Last spring, Google stated that it was going to take another shot at reworking Android to keep it running fast and smooth on lower-end devices. The new program was called Android Go and the first phone to ever run it technically, the “Android Oreo (Go Edition)” was announced yesterday by Alcatel. It is called the Alcatel 1X.
According to our sources, there is not much to expect from it partially because the 1X is a low-end phone meaning that it has to impress on value rather than specs. Also, it is because, at the initial handling of the phone, the operating system didn’t run as smoothly as Google optimized.
Later, Google said that the phone was not running on a consumer build of the OS, and a representative of Alcatel indicated that issues probably arose as a result of the use of a preproduction device since the phone will not be shipped until the next 2 months. Our sources say that there’ll be a weekly update on the Android Go to check if the problems are unique to Alcatel phones or not.
The specs of the Alcatel 1X are minimal in an appropriate way. It features a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB or internal storage, as well as a 5.3-inch 960 x 480 display. It charges over Micro USB. The one upside that it possesses is that the display has an 18:9 aspect ratio which is why the bezels appear to be kind of trimmer at the top and bottom. The downside of the phone on the other hand is that some models of the phone don’t include a fingerprint sensor. Although, they will include Alcatel’s “Face Key” facial recognition feature. Reports state that the phone will be launched in April for €100 for a single-SIM variant and €110 for a dual-SIM variant.