During MWC 2018, we’re getting a look at some of the first devices launching under Google’s Android Go initiative.Today the US branch of ZTE presented the budget model ZTE Tempo Go, which is the first smartphone on the Android Go platform, offered in the US. Android Go is a slimmed-down version of the Oreo system, designed for the cheapest smartphones with weaker specifications. It is no different in the case of ZTE Tempo Go.
Looking at the Tempo Go’s specs, there’s nothing here that’s all that impressive. ZTE Tempo Go has a simple plastic housing and a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 480×854 pixels. The heart of the device is the Snapdragon 210 processor Quad-Core processor, 1.1GHz supported by 1GB of RAM. The internal memory is also modest – 8 GB – an easily understandable piece of equipment is a microSD card slot.
ZTE Tempo Go received two cameras: a 5MP rear and 2MP front camera. Power is provided by a 2200mAh battery. Interestingly, this model supports LTE. Other tidbits for the Tempo Go include a 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port, 4G LTE connectivity, and Bluetooth 4.2.
Before you shrug this off as just another cheap Android phone, there are a couple important things to take note of. First, the ZTE Tempo Go costs just $80. Second, since it’s an Android Go phone, it’s running a lightweight, stock version of Android Oreo and is promised to receive software updates in a timely manner.
The ZTE Tempo Go may not compete with the latest flagships like Samsung’s Galaxy S9, but at less than 1/10th their price, it isn’t meant to. $80 here gets you “good enough” hardware coupled the with software that’s tailored to work best with it, all without sacrificing modern benefits like Google Assistant.
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