Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Itel partners Google to launch Android 8.0 Oreo

Itel partners Google to launch Android 8.0 Oreo

The range starts with the Alcatel 1X, which the company says is the first device with an 18:9 screen costing less than Euro 100. Google had already installed a few apps and games for us to check out and appreciate the Go edition of Android Oreo.

For the uninitiated, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android that has been optimized for low-end smartphones that run with less than 1GB of RAM. The phone sells unlocked, so you can use it on any carrier.

The main letdown yet less relevant feature of the device is its 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front shooter, although it is quite a catch if its market value of $79.00 is taken into consideration.

For starters, the Nokia 7 Plus has a 6-inch 18:9 screen which stretches across most of the front of the phone, which immediately grabs attention. The camera has been enhanced to give Dual Bokeh experience and an LED flash for night time video calling. The phone has double internal storage compared to Lava Z50's 8GB. Seeing as Nokia sales remain strong in developing markets, it's a natural fit, one that happens to complement its pivot to higher-end devices with Android One-but that's another story.

Now available in select markets, the Alcatel 3V comes in black, blue or gold for Euro 190. Some may find themselves forever polishing it. The Alcatel 1X features a 5.3-inch display. It goes on sale in March.

The display measures in at 4.5-inches with a resolution of 854 x 480. We got a chance to try it out at MWC and were impressed by the vibrant colours on screen. All smartphones under the program come with cash back offers and bundled plans that bring down the effective cost of device ownership. There's also a 3,000mAh battery tucked inside.

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The Alcatel 5 will also ship out with Android 7.0 Nougat, instead of the Android 8.0 Oreo, along with Alcatel's "Face Key" recognition software.

Right now about half of the world's 7.6 billion people are online and when new users first log in to the internet they are using the cheapest general objective device available: a smartphone.

Shopping for a smartphone under £100?

Nokia 8 Sirocco, priced at 749 Euro is the most premium Android One smartphone anyone buy right now. It is powered by a 1.1GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6737M Processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. The device will be running on a latest, Android 8.0 Oreo operating system out-of-the-box.

Speaking of price, the Nokia 1 isn't much more expensive than the 8110 4G - a reimagined version of the classic that came out 22 years ago. We're still waiting for word on United Kingdom pricing. After looking into Nokia, Alcatel, and General Mobile, Google's scout party finally put their trust in ZTE and thought of them as apt for the development of this state-of-the-art Android device.

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