Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Mar 2018 01:03 UTC
Android

Mobile World Congress is happening this week, and we're slowly getting a better picture of what Google's new "Android Go" initiative will look like. Android Go is a special configuration of Android 8.1 (with a selection of special "Go" apps) that targets low-end devices with 1GB of RAM or less.

MWC has seen a ton of manufacturers sign up for the program and announce phones shipping with the Go config, so it's time for a hardware roundup.

We often tend to get tunnel vision and focus on expensive flagships, so here's a roundup of upcoming 100 dollar Android Go phones. These are neat little phones for a decent price.

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Parry
Member since:
2014-06-03

I always buy my phones from eBay with a $100 limit. Most recently a LeEco Pro 3 (like new, boxed, Snapdragon 821, 4GB). Great on paper compared to these Android Go phones, but LeEco went bust and the phone runs Android 6 (although LeEco fans on XDA have released a buggy 8.1). I would hope the Android Go phones will get better long term support.

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pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

I've been buying under $100 too, but only brand new. Sometimes get a lemon (Haixu 6), some really good (Dengo Max, DooGee X7).

Additional personal requirements:
- 6 inch screen
- At least 1G RAM
- At least 8G ROM

Lessons learned:
- Definitely go for 16G ROM storage, 8 is too cumbersome with Playstore updates.
- Never go under 1G RAM, but preferable 2G and up.
- 6 inch screens are way less common than 5.5", so probably way more options (I haven't really gone there, starts to be small to me).

Edited 2018-03-03 06:33 UTC

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Parry Member since:
2014-06-03

IMO you need at least 3GB RAM & 16GB ROM these days for Android. 4GB & 32GB make it at least 1 year future proof! Of course, if Android Go gets ported to other phones, 1-2 GB will do.

Edited 2018-03-03 09:22 UTC

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