We already told you the first wave of Android Go phones would arrive at MWC 2018, and now we’re getting an initial look at the very first device that’s a part of it. Called the 1X, it’s Alcatel’s newest super low-end smartphone that will only cost €100 when it launches.
The headlining feature of this device is, by far, the operating system. It’s the first known phone to sport Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition) which is optimized for low-powered hardware. With the OS on board, users can expect to receive security patches quicker, major OS upgrades sooner, and better speed and fluidity day to day.
That being said, there isn’t much else to talk about regarding the 1X. It has a 5.3-inch 18:9 screen, but it’s only 960×480 in resolution. It has a processor, but it’s only a quad-core MediaTek 1.28GHz chip. There’s a microSD card slot, but there’s only 16GB of internal space. It has RAM, but you can only opt for 1 or 2GB. It’s got cameras, but they’re probably not worth a ton since they weigh in at 8MP on the rear and 5MP on the front. There’s facial recognition for security, but I doubt it works very well. It comes with a fingerprint scanner, but only on a certain model. Oh yeah, and the device’s battery charges, but it does so over microUSB. Sad face emoji here.
In the end, what you’re getting is the first presentation of what Android Go can do on low-budget smartphone internals. Here’s to it living up to what Google says it can do: provide a better, faster, more secure experience for customers on a budget.