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The First Android Go Device in the U.S. is the Alcatel 1X

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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 480x960. 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?



Source: AndroidPolice

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  1. There are people outside America right now who're using the 128GB Moto G6 Plus with 6GB of RAM.

    Meanwhile, this is the trash we're getting dumped on us.

    Instead of offering universal phones with good specs, they're just flooding the market with electronic waste.

    I'm so salty.

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  2. At $99, this is not nearly competitive with all the $0, $29, $39, and $99 phones available from MetroPCS, Cricket, and Boost (with port) that can be unlocked through ebay sellers for $2 - $25.

    This phone's 5.3-inch display, 480x960, 1GB of RAM is worse then the free/cheap phone's specs, which are usually 2 or even 3 GB of RAM, higher res, larger screens, and faster chipsets.

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  3. What is the difference between device(s) like these and those compatible with Project Fi service, only the radios available in the latter?

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  4. Is "humble specs" what we call "crappy phones" now?

    $99 for this POS?

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    1. "The phone snobs are always triggered by articles about inexpensive phones. There is a huge market for very affordable phones, or companies and carriers would not offer them."

      The term "affordable" for something with a low price makes no sense. Expensive iPhones and Samsungs outsell all other models combined, so it is quite clear that the average person finds these models to be affordable, right?

      But sweeping this aside, what you are seeing is anti-junk snobs. There are some FINE low-cost phones. This AllTheSmell model is NOT one of them.

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    2. Alcashits lost their value once the prepaid versions of the idol 4 and 5 were sold for $200 despite having only 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, respectively.

      Their pre-installed bloatware also got worse over the years.

      As for expensive flagships outselling other phones, that only happens because device payment plans shield consumers from having to pay full retail.

      Without any sort of subsidies or mortgages, sales of those flagships would drop like a sack of cubic zirconium bricks.

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    3. "As for expensive flagships outselling other phones, that only happens because device payment plans shield consumers from having to pay full retail."

      So? None of what you said precludes the idea that expensive flagships sell more. You have listed one reason, but you haven't contradicted anything.

      "Without any sort of subsidies..."

      They're actually aren't any subsidies. As long as they are making a profit on the device, and they are, you can't call it a subsidy. The customer is paying them not the other way around.

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    4. No way a carrier is making a profit when they sell a phone for a third or less of its retail price or even it it away for free. They are selling phones at a loss to gain new customers and making up the loss with recurring service revenue.

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  6. The phone snobs are always triggered by articles about inexpensive phones. There is a huge market for very affordable phones, or companies and carriers would not offer them. Android Go helps these phones perform better. That is a good thing for shoppers who see their smartphone as an inexpensive tool, not a woke status symbol.

    Car snobs shunned Japanese cars in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Henry Ford II famously rejected a deal with Honda to supply their superior engines: "I'm not putting a Jap engine in my cars." The snobs said Subarus were toys. Snobs also put down the Koreans when Hyundai, Kia and Daewoo sold models here. Now the Japanese and Korean competition is so strong, and offers so many choices they forced GM to cut way back on car production and cancel models. Ford will only sell the Mustang and an electric hatchback; all other Fords will be trucks and SUVs.

    The cellphone market is tough to enter. Lots of new, high-end device companies have failed. The best strategy to overcome barriers to entry is to sell good quality, inexpensive devices that sell well, and use the scale to gradually add better models. Android Go is a great tool for helping new manufacturers get started. Altel should sell a lot of 1X phones. They may not make any profit, but the 1X will help Altel introduce more people to the brand, gain more scale, and negotiate lower component prices.

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    1. Except, as others have stated, you can get better phones with much better specs than this for less (or at least similar) money.

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    2. Japanese cars from the mid 60s to mid 70s offered good value.

      The same was true of Korean cars in the mid 80s to 2000.

      This crap Alcatel 1X is poor value for the money, especially compared to cheaper or free phones available from prepaid brands.

      You can get better specs for equal or lower prices.

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    3. In other words, "It's a Yugo!"

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    4. 1X has a 2:1 screen for nicer width, Android 8.1, f/2.2 aperture camera, FM radio and is unlocked. Fair value now for what you get, and the price will go down as soon as another Go model launches.
      Comparing 1X price to a subsidized carrier phone is not relevant for people who don't want to get locked into a more expensive (unlimited) plan for 6 months. And comparing it to an outdated phone with an outdated OS is not valid either. Do your homework!

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    5. Better a Moto g6 than a Yugo 1X

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    6. Anon 1:47 is trying his best to ignore that the subsidized prepaid brand phones are relevant for anyone with the computer skills of a 10 year old who can buy an unlock on ebay for $2 - $25.

      So, no, you cannot ignore a comparison with free and sub-$100 phones from Boost, Metro, and Cricket just because you want to.

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  7. Trash phone. Not even worth for free...

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  8. If only I could mine bitcoin with them...

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    1. Pal, I think this Alcahell phone is so slow that it will COST you bitcoin when you try to mine with it...

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  9. I would clean out the couch, chairs and my desk to find another $30, then buy the new BLU Pure View. This is a lot of phone for the money, and it's gorgeous!
    $70 off for intro period on Amazon here:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5MGL7

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    1. Thanks! I just ordered this. Awesome value

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    2. BLU has been caught twice putting malicious spyware on its devices. And its Amazon listing you link to is off to a typical review collection for BLU products: reviews reflecting a poor customer experience. Risky, shoddy devices.

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  10. Motorola Moto e5 Play has some better specs but is very close in most features. It costs $80-99 tied to a network. Too bad it is very wide with a 16:9 screen and wasted space for big chin and forehead. The unlocked model will cost more than $100.

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  11. 1GB phones haven’t been relevant since ... 2014? Pass.

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    1. A 1GB phone can work. I've done it before... But you have to be constantly riding on one of those Android "cancel app" apps like a New York cabbie has his finger on the horn

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  12. "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."

    Sorry, I'd be reluctant to refer to any position occupied by these underpowered burners as a "Seat of Power".

    And the only throne involved is the type that has a toilet-paper roll on the wall next to it.

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  13. Not one comment on what Android Go even is.

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    1. Stock Android vs Android One vs Android Go - Android Authority - https://www.androidauthority.com/stock-android-vs-android-one-vs-android-go-860020/

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    2. "Not one comment on what Android Go even is."

      Yes, because the hardware is so substandard COMPARED TO OTHER PHONES COSTING THE SAME, that it is hard to overlook this glaring problem and get to the software.

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    3. Android Go will allow this phone to perform well enough that people can enjoy its advantages, like the narrower, 2:1 display, FM radio, HD video.

      Many people don't want a chubby 5.3" screen phone, and can't afford a Sony. Who sells a 2:1 5.3" screen, Android 8.1, f/2.2 camera at this price, unlocked without a contract?

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  14. The "release" of the Alcatel 1X in the United States has proven to be a phony publicity stunt. It is actually not available for purchase in this country.

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