ZTE was among the first set of smartphone makers to launch an Android Go device at Mobile World Congress last month. At MWC 2018, the company announced ZTE Tempo Go, a budget device based on Android Oreo (Go edition). Now a listing on China’s TENAA suggests that ZTE might be working on an Android Go smartphone.
A mysterious device listed as ZTE A606 has been spotted on TENAA with entry-level specifications. It features a 5.45-inch display supporting a resolution of 1440×720 pixels, and the taller 18:9 aspect ratio. The device measures 146.3×69.2×8.5 mm in dimensions, and weighs around 140 grams.
The ZTE A606 is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, which could be a MediaTek SoC. There is 2GB RAM and 16GB of expandable storage, and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box, indicating that it might be based on Android Oreo (Go edition).
The ZTE A606 features a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and placement of the image sensor is similar to that of iPhone X. There is also a 2-megapixel camera at the front for selfies. The TENAA listing also shows that the device lacks a fingerprint sensor, and might feature a rear-mounted speaker setup. The ZTE A606 is said to come in silver and deep blue colors, and packs a 2,600mAh battery.
At Mobile World Congress, Google became the biggest winner with more OEMs joining its Android Go and Android One programs. The programs are meant to offer a more fluid experience even on devices that don’t cost a lot of money. With Android Oreo (Go edition), Google is targeting devices in the sub $100 (around Rs 5,000) price segment, which will remain up-to-date and stay secure with monthly security patch.
Google’s main partners include Nokia brand licensee HMD Global, Alcatel and ZTE with homegrown brands like Micromax and Lava focusing on the Indian market. The new device from ZTE spotted on TENAA might be the second device from the brand and it shows that Android Oreo (Go edition) is set to become standard for budget smartphones launching this year.