Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and although it’s certain to be a flagship smartphone fest, we wonder: Will there be any budget-friendly phones at the event?
Google, in its latest blog entry, confirms that we’ll indeed see partner brands launching products for two price-conscious Android platforms, namely Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition).
For the uninitiated, Android One is a pure take on the Android operating system designed for handsets outside of the Pixel lineup. They’re significantly more affordable than Google’s flagship devices, and they receive software updates much quicker than most products in the market.
Android Oreo (Go edition), on the other hand, is destined to be another pure version of Android, but with lighter built-in apps and a greater focus on saving mobile data. With prices going as low as US$ 50, smartphones on this system are geared toward budget-conscious consumers without deep pockets.
The next question is: Which brands will launch Android One and Android Oreo (Go edition) phones during MWC 2018?
Based on recent rumors, Nokia seems to be leading the charge on both fronts. A rumored Nokia 7 Plus looks to be the company’s first Android One phone, which also comes with the slimmer 18:9 screen ratio that’s becoming more common recently, while the Nokia 1 would likely be the headlining Android Oreo (Go edition) handset we’ll see in Barcelona, Spain next week.
These two gadgets (and whatever else we’ll see at the show) will be a breath of fresh air in the sea of high-priced devices from the likes of Samsung, ASUS, and Sony. With the way things are shaping up so far, we’re bound to have offerings from all price segments.
Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 8 Sirocco Hands-On
Testament to Nokia’s craftsmanship
Two years after making its big comeback, Nokia is slowly filling in the pieces of its Android smartphone lineup. The star of course has to be the new Nokia 8 Sirocco, the most premium from the announcements at Mobile World Congress.
But our favorite is the Nokia 7 Plus, a near-borderless Android One phone with Zeiss optics and a beautiful build.
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