First Android Go Phone From ZTE is Now Available in the US

ZTE Tempo Go

ZTE launches Android Go powered smartphone in the US market.

ZTE Tempo Go

If you’re looking for a backup phone that wouldn’t hurt your wallet, this phone might just be perfect for you. ZTE just launched the ZTE Tempo Go, the first Android Go powered smartphone.

First announced last year, Android Go, is a stripped-down version of Android designed to run on entry-level smartphones. It is based on Android Oreo but optimized to run on smartphones with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM. This takes up lesser space on the phone and allows users to have more room for apps and media.

The ZTE Tempo Go is designed to offer a usable Android experience in a low-end smartphone. At $79.99, you wouldn’t expect it to be at par with your hundreds of dollars-worth smartphones. The phone sports a 5-inch display with big bezels, has a 480 X 854 resolution. For comparison, the iPhone X has a 2436 X 1125 resolution.

The phone runs on the Snapdragon 210 chipset with 1GB RAM and an 8 GB storage. With the Android Go operating system however, this memory should not be an issue since it really does take up so little space. There are also apps in Google Play specifically optimized to run on this OS such as Chrome and YouTube GO.

For those who has plenty of media, the Tempo Go has a memory card slot that can take up to 32GB in capacity.

ZTE may be the first to roll out an Android Go phone but other companies are also gearing up for production. Among those is Alcatel which plan to roll out the Alcatel 1X Android Go priced at $100. However, this might not be released in the US as they are more interested in targeting developing market like India and Africa.