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The GM6 is part of Google’s budget Android One initiative, but still has some not-so-budget features

The General Mobile GM6
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It’s been a while since we heard anything from Android One, Google’s initiative to provide budget smartphones running up-to-date Android in developing markets. But the program isn’t dead yet, as illustrated by the GM6 — a new Android One handset built by Turkish manufacturer General Mobile.

The GM6 looks as generic as you’d expect an Android One handset to, with a sweep of mid-range specs: 5-inch 720p display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, MediaTek MT6737T processor, 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery. It also has fingerprint scanner built into its Samsung-shaped home button — a first for Android One, according to Phandroid. The inclusion of Android 7.0 (including Google Assistant) rounds out the contemporary features. Digital Trends had some hands-on time with the GM6 at MWC and found that performance was great, although the camera app was a little buggy.

The GM6 and GM5 Plus.
Image: Google / General Mobile

You won’t see the GM6 outside of its home country of Turkey, where the price will likely be in the $100 to $200 range (and probably near the higher-end considering the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor). Still, it’s interesting to see Android One’s territory expand to include devices with more advanced features. Is that due to a change in Android One, or simply because these features are becoming more commonplace?

In other Android One news, there are rumors that the program could be coming to the US “before the middle of the year.” If so, those devices will likely look more like the GM6 than the ultra-basic handsets we’ve seen in other countries.