ZTE announced the Tempo Go phone with Android Go at MWC 2018 in Barcelona

ZTE, a company we don’t talk about very often around these parts, announced a cool device this week at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. Unlike most other phones announced at the trade show, ZTE’s Tempo Go phone is an Android Go phone, and we’ll get into what that means.


ZTE is sticking to what has made the company successful in years past, and that’s affordable, budget-friendly phones. Tempo Go is ZTE’s newest smartphone that will be one of the very first alongside the Nokia 1 to run Android 8.1 Oreo Go Edition. ZTE has already confirmed US availability, so presumably, it’ll be the first Android Go device to hit US shores. In fact, the company began selling pre-orders earlier this week, and they already appear sold out on the company’s website.

Tempo Go is also one of the first phones that will have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 MSM8909 quad-core processor for low-end devices. It’ll work on the T-Mobile and AT&T cellular networks, but be sold unlocked. Pricing has been set at just $80 USD. This might sound too good to be true, so before you get excited, we should take a look at the device specifications.

Google’s Android Go program, for those unfamiliar, is designed for phones with 1GB of RAM and as much as 8GB of internal storage. These devices also get the Android One treatment of timely updates. In a nutshell, the platform is Android designed for lower-end devices. Google apps have been replaced with Go apps, which take up less space, use less data, and are easy on the processor. The use of this platform by manufacturers is still somewhat limited, and varies by region. ZTE stopped producing 512MB RAM phones as the OS was using the entire memory, but now with Android Go, ZTE might try 512MB phones again.

Tempo Go features a 5-inch LCD display with a 854 x 480 pixel resolution. The phone charges a 2,200mAh battery via its microUSB port, and has a microSD card slot that can extend storage up another 32GB. There is 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. According to ZTE USA, Tempo Go is the first Android Go smartphone which is based on the Snapdragon mobile platform.

If Tempo Go performs well, it may just open new doors for entry-level smartphones. If you’re in Barcelona, drop by the company’s booth to give one a test drive.

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