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General Mobile intros GM 8 Android One handset with 2:1 display

General Mobile GM 8 (Source: General Mobile)
General Mobile GM 8 (Source: General Mobile)
Although some recent leaks claimed it would arrive as an Android Go device, the General Mobile GM 8 is now official with full Oreo onboard as an Android One handset. Its specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, up to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, as well as a 5.7-inch display with 1,440 x 720 pixels. This Turkish handset is expected to hit the market soon for the equivalent of US$260 and up.

Turkish brand General Mobile has been around for a while, and if this is the first time you encounter this name, you should know that this company can be compared to the Miami-based BLU Products. General Mobile is known for providing affordable mid-range handsets, and the new GM 8 comes less than a week after a rumor claimed it would arrive as an Android Go device.

For now, the General Mobile GM 8 is only available as an Android One handset, and its specs are enough to handle Android 8.0 Oreo without problems. This 5.7-inch smartphone (well, some still consider devices of this size to be phablets) has a resolution of 1,440 x 720 pixels and comes in two memory/storage variants: 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage or 4 GB RAM next to 64 GB internal storage. In both cases, those who need more space can add microSD cards up to 128 GB in size.

The General Mobile GM 8 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and a 3,075 mAh battery. Sadly, there is no dial camera setup to talk about, since it only features a 13 MP camera on the front (with LED flash) and a similar one on the back. The only obvious difference between these cameras is made by their aperture: f/2.2 for the selfie shooter, and f/2.0 for the main image snapper.

The only color choices available seem to be gold and space gray for now, although this phone would look nice in black or blue as well. Well, the leaked images that came with the rumors mentioned earlier had a black GM 8 in them, so maybe we will soon see the Android Go variant as well. Frankly, General Mobile must cut the price of this smartphone to have a chance in today's market where the Xiaomi Mi A1 and the Huawei Honor 7X reign supreme in the US$200-US$250 price range, not to mention the recently unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.


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Codrut Nistor, 2018-02-25 (Update: 2018-02-25)