Back at Mobile World Congress (MWC), there were a number of different Android Go and Android One devices announced. Among those devices is the Alcatel 1X, a budget-friendly smartphone with humble specs. After all, this was what Android Go promised to be.
A few months later and it looks like the Alcatel 1X is finally ready to go on sale in the U.S.
It’s been reported that the Alcatel 1X will go on sale in the U.S. starting next week. At a price of $ 99, the device comes with a 5.3-inch display with a resolution of 480×960. Powering the device from within is a 1.3GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT6739 processor with 1GB of RAM and onboard storage of 16GB expandable by up to 32GB with a microSD card.
The device will have an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with HD video capture. In front, there will be a 5-megapixel camera with a flash. The battery of the phone is a humble 2460mAh battery with a micro USB charging cable. Upon release, the Alcatel 1X will run Android Oreo (Go edition).
As of this writing, the Alcatel 1X is the only Android Go smartphone that you can purchase in the U.S. If it weren’t for the imposed ZTE ban, the recognition would have been on the ZTE Tempo Go. But ever since the whole debacle took place, the Tempo Go was quickly taken off the market.
This advantageous momentum for Alcatel, however, is not expected to last very long. For one thing, Nokia is said to be bringing its Nokia 2.1 device to the U.S. in July. And once this device becomes available with Android Go, it might quickly be able to dethrone the Alcatel 1X from its current seat of power.
Will you be buying the Alcatel 1X or will you be holding off for the Nokia 2.1?