When we were first introduced to Android Oreo Go Edition at the Google For India event in New Delhi, we were skeptical of the Mountain View tech giant embracing phones with as low as 512MB or 1GB of RAM. How can Android run smoothly with such low grade specs, we wondered. Until we experience the first batch of Android Oreo Go Edition devices at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
MWC saw the launch of the $85 (Rs 5,532 approx) Android Oreo Go enabled Nokia 1. The device is as basic as it gets. A compact 4.5-inch IPS LCD display, 1GB Ram, MediaTek 6737M processor, 8GB ROM, 5MP rear and 2 MP front cameras. Entry level is the word for this smartphone. However, unlike most entry-level smartphones, the Nokia 1 stands out with its smooth and fluid stock Android experience thanks to the Android Oreo Go Edition OS. The new, lighter operating system by Google promises 2X more available storage space out of the box on smartphones with 8GB ROM (expandable to 128GB), compared to those that sport Android Nougat. Lesser storage uptake means faster operation, quicker multi-tasking and fewer lags, which is what we experienced not only on the Nokia 1 but also the upcoming Micromax Bharat Go and Lava Z50, both of which will be the first two smartphones to support Android Oreo Go Edition in India.
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