Alcatel launches waterproof Go Play smartphone

Alex Kidman 18 April 2016

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Alcatel's latest smartphone sells itself on its durability at a mid-range price.

Alcatel’s primary market space is in the entry level and mid-range phone market, although it has been pushing upwards a little of late with devices like the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 and the VR-ready Alcatel Idol 4. There’s still no sign of local pricing for the Idol 4, but in the meantime Alcatel’s launching another mid-range device in the local market, the Alcatel Go Play.

The Go Play phone is relatively basic on a straight technology front, with Android 5.0 ("Lollipop") rather than the newer 6.0 ("Marshmallow") offering, 8MP rear camera and relatively tiddly 8GB of internal memory, of which only 4GB is actually user accessible. It is at least expandable via microSD cards.

That being said, the key hook is the durability of the Go Play. It’s IP67 rated, with Alcatel claiming waterproofing for up to 1 metre. As always, IP ratings are for dunkings in clean, fresh water, so your phone’s durability if you do drop it in the surf or a chlorinated pool may vary.

Alcatel will sell the Go Play range, which comes in dark grey, dark red, orange blue, lime green, blue and orange, for $299. Here’s the rundown on its critical specifications:

Alcatel Go Play
OSAndroid 5.0 ("Marshmallow")
Screen size5in
Resolution720x1280
Display density294ppi
Storage8GB
Weight151g
ProcessorQuad Core 1.2 GHz CPU
Rear camera8MP
Front camera5MP
Battery2500mAh

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