Not to be confused with Android One, which had more or less the same kind of philosophy, Android Go is making its official debut in the United States. And the first phone in the U.S. to rock the optimized mobile operating system is the ZTE Tempo Go.

As a quick refresher, the whole point of Android Go is so that phones with lower-end hardware can still provide a reasonably functional user experience that isn’t bogged down by poor performance. The optimized OS takes less memory to run and the accompanying apps are also Android Go-optimized.

We knew this was coming and we knew that ZTE was going to be one of the first partners to deliver an Android Go smartphone to Americans. We’ve also reviewed a number of “premium affordable” ZTE smartphones over the years, largely from the Grand X family (like the Grand X Plus), so we have a pretty good idea of what to expect here. This is especially true since Android Go is designed with cheaper hardware in mind.

Given this, the spec sheet for the ZTE Tempo Go is not going to astound anyone. It’s meant to be good enough so that it can be cheaper enough. You get a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm 210, 1GB of RAM, Android Oreo Go Edition, a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854) screen, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, 8GB storage, microSD expansion, a 2,200mAh battery, micro USB and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

And yes, you still get Google Assistant.


The ZTE Tempo Go is available for purchase now through the ZTE USA website for $79.99, including free standard shipping. There are also a whole bunch of Tempo Go cases already up for sale on Amazon if you want to protect your $80 investment.

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