Huawei’s low-cost Android Go phone coming in May
Many Android Go devices have started to hit international markets like the Nokia 1 and ZTE Tempo Go. Now, Huawei will be the latest manufacturer to foray into the ultra-cheap Android Go phone market. An announcement by Huawei South Africa’s general manager, Zhao Likun confirms the handset will be in the Y-series. Moreover, the handset will be launched in May, according to the official.
As reported by XDA, this specific device could be the Y5 Lite 2018 as evidence to it were found in firmware files. Further, it was also revealed that the handset would be powered by a MediaTek MT6737. This is the same processor that runs the Nokia 3. The handset will be having a resolution of 854 × 480 probably with around 4.5-inch display. Expect a sub-$100 price tag for this Huawei device.
If the Y5 Lite is indeed the Android Go phone, then the handset has passed the FCC with a removable back, dual SIM, and a single camera. As we progress towards mid-2018, we’re likely to see more manufacturers enter the Android Go phone market. This should contribute to rapid growth in the Android user base.
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, Huawei revealed that it would launch a smartphone running Android Go in early 2017 and now Zhao Likun, general manager for Huawei South Africa has said that the company will be launching their “first Android Go smartphone named Y-series 2018. This is the first (Huawei) product equipped with Android Go.”
The company has also confirmed the time frame of launch as Huawei’s executive says “We will launch from May.” While explaining the experience for Huawei devices, Likun says; “It (Android Go) means that we can provide 1GB RAM plus 16GB ROM, so that means with Android Go… consumers that use such a phone, they’ll still have good performance, at least for two years,”
The entry-level smartphone is likely to have 16 GB of internal storage and will be powered by 1GB of RAM. These specs should be sufficient to run the smartphone well for “at least two years“, remarked the executive.
Huawei Y5 Lite 2018 will be running on Android Go version of Oreo. The pre-installed nine apps in the device are likely to be Google Go, Google Assistant Go, YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, Gmail Go, Gboard, Google Play, Chrome, and the new Files Go app.
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