The first Android Go smartphones have been announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. Half of the world’s population are not connected yet. Android Go is Google’s attempt to connect the next billion smartphone users. Android Go is a stripped down version of Android OS for budget smartphones with limited resources.
What are you to expect from Android Go? In essence, it promises better performance for bottom-end hardware than Android OS is currently able to deliver.
The First Android Go Smartphones
These first batch of Android Go smartphones all run Android Go Oreo Edition. In other words, the stripped down version of Android 8 Oreo. We have three devices from three different mobile brands, Nokia, Alcatel, and ZTE. Let us have a look.
The Nokia One has a 4.5-inch display, 5 megapixel camera, Quad-core 1.1GHz MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. It has 4G LTE, a removable 2150mAh battery, and will sell for $85 from April 2018.
The Alcatel 1X has a 5.3-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio (surprise!), 1.28GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB internal storage. It also has “Face Key,” which is basically face unlocking, and is equipped with a 2,460mAh battery.
The 1X will have single and dual SIM variants, costing €100 and €110 respectively. Availability isn’t till April 2018.
ZTE Tempo Go
The ZTE Tempo Go has a 5-inch display, a 5 megapixels camera, Quad-core 1.1 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB internal storage. Its battery is of 2,200mAh capacity.
It has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. There is 4G LTE support and it will be available in March 2018 for around $80.
From the available information, the ZTE Tempo Go will be the first of the three to it the market in March. The other two will follow in April. If you are in search of a budget Android smartphone that will run smoothly, lookout for these first Android Go smartphones. Of course, more such phones will still be announced later.
Which of them sound the most interesting to you?
You can read up some more about Android Go here: Because Android OS is not fit for the next billion, and here: All you need to know about Android Go Oreo Edition.
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