- Analysis by KJ David
The ZTE Tempo Go may be one of the lowest-specked smartphones unveiled during the 2018 Mobile World Congress, but it's not entirely an old-fashioned smartphone, being one of the earliest models to run on the Android 8.0 Oreo Go edition ecosystem, better known as Android Go. Before we jump into this Go phone's pros, however, let us warn you of its cons -- and yes, there's quite a handful of them.
Being heavily-based on the Tempo X, which ZTE shipped through Boost Mobile in 2017, the unlocked (Discover the best unlocked smartphones here) Tempo Go suffers from a mediocre 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480) display . It comes with a run-of-the-mill 8GB internal memory that can be expanded by only up to 32GB , despite some of the entry-level competition reaching 64GB and even 128GB external memory allowances.
At the back, the Tempo Go sports a measly 5-megapixel rear camera that's at least aided by an LED flash , while up front sits a 2-megapixel front facing camera whose resolution befits senior basic/feature phones more than 2018 Android smartphones. In comparison, many other models in the low-end category greet their novice target users with 8-megapixel rear cameras and 5-megapixel selfie cams.
Supporting its mundane technical pros and cons is an elementary quad-core 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor and a mere 1GB RAM -- a RAM capacity that many already considered outmoded as of this specs-driven review. It also does not go beyond 2200mAh of raw battery power , consequently promising no more than 12 hours of calling time (720 minutes) . Additionally, its 220-hour maximum standby time , which equates to roughly 9 days, was roughly 30 percent lower than the average value around the time of its MWC 2018 announcement.
The difference-maker for the Tempo Go is its Android Go operating system, which is a lightweight version of Android 8.0 Oreo tailored to smartphones with its kind of limitations in terms of storage and processing power. It offers a suite of stripped-down versions of core Google apps like YouTube and Gmail as a method of boosting the phone's performance as well as conserving storage and data . The inclusion of 4G LTE network connectivity in its humble array of pros and cons also sounds like a nice touch, especially for a phone that was initially-priced at only $80 .
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At the end of the day, the ZTE Tempo Go is a rather slow-tempo low-end smartphone that hits no high notes whatsoever, but its Android Go OS could still make it a solid choice for those who are only just discovering the world of Android.
** This phone is also known as: ZTE N9138
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