After being announced back in February at Mobile World Congress, the Android Go based ZTE Tempo Go phone is now available for purchase here in the United States. The $80 is available directly from ZTE on their site. Sporting a 5″ FWVGA display, the Tempo Go is aimed at the entry level market and has a price point that will be hard to pass up, especially considering the phone comes with Android Oreo and will be regularly updated as part of the Go program.
The ZTE Tempo Go is powered by the Snapdragon 210 quad-core SoC. It has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage but that storage can be expanded by an additional 32GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. Powering all of this is a 2200mAh battery that is recharged via the MicroUSB port.
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Nokia has announced several new phones today at Mobile World Congress including the company’s first Android Go edition phone, the Nokia 1. Much like the Alcatel 1X announced earlier today, the Nokia 1 is a budget friendly phone with a MediaTek MT6737M SoC, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It has a 4.5″ display with a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera.
Nokia has indicated that the phone will be priced at a very budget friendly $85 in the markets it is made available in but, at this time, it is unclear which markets that will be just yet. It is almost certainly emerging markets but it could make its way to established markets too.
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The Alcatel 1X has been announced at Mobile World Congress and represents the first phone in the new budget focused Android Go program. The Go program phones are designed to be low cost with basic specs but with the benefit of using the Go lineup of apps and being updated regularly. The 1X falls squarely in line with the goals.
Powered by the Mediatek MT6739, the Alcatel 1X has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage which can be expanded up to an additional 32GB thanks to the MicroSD slot. It has a 5.3″ 18:9 ratio display that renders at 480×960. It has an 8MP main camera and a 5MP selfie cam. All of this will be around $120 when it is released.
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Mobile World Congress, or MWC, kicks off next week in Barcelona, Spain and even though there won’t be as many phone announcements, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be an exciting show. For their part, Google is going to be going strong at the event with a lot of announcements and products on display.
The company updated their blog earlier today outlining their plans for MWC which includes the first set of Android Oreo Go Edition phones. By now you are likely familiar with the Android Go apps that are available like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Maps Go and other. These lightweight apps are aimed to work on low cost, low memory devices. We will get our first glimpse of them next week.
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