Android Go-powered ZTE Tempo Go is now up for sale in the U.S. for just $79

The ZTE Tempo Go made its debut last month, and the phone is now up for sale in the U.S. direct from ZTE for $79.99. That's the price for the unlocked variant, and while the specs on offer are underwhelming, the overall experience should be considerably smooth thanks to Android Go.

As a refresher, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android designed for low-powered hardware. The OS comes with just nine pre-installed apps — including the likes of Google Go and Maps Go — and all of them are lightweight versions of Google services that take up less than half the space as the full-fledged clients.

The ZTE Tempo Go offers a 5.0-inch 854 x 480 display, quad-core 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, 2MP front shooter, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, and a 2200mAh battery. Android Go is based on Oreo, and the software updates are delivered direct from Google.

The goal with Android Go is to provide a decent software experience on phones with entry-level hardware, and the pure Android interface coupled with the promise of quick updates makes it an enticing option in the sub-$100 segment.

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Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • The sd 210 isn't that great on more fully speced amd fully loaded phones but I'll bet it does pretty well on this lightweight state of affairs. Id like to have this as a toy to experience unlocked, and Android Go. It would be nice to get all those updates. For hard working people on a tight budget this would be a very attractive offer.
  • Even if the main use is as a music player while doing yard work, I could see nabbing one.
  • will be a sellout in Africa 🌍
  • This is the way to go on a budget. You get functionality and less of the overkill. Whether on a budget or just a minimalist, Google did good with Android One.
  • We need a proper review!
  • If Google can focus on ZTE, Nokia, and Motorola for partnering in the US with GO. They could really do a lot in shifting some of the attention away from $1000 phones. Having affordable options helps everyone out cost wise.
  • Before anyone actually buys this. Android is not great on anything less than 1.5GB RAM. Android is just not one of those operating systems meant to run on that low of RAM.
  • Android Go is for exactly that purpose. This is not regular Android.
  • I feel like there are much better options for around the same price. I cannot see this performing better than say the Moto e4 even with this lightweight version of android.