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Flipkart 'leaks' Google's Android One smartphone

NEW DELHI: Two days ahead of its official debut, one of Google's Android One smartphones has been leaked online, courtesy leading Indian e-commerce marketplace, Flipkart. It looks like the phone will be sold exclusively on the e-commerce website.

Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 phone, priced at Rs 6,999, was listed on the website for a few hours. Flipkart later removed the listing. Spice is one of the three Android One OEM partners, announced at the Google IO conference in June. Prior to the listing, had also published the detailed specifications of the phone.

Spice Android One Dream UNO Mi-498 sports a 4.5-inch IPS FWVGA (480x854p) display. The hardware specifications don't seem to ground breaking but Google's backing could surely make a difference when it comes to software experience.

The phone is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, Mali-400MP graphics and 1GB RAM. The phone has 4GB internal storage and a microSD card slot that supports cards of up to 32GB capacity. The phone will also come with 10GB Spice Cloud cloud storage space and 35GB Google Drive space.

Spice Android One Dream UNO runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat, the latest iteration of the OS and comes preloaded with Flipkart, Flipkart eBook and Facebook apps in addition to Reverie Smartpad for Indian language input support.

It sports a 5MP rear camera with LED flash and support for full-HD video capture, and a 2MP front-facing camera. The phone has a 1700mAh battery.

In terms of connectivity, the dual-sim Spice Android One phone supports Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, Wi-Fi and A-GPS.

The Other two partners, Micromax and Karbonn, have also been teasing their Android One phones on social networks. The Micromax phone will be sold exclusively on Amazon India, while Karbonn's phone will be a Snapdeal exclusive. The phones will be available for purchase starting September 15, 3:30pm IST.

Under the Android One programme Google partners with local phone makers to create and sell affordable yet feature-packed Android phones. Sundar Pichai, the Google executive, who heads Chrome and Android divisions at the company, will be in India for the Android One launch event on Monday. While Pichai had suggested a $100 price-point for the phones, there have been reports that the phones would be a little more expensive.

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