General Mobile’s latest Android One smartphone is the first to feature an 18:9 (or 2:1) display. The General Mobile GM8 has a 5.7 inch, 1440 x 720 pixel IPS display and a decent set of mid-range specs.

As an Android One phone, it will also get monthly security updates for at least two years and it ships with near-stock Google Android software.

The Turkish phone maker plans to sell the GM8 for 999 Turkish Lira and up (about $260).

Other features include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and an LED flash, and a 13MP front camera with fixed focus and no flash.

The phone has a 3,075 mAh battery, a fingerprint sensor (on the back), and supports 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.2.

General Mobile will offer the GM8 in two configurations: one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. Both have microSD card slots that can support cards up to 128GB.

While the processor and relatively low-resolution display make it clear that the GM8 is a mid-range device, it looks like a pretty solid option that should offer long battery life, decent performance, and a design that’s similar to what’s on offer in phones that sell for twice the price.

via YugaTech

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5 replies on “General Mobile GM8 is an Android One phone with an 18:9 display”

  1. As I just got accustomed to the fact the new “mini” phones are 5″ (in 16:9 terms, which translate to 5.5″ in 2:1 terms), the industry seems to unequivocally moves onto 5.2″ (in 16:9 terms, which translate to 5.7″ in 2:1 terms; I hope you can follow my thought process) with customers happily signing up(?).

    I understand 5″ (5.5″ in 2:1) and 5.5″ (in 16:9 terms, which translate to 6″ in 2:1 terms) are two distinct categories; after all, that 10% diagonal difference means one category is called the phone, the other is the phablet.

    But what big categorical differences can you claim between devices of two size classes where those two sizes, 5.2″ (5.7″ in 2:1) and 5.5″ (6″ in 2:1) are so close together? The difference is only 6% diagonally. Are we really heading towards only these two size categories with a significant (non-budget) selection of devices? Are you or the average customer happy with this trend?

    If you could choose from the following two options, would you prefer a great selection of devices in a wide range of specs, features and price points, if those devices came in two fixed sizes, the sizes respectively being:

    either 5″ in 16:9/5.5 in 2:1 and 5.5″ in 16:9/6″ in 2:1

    or 5.2″ in 16:9/5.7″ in 2:1 and 5.5″ in 16:9/6″ in 2:1?

    Take your side! For the sake of my question, let’s ignore the 16:9 vs. 2:1 issue. We can be sure the industry is surely but slowly, moving from the former to the latter.

    1. Not to mention the weight issue. Are we just going to carry heavier and heavier bricks in our pockets, as time goes on? If one is aiming for a lightweight device she should consider the 5.2″ 16:9/5.7″ 2:1 option weights just as much more than the 5″ 16:9/5.5″ 2:1 option.

      1. The weight part is an issue for me too. As I use the phone, I started to feel pain in my finger joints after holding the device in my hand for a while. I am now more inclined to use the tablet while laying it down on something so I don’t have to carry the phone in my hand.

        1. For me, the cut-off is like this.

          mini: 3.5 – 4.2 inch*
          Small: 4.3 – 4.7 inch*
          Medium: 4.8 – 5.2 inch*
          Large: 5.3 – 5.9 inch*
          *unless phone overly thick and/or large bezels and/or overly heavy

          mini: 3.8 – 4.6 inch*
          Small: 4.7 – 5.2 inch*
          Medium: 5.3 – 5.7 inch*
          Large: 5.8 – 6.5 inch*
          *unless phone overly thick and/or large bezels and/or overly heavy

          Basically the new worse 2:1 standard is misleading in size, as you need to subtract around 0.3in – 0.6in from the figure to get a better representation. A good mean for it is 0.5 inches reduction.

          Anything larger than 6 inches (16:9) is a Tablet, but I would even so far as to say 5.8 inches (16:9) is the cut-off point. But it depends on the balance of its bezels, and the back thickness, and any weight issues (there seldom is). I could go further with Phone Tiers and place resolutions, memory, and performance too.

          cheap: 400p LCD
          Low-end: 720p LCD
          Mid-range: 1080p LCD
          High-end: 1080p OLED or 1440p LCD

          cheap: 1GB RAM, 16GB Nand
          Low-end: 2GB RAM, 32GB Nand
          Mid-range: 4GB RAM, 64GB Nand
          High-end: 8GB RAM, 128GB Nand

          cheap: 28nm, Cortex A53
          Low-end: 14nm, Cortex A55
          Mid-range: 14nm, Cortex A73
          High-end: 10nm, Cortex A75

          cheap: €99
          Low-end: €199
          Mid-range: €399
          High-end: €699
          Euro’s are the most stable/representative of the International Market. Its not as cheap as Hong Kong, and not as expensive as Brazil. Other acceptable markets are South Korea and Australia to base a proper median price.

          …with all those data points, we can actually group them into probabilities.
          Exhibit A, a cheap phone for €99. It comes with a 4.2inch 800×400 LCD screen. Powered by a 28nm Cortex A53 SoC with 1GB RAM and 16GB of in-built storage. A great offering for a burner phone, or something for the kids.

          Exhibit B, a low-end phone for €199. It comes with a 4.7inch 1280×720 LCD screen. Powered by a 14nm Cortex A55 SoC with 2GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage. Good for those growing teenagers.

          Exhibit C, a mid-range phone for €399. It comes with a 5.5inch 2160×1920 LCD screen. Powered by a 14nm Cortex A73 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. Its great for most people.

          Exhibit D, a high-end phone for €699. It comes with a 6.3inch 2960×1440 OLED screen. Powered by a 10nm Cortex A75 SoC with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. Its only good for those living in the 1%

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