Flagships aren’t for everyone, especially those in emerging markets. Not everyone wants or needs a high-end phone that costs a lot of money. Affordability, too, is a big concern.
Last year, Google announced Android Go as an initiative to optimize its mobile operating system on entry-level phones. A bunch of partners stepped forward in recent months to introduce new hardware based on the optimized software, and now those devices are beginning to arrive around the world. Even the United States will see Android Go devices in 2018.
ZTE just surprised us by putting the Tempo Go up for sale in the U.S., which means it’s selling the country’s first Android Go device. The $80 phone was announced at MWC last month.
As you’d imagine, the Tempo Go doesn’t shine on paper. The specs are very, very plain. It features a 5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot, a 5MP rear camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, a 2200mAh battery, and Android Go. See, that should explain why the phone’s just $80.
If you’re someone who normally purchases something that costs hundreds of dollars, keep shopping. The Tempo Go is obviously not for you. ZTE is targeting consumers who want a phone that does the essentials well and stops there.
Alcatel also plans on releasing an Android Go device in the U.S. within the next few months.
The Tempo Go appears to be available only through ZTE at the moment, but it wouldn’t be surprising if additional retailers added the phone soon. Amazon and Best Buy have sold ZTE’s mobile devices in the past, and Android Go-type devices are typically popular on for both retailers’.
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