Google’s Android Go initiative will bring a new wave of affordable smartphones that run an optimized version of Android with lightweight apps. Many OEMs have started developing their Android Go handsets and Alcatel is one of them. The company has officially announced its Alcatel 1 Android Go smartphone. It will start shipping the device next month and customers will be able to pick one up for $89.
Android Go-powered devices are low-end smartphones so the specs are nothing to write home about. The Alcatel 1 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. It also features a 5 inch 960×480 pixel resolution display with 18:9 aspect ratio as well as a 5 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front camera.
The Alcatel 1 will be available for purchase in Metallic blue, Metallic gold, and Metallic black colors. Measuring in at 137.6 x 65.7 x 9.8mm, the device weighs in at 134g and has a 2,000mAh battery.
Alcatel has said that it will start shipping its Android Go smartphone from next month in “select markets,” without specifying the markets where the device will be available. The United States and Europe will likely be included in the list of markets where Alcatel releases its new Android Go smartphone.