Looks like we are about to see a brand new Android One phone very soon – Infinix Hot. This is what it will be called and is expected to be launched soon in Nigeria. Just recently, we saw the Android One project coming to Pakistan (with QMobile A1) after launching in several other developing countries. We were getting a hands-on of the upcoming Infinix Zero 2 in Pakistan, and that’s when one of the representatives from Infinix Pakistan posted on Facebook to a comment’s reply about an Android One phone coming very soon.
Nigeria has yet to see an Android One phone, and looks like Infinix Mobility will be making the very first device. Android One project was first announced last year at Google I/O 2014. Google works closely with local manufacturers to launch a low-cost smartphone that functions very similar to a Nexus device with pure Android experience without any OEM bloatware.
According to the reps from Infinix, this was a device in testing and does not yet have the ‘final’ software. They were not even sure if this was going to be launched in Pakistan, but confirmed that this device is for Nigeria. The final software as we know should be Android 5.1 Lollipop, or the upcoming Android M.
They also confirmed that this phone is tentatively suppose to launch in September or October. We only had the phone for a few moments, but the build quality was definitely much better than what we have right now in the Android One phones collection. P.S. You can see the “Android One” branding at the back side of the phone.
Stay tuned for more information as the phone gets near launch.