Android Go is the stripped down version of its regular counterpart specially designed to run on low-end hardware more efficiently. Furthermore, it is updated with security patches periodically.
The current crop of Android (Go) smartphones run on Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition). The Android 9 Pie (Go Edition) has been released by Google but is yet to hit any of the smartphones running Android Go, at least in the Indian market. All of the following smartphones support 4G.
Here we list out five best smartphones running Android Go.
Nokia 2.1 is the company’s budget smartphone running Android Go (Oreo), powered by Snapdragon 425 SoC. It comes with 8Gb of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128Gb, coupled with 1GB RAM. The device has 8-megapixel rear facing and 5-megapixel selfie camera with a claimed 2-day battery life with the 4000 mAh battery. The device features a 5.5-inch HD (1280 X 720) display and dual front speakers.
The Z50 is Lava’s attempt at making a decent budget smartphone with decent internals. The phone features 2000mAh battery, 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 64GB using a microSD card and 1GB of RAM. In addition, it sports 5-megapixel shooters at both front and rear and has a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854) display.
Micromax Bharat Go
Micromax is known for their value for money products and the Bharat Go is no exception armed with a MediaTek MT6737M processor clocked at 1.1Ghz, in addition to a decent 5-megapixel primary shooter and 2000mAh battery — it is a solid product for the entry level buyer.
The device has 8GB of internal storage, coupled with 1GB of RAM and supports 4G VoLTE.
Price: ₹ 5,000
Samsung Galaxy J2 core
The J2 Core is Samsung’s take on the Android Go side of things. It flaunts a 5-inch display (540 x 960) and is powered by a Cortex A53 quad-core processor which has a clock speed of 1.4GHz. The processor is coupled with a 1GB RAM, 2600mAh battery in addition to an 8 and 5-megapixel front and rear camera. The device features 8GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.
Check out the review of the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core here.
Karbonn K9 smart plus
Karbonn K9 is Karbon’s take on an entry-level Go phone with decent specifications, which include a 1.4Ghz processor coupled with decent 2800mAh battery and a pair of a 5megapixel camera at both the front and rear. The device comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card.
Note: All the prices are true at the time of writing. They might increase or decrease depending on respective retailers and brands.
In my opinion, Nokia 2.1 would the top pick from the bunch as it packs decent internals coupled with a sleek form factor. It is expensive in the company of its competitors on this list but worthy of its price tag.