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This high-spec smartphone is the dark horse of stock Android



Technological accessibility is something we take for granted. Most of us are blessed with the tools that we rely on to connect ourselves with the world. An idealistic view would be equal opportunity for everyone in the world.

Who knows the unlocked potential and opportunities of these individuals that stand outside these privileged circles.

The Android One program wants to realise a dream that people all over the world will have access to a smartphone and this is the highest specced smartphone yet to come out of the program. This is the GM Plus 5 and with it, people are going to be ready to take on the technological world.


That’s just one reason why we’re looking at the General Mobile 5 Plus. The other is because it’s actually a smartphone that I’d consider getting for myself – anything that runs pure vanilla would warrant a second glance. Coming out of Turkey, this device pushes a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution on its 5.5-inch screen.


You’d be surprised that despite being a part of the Android One program; the manufacturer paid attention to the details. Off the bat, you’ll notice that the glass up front has a 2.5D taper all around while protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. All its internals sit in a metal chassis and the rear is encased by a textured back cover that comes in four colours.

Multitasking shouldn’t be a bother with Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 Octa-core chipset mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. If you’re a memory hog, you’ll rest easy knowing that there’s a microSD slot for expandable storage.

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For all things photography, the primary and secondary shutters are both 13-megapixels. They’re also both equip with autofocus and flash for those low light shots: dual-flash on the rear and a single-flash on the front. General Mobile quotes that the camera sensors were tuned by the folks at DxOMark which mean they took imaging seriously.

Juicing all its internals is a 3100mAh lithium ion battery which charges via a USB Type-C port. And did we mention it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0? Some OEMs should be embarrassed by now.

Being an Android One device automatically allows the GM 5 Plus to run the latest version of Android, so you can expect Marshmallow 6.0.1 on this feature pack device. The GM 5 Plus will also be guaranteed Android updates for 18 months from the time of release. Adding to its spec sheet is support for 4G LTE connectivity up to Cat7.

The device will go on sale in Turkey and 15 other countries, costing roughly US$ 300 (RM 1256.71).