Soon you may have another option for a cheap Android phone that ships with a version of Android (and some key apps) optimized for low-end hardware.
TCL has introduced the Alcatel 1, an Android Go edition smartphone set to hit the streets in July.
While the company only says it’ll be available in “select markets,” the official announcement lists the price as $89 USD or 79 Euros, so it’s pretty likely that we’ll see this phone in the US and Europe.
As the price suggests, this is very much a budget phone. It has a low-res display, not a lot of memory or storage, and a design that features “brushed metallic finishing,” as opposed to, you know, actual metal.
But the Android Go and Go Edition versions of core apps including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play should provide a halfway decent user experience, while also offering data saving options.
Here’s a run-down of the specs:
- 5 inch, 960 x 480 pixel display with capacitive 2-point multitouch support
- MediaTek MT6739 1.28 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB storage
- microSD card reader (up to 32GB)
- 2,000 mAh battery
- 5MP fixed-focus rear camera and 2MP fixed-focus front camera
- 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, and A-GPS
- Micro USB 2.0 port
The phone comes in blue, gold, and black color options.