Android One smartphone sales are considerably depleting in Nepal due to the dominance of Chinese brands over Indian brands like Spice, Karbonn, and Micromax. With the mindset of offering latest and greatest from Google at an affordable price, the project seemed lackluster and is certainly on the verge of its extinction. However, to let users know about pure and stock Android experience, the General Mobile GM 5 Plus smartphone has been officially launched in Nepal.
While we were skeptic about the smartphone’s launch in Nepal, Thulo Pasal Pvt. Ltd. came out of nowhere with the Turkish Brand’s Android One smartphone. The company believes that the phone will fulfill the need of users who are always looking for latest Android updates as well as most of the tech-savvy users in Nepal. Interested users can pre-order the smartphone from thulo.com for Rs. 24,999. The phone will go on sale from 4th of April.
Compatibility between software and hardware is the foundation of smartphones. For smooth functioning and great performance, the teams should be closely working with each other. This is the reason why General Mobile has the best Android experience, by working in close contact with Google. This phone is revolutionary as this provides our users with Pure Android Experience at lowest price possible.
– Bibek Karki, CEO, Thulo.com
As far as specs are concerned, the GM 5 Plus comes with 5.5-inch IPS LTPS Full-HD display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Under the hood, the smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 octa-core chipset bearing a clock speed of 1.5GHz. Memory wise, the phone is backed up by 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 32GB of internal storage with an option for microSD card expansion.
As for the imaging department, the phone comes with a 13MP primary camera at the back with autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front, the smartphone sports a similar 13MP sensor with autofocus and LED flash — a perfect setup for those selfie fanatics.
Amidst of its value for money specs, the phone lacks a fingerprint scanner. However, the flaws are covered by the support and offer you are insured to get from Google. The phone boots on Stock and Pure Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box without any bloatware and gimmicky stuff. And being an Android One phone you’re assured to get all the benefits from Google, including the latest and greatest update for up to 2 years and an option to store unlimited 4K photos and videos in Google Photos.
Alongside the admirable software support, the phone houses a premium textured back cover and a side frame made up of high-grade titanium plus aluminum metal, whilst it packs a decent 3100mAh battery with GM Turbo Charger, allowing you to fast charge your device. Rest of the connectivity option includes dual SIM slot with 4G LTE support, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and Type-C port for data exchanging.
As mentioned above, the General Mobile GM 5 Plus packs impressive hardware and with Google’s 2 years software support, the handset is a force to be reckoned in its category and will certainly serve Nepali users as a cheap alternative to Google’s Pixel device. If you’re looking into buying a budget-oriented smartphone with a long-lasting support from Google then we advise you to look nowhere else and go in for the GM 5 Plus.