s the Big deal?
If you love pure, undiluted, stock Android without massive modifications by device manufacturers, you should be as interested in Android One devices as much as Google Nexus.
Sundar Punchai introduced Google’s Android One program last year June. Basically, this is a set of rules or reference that device manufacturers are expected to follow to create low-cost Android devices. There are low cost Android devices in the market already but with this initiative, Google is doing all the logistics, ensuring the produced devices run Google’s software smoothly.
In short, an Android One phone is expected to:
- Run the latest version of Android OS (for at least two years)
- Run a software close to stock Android
- Have great specifications for a relatively low price
- Certified by Google
If you using a Nigerian IP address to surf, you should check the official Android One website to see Infinix Hot 2 featured by Google.
What this Means for Infinix Mobility
To be honest, I think this is changing the brand perception for Infinix. Just within 24 hours of the launch, they’ve been featured on several top online publications like Slash Gear, Android Authority, Phone Arena, GSM Arena and there’s now a dedicated board for Infinix Hot 2 on XDA Developers forum. The device is also features on the official Android blog.
It’s a giant stride for Infinix and I personally see this working in their favors in terms of brand perception and eventually more sales. If Infinix Mobility keeps moving in this direction, it may eventually overtake the Nigerian smartphone market totally.
About Infinix Hot 2
The Infinix Hot 2 is made of glossy materials that give users a luxury experience. Its cutting edge style was precisely designed to fit in the palm of a user; its style, display and architecture gives it a unique design.
There are two versions of the Infinix Hot 2, 16GB ROM+1GB RAM and 16GB ROM+2GB RAM. They both come with a 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor and 16GB internal memory. The smartphone has a 2200mAh battery that allows users to enjoy the device for longer hours.
Powered by a Mediatek 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor and a 2GB RAM, users can play 3D games on the Infinix Hot 2 in addition to an extraordinary experience while watching videos in high-definition (HD). The device runs on Android Lollipop and there will be automatic update to the latest version of Android when it becomes available.
The Infinix Hot 2 also comes with a 5.0 inch display and high-definition (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution that provide users with enhanced gaming and video experiences, allows users to read and respond to messages directly from the lock screen and provides quick access to tools like the flashlight, Bluetooth, WI-Fi, and more- also standards available on the latest Android Lollipop.
Infinix Hot 2 Specifications
Interested in the specifications? Check it out below: